Inventors given chance to expose ideas widely
Calling all agricultural inventors. The most innovative competition in the agricultural industry is returning in 2011 after yet another ground breaking year.
Organisers are now searching for Kiwi inventors to enter their rural inventions in the Innovation Competition held annually at the largest agribusiness event in the Southern Hemisphere, the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.
Fieldays is the ideal platform to launch new ideas and developments into the farming sector.
The Innovation Centre, powered by the University of Waikato, is one of the most popular areas at the event, with thousands of visitors eager to view the latest rural advancements.
After the huge success of the competition in 2010, the Innovation Centre has grown in size and is centrally located in the heart of Fieldays.
The competition is divided into two sections to incorporate both commercial innovations and backyard creations. The inventions category brings Kiwi ingenuity to the forefront by demonstrating what New Zealanders can visualise and create.
Entrants in this section are all striving for the Golden Standard, an award worth $5000 which represents excellence in innovation.
Professionally-made inventions can be entered in the equipment category, which invites businesses with new developments that improve farming systems to compete against other expert inventions.
Inventors aged 24 and under are encouraged to enter the competition with the Young Inventor of the Year award.
Up to eight awards will be presented to the most pioneering inventions. ‘‘Although the prizes for the winners are substantial, the biggest draw card is the amount of knowledge gained from participating in the competition. Entrants receive feedback from potential customers, information about breaking into the industry and the potential to gain priceless media exposure of their invention,’’ said Vanessa Richmond, event manager New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.
Last year the focus of the competition was to bridge the gap between the competition and the commercial marketplace.
This initiative has provided support and motivation for the entrants especially at the Next Step informative evening, back by popular demand in 2011. Industry leaders and past entrants who have ‘‘made it’’ in the industry describe and recount their success.
Rural trade leaders will also be present at the event as the potential of the competitors’ creations is huge.
The organisers of the competition are intent on supporting the entrants of the competition not only during Fieldays but after the competition as well.
Entries are now open and will close on May 18 2011.
An initial vetting process will determine the best entries which will be displayed in the Innovation Centre at the 43rd New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, June 15 to 18 2011, held at Mystery Creek Events Centre.
For further information please contact the innovation coordinator Adam Reinsfield on 07 843 4499, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fieldays.co.nz.