Emily Blythe

New Zealand Innovator of the Year



New Zealand Innovator of the Year

Te Pou Whakairo o te Tau

These are the game changers in their field. Those who have used their insight and their passion to make an impact. They are the ones who, in the spirit of Kiwi inventiveness and resourcefulness, have created a better New Zealand.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have conceptualised and developed an innovation involving a product, service, technology, idea/theory or process across any industry sector including (but not limited to) health, science, technology, robotics, business, education, environmental, sustainability, agriculture, disadvantaged communities, and non-profits.

Nominators should consider talking about the following areas in their nomination:

  • INNOVATION: Describe the innovation of your nominee and the thoughtful, creative, and innovative approach it takes to resolve a challenge.
  • NEED: What problem does the innovation solve? And how is it unique to the market?
  • COMMITMENT: Describe the commitment of time, risks, and challenges overcome to develop the innovation to this point (this may still be ongoing).
  • PROVEN IMPACT: How has the innovation clearly demonstrated a positive impact on the targeted community (particularly over the last 12-months)? How has this been measured?
  • POTENTIAL: Describe the opportunity the innovation has to generate economic, social, and/or environmental benefits for a local industry sector, the nation, and or globally.
  • LONG-TERM IMPACT: How is the nominee planning to enhance, grow, and/or adapt the innovation in the future to best meet the changing needs of the targeted population? How would winning this award impact this person and the work that they are doing?

Conditions of Entry

Emily Blythe

A good idea to solve a multi-billion problem: Pyper Vision is an aerospace start-up that uses an intelligent dispersal system to bring fog to the ground, clearing the skies for take off. Founded by entrepreneur, educator and student pilot Emily Blythe, Pyper Vision takes a 10-minute operation to create over 5km of visibility for beyond 2 hours. It′s game-changing technology, and in 2022 the team received Government backing to keep the project moving forwards. Next steps include more testing at airports throughout New Zealand, with the hopes of later marketing the technology internationally. As the founder and CEO of the company, Blythe is making waves across the aerospace sector from her home in Ōtautahi Christchurch − praised by Megan Wood, Minister for Research, Science and Innovation, for her “classic innovation and entrepreneurship.”



Cecilia Robinson


Emily Blythe


Mark Sagar PhD FRSNZ


Ranjna Patel ONZM QSM JP


Bill Buckley − Buckley Systems Ltd


Ian Taylor − Animation Research Ltd


Team New Zealand Design Team


Professor Ed Gane


HYVAN Anaesthesia Ltd


Peter Beck



New Zealand Innovator of the Year

Jolie Hodson

Spark New Zealand CEO

“This Award celebrates the New Zealanders who disrupt the status quo, whose inventions and ambitions are building towards a better tomorrow. As Aotearoa’s largest digital services and telecommunications company innovation is at the heart of everything we do, so we’re proud to be supporting the kaupapa behind the 2023 Spark New Zealand Innovator of the Year Award.”