2021 Regional Championships

Entries for the 2021 Regional Championships are now open.

As the end of the year fast approaches it is time for all of the wonderful mahi that our students have done during the year as part of the 123Tech challenge to be celebrated.

We do this by running a Regional Championship, with winners being decided in late November and progressing through to our National finals Steps to Nominations with winners announced on the 10th December via a Livestream broadcast featuring some amazing technology happening right here in New Zealand and the projects that have been undertaken by our students, plus a few surprises along the way.

To enter Discovery level teams in the challenge you need to:

Record a video of your teams completing each of the following discovery challenge activities. 

The video must include

Sorting  Network

Parity Magic

4-bit binary exercise showing any 5 random numbers

Click to download our step by step guide to enter teams


The video must include at least one member of the team explaining what the activity is that they have done and its purpose.  Entries will be judged on their time to complete the activity, the accuracy of the activity, and their explanation of the activities.

For First, Secondary, Senior Secondary teams, and Solo entries in the challenge you need to:

Record a 10-minute presentation of your teams presenting their project and upload all supporting documentation such as their Blog URL, research documentation, reports, planning templates etc. The more information that is provided to the judges the better!  

Note - the quality of the video is not being judged, please don't strive for perfection in the video at the expense of the work being completed or entered late.


Once you are ready to enter your teams work, go ahead and click on the enter now button below

 Entries close on 10th November at 11:59pm late entries will not be considered



What else do you need to know about the 2021 regional and national championships?

Due to Covid restrictions, we are running our Regional events the same as we did last year and will be conducting judging virtually online with online judging   This is fantastic for teachers as it now means you have a longer period of time to nominate your teams to compete in the 123Tech Regional Event.

With that in mind, here is a list of frequently asked questions around the 2021 challenge


Q: When do my entries need to be in by?
A: The last date for submissions is 10th November.

Q: What happens if my entry is late?
A:  We cannot accept late entries, if you do feel you are running out of time then please reach out to us and we will see how we might be able to help.

Q: How many teams can I enter into the challenge?
A:  Each school can nominate 2 teams per challenge level, if you are having trouble selecting two teams, please let us know as we may be able to offer support around this.

Q: What format should the supporting information be in?
A: Any format you like, PDF is best, but you can upload any file format or link to a google file in google drive.

Q: How long should the presentation video be of my team?
A: 10 Mins, and remember the post-production of the video doesn't need to be flash, as long as we can see and hear them!

Q: What documentation is required?
A: Any and all documentation that supports your team's entries.  During the challenge, they have been asked to keep a record of their learning by way of a blog, but this could be in any format, video, blog or document.

Q:  I don't have time to do a video - is there another way to enter?
A:  Unfortunately not, but perhaps you could get your students to record and edit the video

Q:  What are the judging criteria for the project level challenges?
A:  Judging criteria for First, Secondary, Senior Secondary & Solo are as follows: -

  1. Research
  2. Planning
  3. Implementation (First Level Only)
  4. Documentation
  5. Presentation
  6. Creativity
  7. Teamwork (Not applicable for Solo)
  8. Safety/Ethics (Secondary, Senior Secondary & Solo Levels Only)
  9. Pivoting (Secondary, Senior Secondary & Solo Levels Only)
  10. Project Report (Secondary, Senior Secondary & Solo Levels Only)

Q:  What are the judging criteria for the Discovery level challenge
A:  Judging for the Discovery challenge level will be based on the time and accuracy of the x3 activities chosen.  We will be also be providing extra points for those teams that can include in their video an inventive and clear description of what each of the x3 activities is trying to show. 

Q:  What are the activities that the Discovery level teams need to complete?
A: Teams must complete a sorting network, parity magic, and binary counting activities


If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us via email to [email protected]