19 October 2023 at 10:00 am

Smart cities and AI technology key focus for KIWI Challenge 2023

Popular high school student competition KIWI (Kompetisi Ide Wirausaha Indonesia) Challenge back again for a fourth year. 

KIWI Challenge
From left – ENZ’s Programme Manager, Indonesia, Naluri Bella with one of the 2022 KIWI Challenge teams, a group from BINUS School Serpong - Rafael Rangga Natariano, Darlene Christabelle Wijaya, Isabel Jo Orleans, Calista Zahra Caesariyani and Kopi Tuli’s co-founder Tri Erwinsyah Putra.

The competition is designed to inspire youth across Indonesia to be engaged in entrepreneurial activities that address societal issues.

The 2023 theme is “Reforming Indonesia’s mobility and smart cities using AI technology”.

Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) organises the competition in collaboration with a New Zealand university and Kopi Tuli (Deaf Cafe), a deaf community in Jakarta. This year, ENZ is partnering up with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to co-host the initiative.

School groups are required to submit video entries to a judging panel made up of AUT academics and ENZ representatives. Submissions are reviewed by the panel and finalists selected. The students will then be supported through a number of workshops and mentoring by the AUT academics.  

The participating academic from AUT is Senior Lecturer International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dr Taghreed Hikmet, who has expertise in smart cities and is passionate about mentoring and inspiring young future leaders. She has had close involvement in multiple programmes like YES, where she mentored young entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas. 

Dr Hikmet says she is honoured to be involved this year.   

“It is a delight to have the opportunity to inspire Indonesian students to think creatively about what the future can look like. The development of smart cities is about improving sustainability, creating opportunities for economic development and enhancing the quality of life for people, I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas students put forward,” she says. 

ENZ Director Asia Ben Burrowes says that this initiative showcases New Zealand’s world-class education and academics in a meaningful way. 

“Now entering its fourth year, KIWI Challenge has grown into a unique platform for New Zealand and our top academics to remain connected to Indonesian students in a way that is in touch with what matters to them. We continue to work with partners in Indonesia to identify the themes that resonate with students” he says.

The winners of the competition will be announced on Saturday 25 November, the top three groups will be awarded vouchers worth IDR 2,000,000 – 10,000,000. 

To date, the competition has attracted more than 1,000 Indonesian students through the programme and each year has showcased a New Zealand university and a particular theme. Previous university partners were Massey University (Tourism), Lincoln University (Agribusiness) and the University of Canterbury (Education Technology).  

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