Solve for Tomorrow 2023

Solve for Tomorrow 2023

Inspiring Kiwi kids to change the world for good

Solve for Tomorrow is a nationwide competition challenging New Zealand’s next generation of innovators to unleash their creativity and use STEAM to help improve their communities.

Delivered in partnership with MOTAT, and open to Kiwi kids in Year 5-10, the finalists will share $20,000 in prizes, including prize money and Samsung technology for them and their school.
Terms and conditions apply.

The Opportunity

The Solve for Tomorrow competition is designed to build interest and proficiency in STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Arts, or Math), and challenges Year 5-10 students to show how design thinking can be applied to help improve their communities.

Simply identify an issue your community is facing – check out our 2022 winners for great examples – then unleash your creativity and demonstrate how STEAM and design thinking can be applied to create an amazing new solution.

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Samsung is putting up a whole range of awesome tech for the winners. And, if tech isn’t your thing, that’s ok, because there are cash prizes too!

All cash prizes are in NZD. T&C's apply

First place

$12,000 prize pool

Including cash and Samsung tech for winners and their school

Second place

$8,000 prize pool

Including cash and Samsung tech for winners and their school

How to enter

Entry is simple – there’s just two steps to complete!

Step 1 (recommended)

  • Our VIP judges are here to help you make your inventions the best they can be! Complete and submit your Project Plan by the deadline (26thJune 2023) and receive feedback from our panel of expert judges to make your final entry even better. This step is optional, but taking the opportunity to receive and implement feedback will strengthen your entry and improve your chance of winning. We highly recommend this step!
  • Submit your Project Plan by 26 June 2023 and feedback will be provided by 21 July 2023. You’ll then have until 4 September 2023 to submit your final entry.

Step 2 (required)

  • Once you have ideated and tested your epic new solution, complete the online application form, and upload your entry using one of the approved entry formats. Regardless of whether you submit a project plan or not, you have until 4 September 2023 to get your entry in.
  • Tell us everything we need to know about you and your idea. What is the issue you’re addressing, what is your solution, who is it for, why is it different, and what inspired you?
  • Or, if you already have a solution ready to go from a previous competition/school project, you can enter it now.

All Year 5-10 students and their teachers(s) can enter Solve for Tomorrow. Entries are welcome from individuals or teams. There is no limit to the number of people in each team – it could be a group of 4-5 students or a whole class. Schools may enter as many individuals or teams as they like.

To find out more or if you are teacher, check out our great resources here and keep an eye out for new resources and webinars throughout the course of the competition.

Entries can be submitted in the following formats:

  • Written plan or essay
    (max 1,000 words)
  • Poster, diagram, model or artwork
    (submitted via PPT, PDF, video or jpg format)

  • Presentation PowerPoint
    (max 10 slides)
  • Video Presentation
    (max 5 minutes)


Entries will be judged on:

Relevance (20%)
Identifying an issue that impacts your community or group of people

Feasibility (30%)
Feasibility of the solution with current technology and resources considered

Creativity (20%)
Creativity and originality of the idea

STEAM (20%)
Application of STEAM to help solve the problem or issue

Presentation (10%)
Quality and effectiveness of entry.

To review the full assessment criteria, see here.


Entries open
8 May 2023

Project Plan deadline
26 June 2023

Project Plan feedback provided
21 July 2023

Entries close
4 September 2023

Judging period and winners announced
by 22 September 2023

Our judges

  • Who can enter?

    Year 5-10 students and their teacher(s) / home school supervisor(s). Solve for Tomorrow is open to individuals or teams. There is no limit to the number of people in the teams – it could be a group of 4-5 students or a whole class.
  • Yes, you can enter a project from a previous competition, including Science Fair. However, you’ll need to make sure your project meets the judging criteria
  • No. Solve for Tomorrow is free to enter and there is no purchase requirement.
  • Each individual or group may submit one application. Teachers / home school supervisors may submit on behalf of their students. There is no limit to the number of entries per school.
  • Entries will be judged against the five key criteria. The judging panel comprises individual judges from Samsung and MOTAT, alongside Dr Siouxsie Wiles.
  • You will be contacted via the contact details you provide in your application.
  • Yes! To enable teachers to incorporate Solve for Tomorrow within their teaching programme, the programme has been designed to align with New Zealand’s National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP). Core objectives addressed through Solve for Tomorrow include:
      • Barrier free access: There are no bad ideas, or qualifications needed. We want students to feel free to express innovative and creative ideas as they work together as a team.
      • Inclusive education: We want to empower students to think about their own communities and encourage curiosity about their world. Who is in it? What is great about it? And what can be improved on?
      • Hands-on learning: Get hands-on to create something that could make a tangible difference within the community.
      • Application of STEAM learning: We want to give students a taste of how STEAM can be used to make a difference.
      • Leadership and group learning: Solve for Tomorrow is an opportunity for both teachers and students to work together as a group, learning to share their opinions and ideas and stepping up and leading others as the project progresses.
  • No. You will retain the rights to any intellectual property surrounding your idea.
  • See all T&Cs here.
  • Yes! While we highly recommend submitting project plans, this step is optional. So if you missed the deadline you still have until 4 September 2023 to submit your final entry, regardless of whether you submitted a project plan or not.
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