Ōtautahi 2025 Challenge

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Interested in working alongside the non-profit sector to find solutions to some of Christchurch’s biggest problems? Got lots of creative ideas about how we can make Christchurch a better place in 2025? This Challenge is for you!

What is the Challenge about?

The Ōtautahi 2025 Challenge is a two-day event in partnership with the Christchurch City Mission and the YMCA. You will work in teams to come up with a future-focused concept to present to a judging panel.

Throughout the Challenge, you will be guided by mentors, industry experts, and business experts so no previous experience is necessary.

Not only is there free food and transport from the University of Canterbury, but you will gain a breadth of skills including teamwork, critical analysis, quick thinking, and presentation. Not to mention the cash prize pool available!

Do I need a team in advance?

No, we will create the teams for you... All you need to do is apply and turn up!

Who should attend?

If you’re interested in the non-profit sector or social enterprise, or you want to boost your enterprise skills, this is the event for you! We supply you with all of the information and people you need to get the most out of the experience.

The Challenge is open to Year 12 and 13 High School students and Tertiary students.

When is the Challenge?

Registrations open Friday 26 October and close on Friday 16 November at 5:00pm.

  • Challenge Launch: Thursday 22 November, 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
  • Challenge: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November, 9.00am - 5.00pm both days.


  • First prize: $750
  • Second prize: $500
  • Third prize: $250

How do I Apply?

Registrations for this challenge closed Friday 16 November.

If you have any questions please email uce@canterbury.ac.nz.



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