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Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) – Kia kotahi mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau – National Science Challenge.

Challenge background

The Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI) launched in 2015. One of 11 National Science Challenges, SfTI is a 10-year, multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a high-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.

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Our People

Read about the people and organisations who are behind the SfTI Science Challenge. 

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Vision Matauranga

Vision mātauranga is a New Zealand government science policy framework. Its mission is to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Vision mātauranga is integrated (kia kōtahi) into all Challenge activity and its way of working and thinking.

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Capacity Development

To accelerate the evolution of our high-tech economy, we fund our researchers to expand their human and relational skills, so that they can connect and co-innovate with industry and Māori and create new, high-value, high-impact products and services.

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Latest news and updates

Entrepreneur Kat Lintott joins SfTI Board

An entrepreneur with a passion for empowering people to make the world a better place through action has joined the Board of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge.

Meet the researchers: Will Browne - Artificial Intelligence from rat brains

Dr Will Browne, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, says modern artificial intelligence is still very easily fooled.

Meet the researchers: Jens Dietrich - Bugging out

Software problems do more than slow your computer down.  Your car won’t start, and for those who can remember back to Y2K, there’s the general fear that everything could suddenly screech to a grinding halt.