April 18, 2018
DIGMYIDEA opens world of innovation
Budding Maori digital entrepreneurs and rangatahi with an interest in technology are being encouraged to put their ideas into the third DIGMYIDEA Maori Innovation Challenge.
Individuals or teams of up to five people will get the chance to workshop their ideas and get support and advice from Maori working in technology.
If they win either the 15 to 25 age class or the 25 years plus class they get $10,000 worth of business startup assistance.
Pam Ford, the general manager business, innovation and skills for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, which is running the competition, says DIGMYIDEA was life changing for the first rangatahi winner, Josh Arnold from Ngapuhi.
Even though his idea of an app to help people socialise with friends in real life didn't pan out, the exercise introduced him to the business world.
"It motivated him to work harder at school and he is now studying computer science and biology at the University of California, Davis, and he is soon going to an Silicon Valley innovation camp at Stanford and he is really interested in using artifical intelligence and technology to make the world a better place," Ms Ford says.
DIGMYIDEA entries should be submitted through the website www.digmyidea.nz by May 27, and people can also trial their ideas at the DIGMYIDEA Hack-A-Thon on May 19, which is part of Techweek’18.
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