May 16, 2017
Sign language and scholarships top apps
Hamilton-based contestants have won this year’s DIGMYIDEA Maori Innovation Challenge.
A team lead by Adele Sauer won the Mauri Tu open category for ages 26 and over with their Maori sign language app SeeCom.
The Mauri oho youth category was won by Nicole Calderwood Scholar, a web based platform to help tertiary students find and apply for scholarships.
One of the judges, Mike Taitoko from technology company Waiora Pacific says the 10 finalists submitted a broad range of ideas from tourism to gaming and language concepts, backed up with good business case studies.
He says they also looked for ways to use technology to improve the lives of whanau rather than just producing another app.
The winners each get $10,000 in support to develop their ideas.
The competition was designed by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development.
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