A breathtakingly clever engineering project or product that has solved an age-old problem or shifted from the ‘always done this way’ mentality.

To be envied

  • A design and development process that shows investigation, discovery, and inventiveness.

  • Lateral thinking and problem solving – a solution to an identified need or problem, or a new benefit or advantage over existing alternatives.

  • Demonstrated value to the environment or society in which the project exists.

  • Inspiration for future innovators – how has the innovation been made available to the public, and how does it contribute to engineering knowledge?


  • Entries are open to individuals, teams, firms or other groups

  • Projects or products eligible

  • Work substantially completed in New Zealand, by engineers who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

  • May include work by non-engineers

  • Work substantially completed between November 2018 and November 2020

  • Do not have to be Engineering New Zealand members

Judging Criteria

  • Vision – conception

  • Opportunity/challenge – need/desire, differentiation and advantage

  • Design/delivery – development, differentiation, cost and how it’s solved the problem or created a step change

  • Impact – achievement, sustainability, social responsibility, and potential

How to enter

  1. Check the eligibility criteria 

  2. Download and complete entry form 

  3. Upload form and supporting material to the online portal

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Entries open

3 Dec – 11 Mar 2021

Contact us for late entries

Finalists announced

May 2021


1 July 2021

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