The competition was established in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Wellington as a part of Sir Paul’s vision of New Zealand becoming “the most beautiful, stimulating and exciting place in the world in which to work and live.” The way to achieve this, in Paul’s eyes, was through an economic growth strategy driven by innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Success in these areas comes from New Zealanders with the passion, dedication, and commitment to create an economic, social or environmental dividend from the application of research.
Young people from around New Zealand compete in regional competitions, discussing exciting ideas from the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The emphasis of the discussion is how these ideas can contribute to New Zealand’s economy, society and environment.
The winners of the regional competitions will compete on the 10th of October in the national competition at Massey University in Wellington. There they will have 12 minutes to present their idea to a panel of judges and impress them with their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills.
The winner will receive $5000 towards their future studies while the three runners up receive $2500. The eight remaining finalists will receive $1000.
Our country’s future success relies on these passionate young people and the Eureka Programme plays a part in giving them the encouragement, support and inspiration they need to achieve Sir Paul’s vision.