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Entrepreneurial students are challenged to drive positive social change through innovative tech solutions.

AUCKLAND (01/09/2020) – Calling all students! As the winter is almost over, you will probably start switching your brain to all the things you’ll need for the new year. If you see yourself as a student entrepreneur or a tech innovator and want to create positive impact for your campus, and potentially the world, then Red Bull Basement 2020 can help you develop your ideas and bring them to life.

Red Bull Basement 2020 is an open call for student innovators in all areas of study to innovate, collaborate and improve student life. The programme, expanding to more countries than ever in its third year, encourages student entrepreneurs to take a look at all aspects of life on campus and in their communities and imagine creative ways to do things better.

Red Bull Basement aims to tear down one of the great barriers to innovation: passive acceptance of “it’s that way because it’s always been that way.” By taking action now and tapping into Red Bull Basement’s worldwide network of resources and connections, young technology innovators don’t need to wait until graduation to bring about positive social change locally and, quite possibly, in the world at large.

Last year’s New Zealand winner Magdeline Huang. Find out more about Magdeline’s journey here:

To help the next generation of students develop their ideas, the programme provides resources such as mentors, workshops, networking events and more, both online and on participating campuses. All activity leads up to the Red Bull Basement 2020 Global Workshop, where thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world will support students from more than 35 countries to bring their ideas to life.

To enter, currently enrolled university students aged 18 and older simply need to visit the Red Bull Basement website and upload a max. 60-second video that clearly and succinctly shares their idea with the public. Public voting will take place the week of 26 October. The top-voted ideas from each country will make it to the judges’ round. A panel of judges will select the best single idea to represent each country, based on creativity, feasibility and impact. Each country’s Finalist team will then further develop their idea with the help of the Red Bull Basement network including an international mentor programme, access to workspace and micro funding prior to the Global Workshop.

Judges applaud participants after they finish their pitch at the 2019 Red Bull basement Global Final held in Toronto, Canada.

Previous Global Workshops were held in Berlin (2018) and Toronto (2019). This year, the immersive, hands-on, three-day event will feature workshops, additional mentorship programs, and various surprise activities. It all leads up to a Final Pitch to the judges. The Global Workshop that the successful entrepreneurs will be attending in 2020 is scheduled for 10-13 December; the format will be unveiled soon.

For students in New Zealand, if you want to apply, simply visit to upload your video.


Red Bull Basement is open to all university students in New Zealand — applications will be accepted until 25 October 2020. To learn more about Red Bull Basement, enter this year’s programme, find local events and explore some of the top ideas from past years, visit:

Red Bull Basement is presented in collaboration with partners such as NTT and HONOR. As Technology Services Partner, NTT enables participants to co-innovate by providing Intelligent Workplace technology solutions, mentorship and other insights into the world of data-driven technology. As Mobile Service and PC Partner, HONOR provides mentoring expertise, HONOR MagicBook Series and HONOR X Series for content development and testing, and a comprehensive development kit that gives participants the ability to program apps across a full range of devices.