About C-Prize

C-Prize is an incentivised technology competition to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology.

About C-Prize

For information about C-Prize 2019, see the Callaghan Innovation website.

Run by Callaghan Innovation every two years, competition entrants are challenged to come up with technologies that deliver solutions to real industry problems. 

The bold people who participate in C-Prize challenges have their innovations reviewed and recognised by a panel of industry professionals, prominent investors, and entrepreneurs. Cash prizes, and international market exposure are up for grabs.

The inaugural 2015 C-Prize focussed on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) technology for the screen industry. You can watch the 2015 competition video here. 2015 winners Vortech won a NZ$50,000 cash prize, an expense paid trip to exhibit at the 2016 NAB trade show in Las Vegas and wide market exposure through Callaghan Innovation networks. C-Prize finalists Dotterel also attended NAB 2016, and went to win the “overall most innovative product” at the tradeshow.

Through in-depth industry engagement and design workshops the opportunity for “Next generation wearable technology to improve human performance and wellbeing” was landed for C-Prize 2017. Find out more details about the 2017 challenge.

Dotterel's C-Prize 2015 Journey

Vortec's C-Prize 2015 Journey

About Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s innovation agency. We activate innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, delivering a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of their growth. Our staff – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

We also enhance the operation of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem, working closely with MBIE, NZTE, NZVIF, Crown Research Institutes, and other organisations that help increase business investment in R&D and innovation. We operate from five urban offices and a regional partner network in a further 12 locations across Aotearoa.

Visit our website or call 0800 4CALLAGHAN (0800 422 552) for more information.