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Entries rolling in for Bay of Plenty Mashup competition

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 11:30 a.m.

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The Mashup 2012 powered by Ultrafast Fibre has already attracted six high quality teams from schools throughout the Bay of Plenty with three weeks remaining until entries close.

Competition organiser Bruce Fraser said that teams from Mount Maunganui College, Tauranga Boys College and Trident High School were the first teams to enter with many students returning from last year.

Mr Fraser said that the competition involves teams working over the weekend at the end of March on realistic business scenarios. "At the end, teams will present their business pitch to their 'clients' to show how they've integrated IT, marketing and sound business planning to create a Mashup opportunity for their chosen company," Mr Fraser said.

The competition begins at 9.30 on Saturday 31 March at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic's Bongard Centre in Tauranga and winds up with the awarding of the $2,500 in prizes on the Sunday afternoon.

Teams will select a business scenario to work on and then, with the help of IT, marketing and business mentors, will spend the next day and a half developing their own creative responses to the challenge.

Mr Fraser said that this competition seemed to be unique to the Bay of Plenty as no-one else has used Mashups in this way previously. "We've attracted a great team of sponsors and mentors who have recognised just how innovative and useful for developing student skills this competition is," Mr Fraser said.

More information on the competition is available from www.mashup.co.nz

The 2012 competition is sponsored by Ultrafast Fibre, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Trustpower, Avonmore Tertiary Institute, Holistec, Technology Wise, University of Waikato, Mix and Mash NZ, Cucumber and Pingar.

Contact Bruce Fraser, Mashup competition organiser 021 687 533 for more information.

Mashup "A webpage application that uses and combines data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services." (Wikipedia)

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