It’s that time of year again when academia celebrates another year of study and dishes out a number of prizes to students.
This year Graphisoft New Zealand have become the Principle Sponsor of the NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards – for this year and the next 3 years.
This sponsorship represents a sizable investment for a company of Graphisoft New Zealand’s size but I am sure we have made more thanÂ a few students happy.
Two nights ago we had the major Prize Giving where 4 students from each of Auckland University, Unitec and Wellington University competed to win a $5,000 cash prize along with an overseas trip.
Last night we handed out $10,000 in prizes to 16 students from across the first four years of study at the Unitex ScALA.
Tonight we do the same at the Auckland University School of Architecture and Planning.
Of all the Sponsorship, Advertising and Marketing we undertake, this exercise will be the hardest to quantify from a success/return point of view, but I can easily see that the money is going in a deserving direction.
I was never a good enough Architecture Student to come close to winning prizes of this nature – probably whyÂ I moved more into the technology side of Architecture. However, that saidÂ I know the money will be well received – even if some or all of it is spent on alcohol – and I am pleased Graphisoft has been able to supportÂ the New Zealand Student Community in this way.