12-14 June 2017 | Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland (Callaghan Innovation)
C-Prize is an incentivised technology competition to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology. Run by EPIC New Zealand partner Callaghan Innovation every two years, competition entrants are challenged to come up with technology solutions that deliver solutions to real industry problems. The bold people who participate in C-Prize challenges have their innovations reviewed and recognised by a panel of industry professionals, prominent investors, and entrepreneurs. Cash prizes and international market exposure are up for grabs.
Wearable technology is poised to become an essential part of our everyday lives when it is put to work solving real industry problems. A plethora of projects within New Zealand companies hint at just how ready we are to take wearables beyond the gadgetry that exists today. C-Prize 2017 challenged New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs to turn industries on their head by creating the next generation of wearable technology to improve human performance and wellbeing. Three themes meaningful to New Zealand were chosen: live healthier, work safer, and play smarter. Competition entrants could choose to participate in one or more of the challenge themes.
The next generation wearables events took place in three different cities in New Zealand between June 14th and 16th, 2017. The participants could attend three seminars and meetups which provided them with a valuable opportunity to hear from international experts and meet up with other individuals, companies and innovators in the wearable technology space.
- The first event was organised in Christchurch where some 100 attendees from both academia and industry had an opportunity to take part in workshop panels run by the international experts in wearable technologies.
- The second event in Wellington attracted more than 60 attendees who took part in the C-Prize Workshop.
- The final day of the event in Auckland brought together 60 people who participated in the C-Prize Workshop with the European experts.
These workshops were intended to be a combination of presentations by wearable technology expert speakers (from academia / industry) as well as an opportunity for workshop attendees to discuss and get feedback on ideas they are considering submitting to the challenge competition. EPIC brought experts from Europe to New Zealand in order to provide opportunities to establish new collaborations.
The main objective of this series of events was to provide C-Prize participants with insights into the topic of next generation wearable technology provided by EU experts in the field. The events aimed to provide insight and stimulate interest in international ICT research and development cooperation. Another main aim was to advertise European expertise in the field of Internet of Things and Next Generation Internet with an innovation-minded and internationally-oriented young entrepreneurial crowd.