LED dice & smart alarm clock take out Best Concept category at 2015 Brightsparks Awards

Monday 2nd November 2015

Congratulations to Aurelia Wilberforce and Simon Fitzgerald named winners of the Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Concept Award (Junior & Senior categories respectively) at the 2015 Brightsparks Awards.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Bright Sparks competition is run by The Skills Organisation and encourages young people to generate an idea for an invention that aims to solve the social problems around us. Since the year 2000, smart kids ranging from as young as 9 to 18 from all over the country have created amazing and imaginative inventions in a bid to take home one of the Award categories and a share of the $10,000 prize pool.

Baldwins is proud to sponsor the Brightsparks programme and to support to the bright young minds that participate in this annual event. Baldwins’ involvement includes sponsorship of the overall ‘Best Concept’ Award as well as offering intellectual property support to participants by one of the firm’s senior patent attorneys, Duncan Schaut.

Thirteen year old Aurelia Wilberforce of Lincoln High School in Christchurch, designed ‘Wakey Wakey’ a smartphone app with an alarm that cannot be switched off until the user completes a task designed to activate all the parts of the brain that ensure an individual is awake.  Aurelia’s inspiration for the project came from her own experiences waking up for school: “One day I was running late for school, had a maths test and felt half asleep, so I was thinking about how I could fix this and create something to wake me up properly and more efficiently.”

Seventeen year old Simon Fitzgerald of Auckland designed and engineered a games table concept called ‘Board Mania’ with built-in LED dice to prevent players cheating or losing pieces from the game.  Simon drew on his own experiences at home for the project:I came across the frustration of losing dice and having to find them for my games.”

Aurelia and Simon were presented with their Awards, along with the other category winners at the annual Brightsparks Awards finalists’ forum and Awards ceremony held at the Vodafone offices in downtown Auckland last week.

Baldwins would like to send a big congratulations to all the finalists and category winners at this year’s awards.

To see the full list of winners for 2015, please visit the Brightsparks website by clicking here.


 Junior Best Concept WINNER: Aurelia Wilberforce for Wakey Wakey with Baldwins Senior
Associate, Duncan Schaut


Senior Best Concept WINNER: Simon Fitzgerald for Board Mania with Baldwins Senior
Associate, Duncan Schaut

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