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Waikato students win big at NZ Startup Bootcamp

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After 48 hours of innovation and hard work, two University of Waikato teams came out on top of the NZ Startup Bootcamp, each taking home $10,000.

The winner of the ASB Best Startup category was agri tech team RH Innovation.

The team was made up of Waikato students: Rahat Hasan, Tyler Crabtree, Bismarck Simeon, Daniel Blair and Cooper Stephenson.

The students have developed a revolutionary way to measure soil moisture, salinity and fertiliser content, using cost effective sensors to effectively gather information with ease. The information is stored in their database and made available to their clients via the Cloud. This information will later serve as the backbone of their Artificial Intelligence model which will help farmers save money by providing precise information on soil condition.

RH Innovation CEO and Engineering PhD candidate Rahat Hasan says the team’s range of expertise was what set them apart.

"We all met at uni a year ago, and we work really well together. We all have different backgrounds and experience, which fuelled the synergy that made our team so great."

University of Waikato team Crisis Management took out the Gallagher Best New Idea category. The four students, Namrah Siddiqui Carpio, Callum Macdonald, Chun Ho Tse (Leo), and Jiabao Zhao (Boa) beat out the other nine teams in their category to win $10,000.

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