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Sustainability Innovation Sprint
Solve it will be back in 2023, dates will become available in the new year.



Sustainability Innovation Sprint
Solve it will be back in 2023, dates will become available in the new year.

About Solve It with 5G

Solve It with 5G is the innovation sprint that gets you to think, ideate and create solutions to tackle some of New Zealand’s toughest sustainability problems. Develop ideas to use technology to make the world a better place, with opportunities to gain friends, professional contacts and cash prizes. Prize pool of $8,000!

You’ll be put into teams to solve a sustainability problem posed by our Solve It industry partners:

  • Auckland Transport
  • Beca
  • Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

In teams you will work on one of the assigned problems:

  • How might we redevelop our road network to adapt to climate change, making it people-centric?
  • How might we design more sustainable public transport facilities as we transition to lower carbon transportation?
  • How might we better design urban growth to be more sustainable?

Each partner will give a brief insight into the challenge, then you will work in teams to form ideas for solutions to the problem posed utilising 5G technology. All participants will be given an introduction to 5G technology to understand its capability and potential application.

No prior experience with 5G technology, innovation, entrepreneurship or business is required. You will have the opportunity to learn about the basics of 5G and experiment with 5G enabled technology at the University’s new Te Ahi Hangarau technology hub, created with support from Vodafone.



BenefitsParticipation in Solve It with 5G will provide you with the opportunity to develop numerous skills and connections:

  • Learn about ideation, design thinking
  • Learn the basics about 5G technology
  • Opportunity to make new friends and work with other like-minded students passionate about making a difference in the world 
  • Opportunity to develop industry contacts
  • Participation in Solve It with 5G will earn you credits towards a Distinguished Graduate Award, recognised on your official transcript
  • Over $8,000 in cash prizes and other benefits to be won
  • Winners will receive a trophy


Timing and commitment

Solve It with 5G kicks off in the second week of the mid-semester break. Monday 5 – Friday 9 September, 9am – 5pm. The high energy, full-time programme includes compulsory contact time consisting of workshops and mentoring as well as independent and team work.

The time commitment for this programme includes a full week-long programme, with some online reading beforehand.​ Solve It with 5G will be conducted on campus.


Who is Solve It with 5G for?

who forFree and open to all current students and staff of the University of Auckland. From creatives to technologists, scientists to business students, everyone will benefit from attending this programme. Put your curiosity and creativity to practise.

No prior experience with 5G technology,  innovation, entrepreneurship or business is required, nor do you need an idea or existing team to participate. Just bring your energy and enthusiasm! Join as an individual or with your friends, and finish Solve It with 5G as part of a team.



Facilitation team

Zoe ChamelZoe Chamel – Programme design and Lead Facilitator
Zoe Chamel is a highly experienced independent Customer Experience and Design Thinking consultant who has worked with and led transformation change for highly successful New Zealand organisations including Better by Design, Air New Zealand, AMP, Vodafone, Westpac and Z Energy.

Zoe began her career as a market researcher and now combines this experience with her Design Thinking expertise to solve key problems within organisations for both customers and employees, helping them explore new opportunities and implement innovative solutions to key challenges.

During her recent role at Z Energy, she developed an award-winning Innovation Capability Programme that has seen them successfully build design thinking capabilities throughout the company and has resulted in a steady pipeline of innovative new services and products.

Zoe is rightfully considered a leader in the world of Human Centred Design and has shared her insights and learnings of embedding design thinking into organisations in New Zealand and internationally.


Judith Marecek – Programme Manager
Judith is an international award-winning educator who has worked at the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) for the past seven years. Judith has led the evolution of the Velocity entrepreneurship development programme and Summer Lab, both of which have won international awards. She has in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurial education and is passionate about supporting students on their entrepreneurial journeys.



Jessica SchneiderJessica Schneider – Programme Coordinator
Jessica is a well-respected member of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) who leads operations for numerous CIE programmes including the VentureLab incubator, Start-up Studio and Summer Lab. One of her superpowers is the ability to create deep and lasting connections with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and CIE participants. Jessica combines this with German efficiency, attention to detail and a can-do attitude.


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