WOODS Agency 22 Young Innovators Awards

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Phil Harris
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Sara Keranen-Gramner
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Members
    Stephen Finnegan, Danelle Bourgeois, Luke Thompson, Georgia Baker, Reuben Woods
  • Kaitautoko / Contributor
    Peter Oliver
  • Client
    Priority One

We co-founded the Young Innovator Awards programme 12 years ago, with the aim of fostering a culture of innovation amongst secondary students in our region. The best entries, as judged by top innovators in NZ and abroad, win internships at leading innovative businesses in the Bay of Plenty plus cash prizes.

Like most children, The Young Innovator Awards has grown up in the blink of an eye. For the first time since its inception, we gave YiA a proper brand refresh to better reflect the changing world students live in today.

Our rebrand is all about giving agency to the students – reminding them that meaningful innovation comes from a place of personal experience and that everyone has something unique to offer the world. The letter ‘i’ from the logo inspired a new brand story and graphic device based on the insight that “innovation begins with i.”