Calling all agricultural innovations

Fieldays awards offer great opportunities for clever Kiwis

Vodafone Innovation Technology Award winners Halter with their technology that enables farmers to shift and monitor cows from anywhere

Entries are open for the Fieldays Innovations Awards, a unique chance for agricultural innovators to test their ideas, gather information, launch products, and make connections.
Award categories include the Prototype Grassroots, for new innovations, the Prototype Established, which recognises product development, Launch NZ, which is for innovations ready to go to market, and International for launching innovations globally. All the awards offer Kiwi innovators the chance to showcase their ideas and benefit from the expertise, advice and opportunities the awards process offers.
“As well as the $60,000 prize pool on offer in cash, entrants will also be given a platform to test the market, the opportunity to learn from industry experts, and the chance to develop their innovation through the various production stages,” says Gail Hendricks, Fieldays Innovations event manager.
“These awards support Kiwi ingenuity, recognising people who pick problems or processes and are creative in the way they solve or enhance them.”
Entrants get the opportunity to present their innovations to the many visitors and exhibitors that attend Fieldays from around the country and internationally.
More than 130,000 visitors attended the event in 2018, making it the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere and an ideal platform for backyard inventors and start-up companies to interact with their end-users and progress their innovations.
The international reach of Fieldays spans 42 counties with more than 300 international visitors attending Fieldays, with delegations from Korea, China, South East Asia, Australia, and the UK.
Award entrants are supported by a group of knowledgeable and insightful organisations and individuals who provide advice around law, research, networking, engineering, technology, and science.
It’s the perfect opportunity to take your innovation to the next level.
See www.fieldays.co.nz/innovations for more information and how to apply.

Students from St Paul’s Collegiate talking with Fieldays visitors on their invention – the Gudgeon Guard

2018 Fieldays Grassroots Prototype Award winners Acuris Systems with their prototype robot that autonomously navigates kiwifruit orchards while capturing highly accurate fruit data. This data is then analysed to provide growers with quality information and insights to their orchards performance