The Amazing Annoyatron wins NSW iAward

Tonight EduKits attended the iAwards NSW finals held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, where our hard work was rewarded with the winning of an iAward for The Amazing Annoyatron.

For those who haven’t heard of the iAwards they are run by the Australian Information Industry Association, and are the nation’s longest-running innovation recognition program.

Currently in their 25th year, the awards showcase excellence happening in the Australian digital ecosystem. When you look at past winners there’s some pretty big names to have been recognised in their relevant categories and include Google Maps, Atlassian, Wotif and WiseTech Global.

Judges for the competition are all highly respected industry representatives who volunteer their time to help discover, recognise and reward innovations that have the potential to, or are already having, a positive impact on the community.

“Each year the awards shine a light on the exceptional achievements of those at the forefront of Australian innovation, and the projects shaping our modern economy. We’re proud to provide recognition and encouragement to people prepared to bring an idea to life, enabled by technology. Whether they’re in start-ups, the public sector, community services, academia, or private enterprise, small and large, the work of the finalists is an inspiration to us all.”

– Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO – Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).


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It’s YICTE time – pull out your Annoyatron!

Each year in Australia there is a program run called Young ICT Explorers or YICTE as it is commonly known. The YICTE program encourages kids to work in teams to use technology to solve real world problems. At the heart of most YICTE projects will be a programmable computer board. For those that have an Amazing Annoyatron you’ll be well on your way to having some pretty handy skills for getting a project up and running.

What’s great about the Amazing Annoyatron is that using it’s brain box isn’t just limited to the projects included with the kit. Kids are able to grab parts from their Annoyatron and use them to make various projects. An example of this was a year 6 team from Kooringal Public School in Wagga Wagga who last year built a fire detecting robot that integrated heat sensors to locate fires in factories.

Last year EduKits went to support the Wagga team and check out the YICTE action at the NSW state final for years 5 and 6 held in Sydney. It was awesome to see the diversity across the entrants. There were kids from public schools, private schools and from the city and the country. The winning entry for the final went to kids from the regional town of Kempsey who had come up with a system for monitoring the accessibility of fire trails using drone technology.

As an event the finals are an awesome experience for kids. They present their entries to the public and the judges in a science fair type scenario with each team having their own booth space to decorate and demonstrate how their solution works.

With the 2018 YICTE competition now open, it’s a great opportunity for kids to form a team at school and to start thinking about what problems exist in the world around them. A key date to be aware of is that registrations for the competition close on 10 June 2018. More information on the YICTE program can be found on their website.

YICTE Annoyatron Board RobotThe Fire Safety Alert Robocar. 2017 YICTE entry by Toby and Jayden from Kooringal Public School


Amazing Annoyatron – Designer Notes

It seems these days that everyone is getting on board with STEM and wanting to come out with a coding product. There’s been announcements about products from toy cars through to dolls all able to be coded to perform a specific function on command.

Early on when creating the Amazing Annoyatron kit a decision had to be made whether to embed or hide its computer board in some casing, toy or other gizmo. Doing this we felt would diminish one of the core values of the product which is to give kids an authentic experience using real electronics products and using real code.

EduKits mission is to empower kids not to limit them by giving them something like the Annoyatron’s brain embedded in a stuffed animal or soccer ball. We want kids to see the programmable board board, to use it and in the process tear away some of the fears that might exist in using something that looks technical and difficult.

With kids able to use the core technologies they can then decide for themselves how they want to use it, and whether they want to combine it into their Lego, robot, a piece of sporting equipment or any other shell they can imagine.


The Amazing Annoyatron – its hotting up in Queensland!

With headquarters for the Amazing Annoyatron being in Wagga Wagga NSW we don’t often get access to newspapers from Queensland. We were ecstatic to find out from one of our fans that our product had got a bit of a feature in last Saturday’s The Courier Mail.

For those like ourselves that aren’t Queensland natives, the Courier Mail is Brisbane and greater Queensland’s main newspaper and has a Saturday readership of over 550,000 people.

Listed by the paper as one of the Hottest Toys for 2018 that was an awesome promotion for the product. We were humbled to be listed alongside well established names like Lego, L.O.L. and Hot Wheels.


Hot Wheels, Barbie Dolls, Lego, and….The Amazing Annoyatron

Most of the press EduKits gets with The Amazing Annoyatron is the result of its inventor being a 14 year old kid who goes to a public high school in a farming town in regional NSW.

Something a little bit different, and just a little awesome happened in Melbourne this week. In yesterday’s Sun Herald which is one of the most widely read newspapers in Victoria, The Amazing Annoyatron was listed as being one of the Top 10 toys on kids wish lists this year.

In a way what was so awesome about this feature was that there was no mention of the product’s creator, rather like a baby standing up for the first time, there was the Annoyatron standing up surrounded by some of the most respected names in the toy industry.

While the Annoyatron’s back story definitely helps to differentiate the product from the many toy and learning product choices parents have when buying Christmas, Birthday or reward presents for their kids we are proud to have a product that can be presented with what are considered to be the best available in 2018.