Feb 25, 2019

Bright Sparks

  • Crimson Education
  • New Zealand
University Selection Competition Skill Building Other


The ASB Bright Sparks competition is New Zealand’s longest running national competition for young inventors, open to intermediate and high-school-aged students. A key initiative of Skills; the largest industry training organisation in the country, the competition showcases New Zealand’s young emerging creative and entrepreneurial talent in electronics and digital technologies. ASB Bright Sparks welcomes inventions with a focus on software, the environment, science, engineering and robotics. Thousands of brilliant youngsters from across New Zealand will be creating a range of innovative projects in a bid to win.

Whether it’s apps, gadgets, experiments or revolutionary machinery, the ASB Bright Sparks team enjoys receiving projects from New Zealand’s young geniuses. Some of the past categories have included: hardware engineering, software engineering, special applications, people's choice, and overall Winner - Male & Female.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




All intermediate and high school students enrolled in a New Zealand school are eligible to compete. It is competitive, however, in terms of the winners selected (there are usually over a thousand applicants, and only 22 finalists selected).

Participation Cost


There is no entry fee.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


There are no prerequisite skill sets needed in order to enter, however, a talent and an interest in software, the environment, science, engineering and robotics would be greatly beneficial.

Time Commitment


The amount of time that is dedicated to the project is at the entrant's discretion.

Application Deadline

2020 Dates are TBA

Application Process Includes

To enter, students must fill in a short form via the Bright Sparks website and submit a video that demonstrates their project and details the technical elements. Young inventors can register their ideas in advance, and the top 100 ideas will receive a starter kit before the competition launches. Further dates are TBA.