SFTI National Science Challenge

The SFTI Challenge is one of 11 National Science Challenges, tackling New Zealand’s big hi-tech challenges to grow the New Zealand economy

The challenge

When the seventh National Science Challenge was launched by MBIE in 2015, it decided it wanted a sleek website to match its prestigious field of development, Science for Technological Innovation (SFTI).

The SFTI challenge was seeking someone who could build them a crisp and creative website to differentiate them from other science challenges. It needed to be someone who could provide everything from the backend bones to bespoke design features, all without a fuss. So, they came to Signify.

What we did

Signify actively employed its in-depth expertise and diverse talent to build a distinct website from inception to delivery. From design, back-end development, front-end theming, testing, deployment and project management, Signify handled the build entirely in house to ensure a smooth, high-standard outcome at a reasonable price.

Signify designers successfully represented the scientific theme. They also injected a touch of sophisticated originality to raise the site’s profile, while respecting the National Science Challenge overall branding. The site is designed to clearly direct users to the different types of innovative research supported by the SFTI challenge from agriculture and the environment to robotics and IT data analytics.

"Signify bent over backwards to make things happen in a fairly fluid environment, and the site they built has subsequently received great feedback from a variety of different people who enjoyed its sleek style and appeal," Mike Eng – SFTI National Science Challenge.

The SFTI challenge website’s responsive design looks great on desktop, tablet and mobile. Take a look.


Technology used

This site is one of our earliest successes with the newest Drupal 8 open-source content management framework.


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