Biennially, Callaghan Innovation hosts its C-Prize challenge, open for national participation. C-Prize is an incentivised technology competition that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible through technology.
The grand prize winner receives a NZ$100,000 prize package, including an all-expenses paid trip to a major overseas technology tradeshow.
This year, C-Prize invited New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs to turn industries on their head by creating the next generation of wearable technology. To do this, entrants were challenged with creating a hardware-software wearable solution that captures and processes user data and communicates feedback, allowing the user to act to enhance their outcome. The process took more than seven months and received a huge response rate. With 92 initial entries, 10 teams were selected as finalists.
Three themes were chosen for the 2017 challenge that were recognised as being significant to New Zealand: Live Healthier, Work Safer and Play Smarter. Participants opted to enter one or more of these challenge themes.
This year, seven of the 10 finalist teams chose to work on the ‘Live Healthier’ brief, highlighting the importance of this subject on a national scale, also mirroring global trends.
Southern Cross Health Society strongly supports innovation in health technology and is sponsoring the ‘Live Healthier’ category.
Southern Cross Health Society CEO, Nick Astwick was part of the judging panel to select the 10 finalist teams, “We are excited to be supporting the future of health technology innovation in New Zealand. Of the ten teams we saw, we’re really proud that each of them have come far enough to be so highly credible" he says. “if they can bring to life what they’re promising, that would be amazing – particularly for human performance and outcomes for health.”
“There were a lot of proposals in the wellbeing space. As an organisation in the business of health assurance, wellbeing is a really big platform for us”.
“I saw two or three magical things that could potentially align with our wellbeing proposition, and together we could empower Kiwis to live their healthiest lives”.
Nick will re-join the judging panel to announce the grand prize winning team this Friday, 1 December.
Read here for more information about the 10 finalist teams and their innovations.