Red Bull Basement University, in partnership with HP and RE launches in NZ

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Written by Red Bull NZ
Red Bull’s global initiative for student innovators with the ‘technology for good’ mindset will launch for the first time in New Zealand as part of the 2019 program.
Red Bull announced today that its Basement University program will launch in New Zealand this year including four university launchpad workshops hosted on campus across the country. The initiative provides students the opportunity to co-create innovative projects that improve student life and tackle an issue on campus. Following a successful international launch last year, Basement University invites the next generation of young Kiwi innovators to challenge the status quo and use technology to create solutions that drive positive change on campus and beyond. A global collaborative initiative, Red Bull Basement University will travel to almost 30 countries in 2019.
Through a voting and judging process, Basement University will select one winning team from student innovators across New Zealand and help them to bring those ideas to life. The winning team from New Zealand will receive NZD $10,000, HP laptops and enter a five-week development phase to further evolve their idea with the support of designated mentors. At the conclusion of the development phase, New Zealand's winning team will then be flown to the Basement University Global Workshop, along with the winners from all other countries to attend a four-day event comprised of lectures, workshops and mentorship sessions. This event will be held December 12 - 15 in Toronto, Canada. This will all lead up to a final pitching competition and the selection of the global winner.
As part of the 2019 program, Basement University will host a series of launchpad workshop events in October, across four New Zealand campuses:
Monday October 7 - The University of Auckland
Tuesday October 8 - The University of Canterbury
Wednesday October 9 - Victoria University of Wellington
Thursday October 10 - University of Otago
The launchpad events will be free to attend and present an opportunity for applicants to attend a panel discussion and Q&A session looking at some of the most pressing issues facing students today. Considering how technology can play a role in helping solve these issues. The guest speakers are being finalised at the moment and will be announced shortly via the website. www.redbull.co.nz/basement


Red Bull Basement University launched its inaugural program in 2018 with more than 300 universities and 16 countries participating. The participants have come up with innovative ideas, such as giving students greater access to voting in campus elections and improving metal recycling and waste collection. The global winning idea in 2018 was awarded to Team Vacant in Toronto, which designed a prototype that enables students to get real-time information on study space availability across different buildings on campus.
"As students, we found that study space inefficiency was an issue on campus, and we wanted to bring our peers a better environment to learn, socialize and grow,” said Anna Pogossyan, who won the Red Bull Basement University Global Workshop 2018 with her partner, Temirlan Toktabek. "Red Bull Basement University gave us the resources we needed to take our idea to the next level. Through the experience, we realized that we don't have to stop at study spaces – we can use technology to advance the application of human-centered design in other environments."