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MYOB IT Challenge 2016

Regional Competition

Regional participants and the judges Yellow Team Team Blue

For the first time, the MYOB IT Challenge has been extended to regions outside of Auckland, giving other universities and their students the opportunity to participate. The Canterbury Regional competition involved four teams of undergrduate and postgraduate students from business and information technology backgrounds. Teams were given five days to build an IT based solution relating to Payroll and/or People Management.

At the end of the five days, teams submitted their proposals and basic prototype before presenting to a panel of judges. The judging panel included:

  • Dr. Rachel Wright - Operations Manager, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Constantine Zakkaroff - Lecturer, UC Accounting and Information Systems
  • Jo Tozer - Australia/New Zealand Sales & Services Manager, MYOB PayGlobal
  • Kieron Telford - Development & Online Services Manager, MYOB PayGlobal
  • Jackie Hammond - People Advisor, MYOB


All teams did really well, especially given the five day time constraint. A number of teams focussed on task management, some on payroll and some on administration—such as annual leave.

The winning team was Team Blue. Team Blue focussed on MYOB's core clients who are predominantly small to medium sized enterprises who want to spend more time focussing on running their business and less time running their accounts. Team Blue's solution was a task management system that clearly set's out what tasks employees have on any given day of the week. The team had a very solid understanding of MYOB and where the company want's to grow.

The students in Team Blue were:

  • Charles More - Master of Business Management
  • Tom Mackintosh - Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chris Green - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

Also of mention was Team Red with 'Herbert'. Herbert is a Slack-integrated service that takes care of timekeeping. This was a very innovative solution that the judges really liked.

The students in Team Red were:

  • Will Richardson - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering
  • Logan Glasson - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Linguistics

National Competition

On Friday the 1st of July, the UC team headed up to Auckland with Incubator Manager Michelle Panzer to compete with teams from all around New Zealand to take our a share of $5,000.

The students representing UC were:

  • Charles More - Master of Business Management
  • Chris Green - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering
  • Ashley Beaton - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Sage Gwatkin - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Students had one month prior to the National Competition to prepare a two page report outlining their IT based solution that built on their initial task from the Regional Competition. For this next step, students had to take their concept to the futuristic level, with students encouraged to take inspiration from the likes of Star Trek and Minority Report.

The team then had to submit their report two days in advance and spent the remainder of their time preparing their 10-minute presentation for the judges.


The team pitched their futuristic solution on the Friday night and were among the four teams to progess through to the second and final round. The UC team made it through to the final round, pitching on Saturday 2nd of July. Their solution was a task management tool, with the incorporation of artificial intelligence as we progess into the future.

Victoria University of Wellington took away first prize with their "identity" solution which tracked employees with features such as allowing employees to switch or change shifts.

The judging panel included:

  • Adam Ferguson - General Manager of Technology at MYOB
  • John Moss - Chief Synergy Officer at MYOB
  • Emma Foley - Operations and Logistics Manager at Uber
  • Junia Ooi - Operations Coordinator at Uber

For more about how the team went at the National Competition, check out the blog post.

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