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The App4IR Challenge is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

App4IR Challenge

Create a winning mobile app idea for Inland Revenue's small business customers and win the chance to collaborate on the app’s development funded by Inland Revenue, and get $10,000 for your design.*

App4IR Challenge


Inland Revenue is looking to build better solutions for its small business customers.

Inland Revenue, in collaboration with Creative HQ, is calling on New Zealand's entrepreneurs, designers, software developers, creative businesses and others for mobile app ideas.

The App4IR Challenge invites you to come up with a mobile app that will simplify transactions and services between Inland Revenue and its small business customers.

The App4IR Challenge is open to all individuals, teams, businesses and organisations in New Zealand.

The Challenge winner receives $10,000 for Inland Revenue's right to use their concept and the chance to collaborate with Inland Revenue on the app's build.*

*Challenge terms and conditions apply

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More than 420,000 small businesses deal regularly with Inland Revenue on company tax, GST, PAYE, and other matters.

The App4IR Challenge seeks app-based ideas that could:

  • make interactions with Inland Revenue easier
  • make information sharing work better for them;
  • use public data to improve IR services for them; or
  • solve any difficulty for small businesses in dealing with Inland Revenue.

Your Challenge is to identify an innovative solution that helps small businesses interact with Inland Revenue.

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You'll need to register to take part in the Challenge. You'll receive a Competition Pack and an entry form for submitting your App4IR proposal.

We'll assess App4IR submissions on their innovation, usability, visual appeal and benefit to small businesses.

We'll choose the best app ideas for presentation to a panel of judges.

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On 28 April 2014 in Wellington, Challenge finalists will pitch their App4IR ideas to the judging panel.

The judges will ask questions and provide live feedback afterwards.

The judges will choose the App4IR Challenge winner from amongst the finalists.

  • Naomi Ferguson
  • Naomi Ferguson
  • Commissioner, Inland Revenue
  • Grant Ryan
  • Grant Ryan
  • Founder, YikeBike
  • Mike O'Donnell
  • Mike "MOD" O'Donnell
  • Chief Operating Officer, TradeMe
  • Helen Baxter
  • Helen Baxter
  • Managing Directrix, Mohawk Media
  • Sam the customer services guy
  • Sam the Customer Services guy
  • Inland Revenue
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The Challenge winner will receive $10,000 from Inland Revenue for the right to use their App4IR concept and design and the chance to collaborate with Inland Revenue on the app's development which will be funded by IR.*

The Challenge winner will retain ownership of their winning App4IR concept, and will have the right to commercialise their app outside New Zealand.

Entries open Thursday 6 March and close 5.00 pm Monday 14 April 2014.

*Challenge terms and conditions apply

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  • March 6
  • Entries Open
  • April 14
  • Entries Close
  • April 22
  • Finalists Chosen
  • April 28
  • Finalists Present & Winner announced
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The App4IR Challenge is open to individuals, teams and organisations. To win, you must register, make a submission, and if you're a finalist take part in the judging presentation.

You'll also be required to agree to the App4IR Challenge terms and conditions.

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