Every June over 100,000 visitors attend the New Zealand National Fieldays event at Mystery Creek near Hamilton. Fieldays is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hempishere, run with the goal of facilitating face-to-face connections and driving innovation together for the advancement of agriculture in New Zealand.
Fieldays Innovation Awards are the premier launch pad for new products and services in the primary sector, connecting agri innovators from all levels with corporate decision makers, media and investors.
This year the judging team found entrants to be of a much higher quality and had a difficult time trying to make their decisions. The breadth of talent and the number of young participants this year was truly astounding. The future of ag innovation is looking stronger than ever.
The judging panel made up of a knowledgable team of passionate innovators in the agricultural sector and include business innovation from the likes of Amazon Web services, Vodafone NZ, Callaghan innovation and Massey Street University.
The following are the 2019 Innovation Awards winners:
Fieldays Prototype Award: PICMI
PICMI removes the need for paperwork when hiring staff. The platform enables employers to personalise & manage their on-boarding process saving time and money whilst acting as an intermediary between employee and employer.
PICMI was the star of the show receiving three awards for their innovation. Inspired by problems faced personally, she fought to find a solution to the problem of finding seasonal workers, funding the innovation from their house deposit she developed her inspired idea.
Fieldays Establishment Award: Imaginus Ltd
Imaginus Ltd’s animal health innovation involves a unique prototype design for a packaging and delivery system for intramammary dry cow treatments and teat sealants. They focused on environmental sustainability and the reduction of plastic packaging (compared to traditional alternatives) and the reduction of labour and costs the key benefits.
Imaginus utilised their knowledge in a variety of industries to develop a faster, safer and more environmentally friendly solution to an important dairy task.
Fieldays Launch Nz Award: Future Post
Future Post has invented an environmentally friendly fence post made from 100% recycled plastics; their innovation boasts a stronger build with more durability than traditional fence post designs.
Judges said this product provides a way for farmers to participate in addressing what is a massive environmental problem for New Zealand. This is a positive and potential game-changing step towards dealing with New Zealand’s plastic recycling challenge.
Fieldays Innovations Partners Awards:
- Young Innovator of the Year – St Paul’s Collegiate School with ‘Bobble Trough’. Judges said they were impressed with their development process, their use of external expertise, their understanding of IP and of course their solution
- Vodafone Innovation Technology Award – PICMI
- AWS Innovation in Data – Riverwatch
- Sprout Global Growth Award – Matrex® Blockchain
- James & Wells Innovation Award – PICMI
- Gait International Award for Product Design and Scalability – Modusense Ltd
- Callaghan Innovation Partnership and Collaboration Award – Aepea
Information supplied by NZ National Fieldays Society