14-year-old pitches NSW’s winning idea

A fourteen year old Wagga Wagga resident has been awarded first place in the state finals of the Regional Pitchfest awards.

The winning pitch from Michael Nixon was about his educational and innovative business idea idea, The Amazing Annoyatron, which is a fun and affordable educational kit designed to introduce kids and teens to electronics and coding.

Michael was awarded the $5,000 first prize and the opportunity to represent New South Wales in August at the national gala event in his hometown of Wagga Wagga.

The day after the state awards were held the Western Magazine spoke to Michael and he said it was “very exciting” to be named as the state winner for NSW. Michael also received the Community Choice Award, which was voted for by the audience on the night and will take home an additional $1500.

“I really wanted to win that award because it shows that the community really supports me,” he said.

Michael first became interested in coding and technology at the age of 10 which ultimately led him to create alarms, web designs and 3D printing designs. He said the The Amazing Annoyatron, is something the whole family can enjoy together.

The most rewarding thing about being a part of Regional Pitchfest for Michael was the opportunity to meet an network with a range of people.

The Australia Post Regional Pitchfest national final gala event will be held on Friday, August 18, where the winner will be awarded $7,500 plus a Silicon Valley trip to the U.S. and an Australia Post eCommerce Business Growth Pack.

The runner up will receive $5,000 and the Community Choice Award winner $3,000.

For national gala event and ticketing information visit www.regionalpitchfest.com.

Michael pitched against four other NSW finalists and Regional Pitchfest founder Dianna Somerville said the standards were really high.