Bayer Innovators Awards – Creative environment spurs growth

National Business Review, 18 July 2008

Their invention,1000minds software, is internet-based software for prioritization, allocation and general decision-making. It enables individuals or groups of any size to participate in the decision-making process. Applications include prioritizing patients for health services, short-listing job applicants, selecting students for scholarships and restricted courses, ranking investment and grant applications, judging competitions, environmental assessments, strategic planning and marketing research. Dr Hansen is an associate professor of economics at the University of Otago and Mr Ombler is the IT manager for the New Zealand Treasury.

Related article from Bayer Innovator Awards site: www.innovators.co.nz, 18 July 2008.

Franz and Paul

Paul Hansen and Franz Ombler, Founders & Directors, 1000minds Ltd

Paul Hansen’s and Franz Ombler’s invention, 1000minds software, is Internet-based software for prioritization, allocation and general decision-making.

Based on users’ personal preferences and expertise, 1000minds creates powerful ‘Decision Models’ for fast and transparent decision making.

Applications include: prioritizing patients for health services, short-listing job applicants, selecting students for scholarships and restricted courses (eg. medical school), ranking investment and grant applications, judging competitions, environmental assessments, strategic planning, marketing research, etc.

1000minds enables individuals or groups of 10s or 100s (even 1000s) of people to fully participate in the decision-making process.

1000minds is patented in New Zealand and Australia, and patents are pending in USA and Canada.

Paul has a PhD in Economics and is also an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Otago. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and won two teaching awards.

Franz has a BA in Political Science and is also the IT manager for the New Zealand Treasury and has worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva. He is a past winner of the Sir John Marshall Scholarship and the KJ Scott Prize.