Kiwi school students have 'Amazing Ideas' for UFB
What can we actually do with a UFB? this was the challenge put to NZ school students, and they came up with some fantastic ideas. Telecom announced the winners today.
By Siobhan Keogh | Wednesday, 31 October, 2012
Telecom has announced the winners of a competition designed to showcase the potential of ultra-fast broadband in New Zealand.
The Amazing Ideas competition invited children country-wide to submit their ideas about UFB, and how it could change the lives of New Zealanders.
Senior marketing manager at telecom, Tom Hunt, said contestants were judged based on creativity (40%), how applicable the subject was to UFB (40%), and presentation (20%).
“We saw a lot of really great ideas in technology, but some were more linked to ultra-fast broadband than others,” Hunt said.
“And the general creativity was incredible. Most entries were great on the creativity.”
Four of the ten winners were in Auckland today to receive $2,000 in the form of a giant cheque on behalf of their schools. The cheques were presented by All Black Piri Weepu.
Three out of the four attended one school, the Bay of Plenty’s Katikati College.
Tyler Davidson, age 12, submitted an idea based around using technology to help athletes locate the right sports equipment for different activities.
13-year-old Lucy Douglas had plans to help people to locate medical experts and specialists, and 11-year old Noor Al-Shamma’s idea was to help students to locate resources for studying regardless of where they are.
Tauranga Boys’ student Jared Prescott also had an education focus, based around accessing both the best study resources and the best teachers for a given subject.