Bay of Plenty Tech Mashup Competition A Big Success

This year’s Bay of Plenty Mashup Competition has been labelled a big success by participants, parents and organisers.

Held once again at the BOP Polytechnic’s Bongard campus, teams were asked to work on a solution to the problem: “I’m bored and there’s nothing to do around here.” This year’s winners, Solid Impact from Katikati, won the Trustpower Mashup Cup with their Kati-Stuff website solution.

The home school group developed an events and activities one-stop shop portal where scattered information is drawn into one place. Targeting 12 to 24 year olds, the website also offered a jobs board that would connect local employers and the town’s youth. The team also takes home $400 in winnings for producing the best managed mashup.

The aim of the Mashup competition is to encourage secondary school students to work as teams to develop real solutions to problems, using multiple data sources and technology platforms.  They must develop a business plan, design a solution and then present it to a panel of judges, all in just a weekend.  This year I acted as both a mentor and judge and was once again blown away with the calibre of the kids taking part. From their technical skills, coding and developing software solutions, to their team working, problem solving and project management, these young people give you faith that the negative stories you hear about our youth are truly isolated examples.  And on top of that they were engaging, respectful, inquisitive and willing to learn.  Their presentations were also variously professional, funny, compelling and of such as standard as you would be happy to see in any corporate boardroom or startup pitch.

Category winners (each of these teams wins $400)

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council best technical mashup: Beamer from Mount Maunganui College
  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic best designed mashup: Virtuous Enterprises from Otumoetai College
  • Technology Wise best managed mashup: Solid Impact from Katikati home school group
  • University of Waikato best presented mashup: Lemons from Tauranga Girls’ College

And the Vodafone mashup champion: Robert Calvert from Mount Maunganui College (wins an iPad Air)