Honda opens entries for 2018 innovation competition

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Honda Australia today announced the launch of their Australian innovation competition.

On offer is a trip for two to Thailand and one-on-one time with a business consultant and application engineer to help develop the winning product.

National Sales Manager for Honda OEM, Erkan Bagdadi believes the competition underpins the company’s commitment to produce quality products and back Australian businesses.

“We’re asking people to get creative, not be bound by preconceived ideas and develop an innovative and unique Australian product which is powered by a Honda engine. We want the competition to stimulate new product development in Australia, grow local businesses and help the winners scale their inventions both here in Australia and overseas.
It’s also a great way for our customers to show us how our engines are turning their dreams into a reality like previous innovation competition winner, Atom Industries – Drillmaster.” said Bagdadi.

The Drillmaster became the world’s first 4-stroke engine powered drill with automatic reverse gear which safeguards the operator against injury by reducing the likelihood of the auger snapping.

Based on product uniqueness, marketability, quality, production capability and aesthetics, entries will be judged by Phillip Bourke, International Operations at Austrade and leading Honda Engineers and Technical staff.

First prize is a trip for two to Thailand including a visit to Honda’s manufacturing facility, valued at $10,000.
Second prize is exclusive access to business and product development mentors, valued at $5,000 and third prize is a choice of Honda products up to $3,000.

The competition is open to Australian residents and entries can be submitted by individuals, groups such as university or TAFE students, or current Honda Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

Full eligibility and key criteria requirements are available at

Honda Innovation Competition Fast Facts:

  • Honda Australia engines use premium parts and are backed by a network of 450+ authorised Honda dealers.
  • Honda supplies engines to130 local Australian manufacturers for use in their premium Honda-approved products.
  • Entries open Thursday 1 March 2018 and close 31 October 2018.
  • Winners will be announced in December 2018 at the 2018 Honda Innovation awards ceremony.