Unleash your wild creativity

What do you do when faced with increasing energy demands that could impact on New Zealand’s pristine and wild rivers and valleys? Launch a design competition. Called ‘Wild Energy’, the international green energy design competition has been developed by Kiwi website Happyzine, in response to the challenge New Zealand is currently facing to increase power supplies as demand grows. 

Co-organiser Charlotte Squire says the competition is an invitation to the designers and inventors of this world to share their ideas about green energy, so that people in New Zealand, and others facing similar energy demand issues world-wide, can face the challenge from a fresh and inspired perspective. And it looks as if Squire has big plans for the competition.

“I want to issue an invitation to inventors and green dreamers world-wide. I don’t care how qualified, or experienced you are, what matters here is creativity and viability of ideas. We’re challenging participants to come up with an idea that can be upscaled or replicated small-scale to generate fifty percent or more of the power that the proposed Mokihinui hydro dam (on the west coast of New Zealand) would create.”


Scrutinising your design will be a panel consisting of Jeanette Fitzsimons, Wellington-based designer Tim Wigmore, Steve Goldthorpe (a Waipu based energy analyst), Chris Heaslip (an Invercargill based engineer) and Geoff Henderson (CEO of Windflow Technology Ltd and recognised global wind energy expert).

And to add a little political flavour to the comp, a panel of New Zealand politicians have also agreed to choose and comment upon their favourite three designs. They are: National MP Nicky Wagner, Labour MP Charles Chauvel and Green Party MP Kevin Hague.

For more info and to see the judging criteria, left click HERE.


Entries can be either:

• Designs that generate stationery energy (that is, not transport fuel)

• Designs that reduce energy usage

You must (as part of the entry) include the likely energy generated (or saved) by your design, and the cost (both to implement, and to operate).

Your entry must include a description of the design (500 words maximum), plus relevant pictures (minimum three, maximum five) or video. An entry can be either conceptual (an idea), or an actual implementation—something you’ve tried, or are using. 

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