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Hi-Tech Awards finalists announced

Hi-Tech Awards finalists announced

Over 40 finalists competing for local technology accolades.

The finalists for this year’s Hi-Tech Awards were announced yesterday at events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Now in their 18th year, the awards are run by the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust, a not for profit organisation aimed at promoting and supporting the technology industry.

The awards are billed as a showcase for local technology but this year a new multinational category sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has allowed overseas-based companies to enter for the first time.

An eight-strong international judging panel for this year's awards includes Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Google director of engineering Craig Nevill-Manning, and senior vice president for Cisco, Howard Charney.

Winners will be announced at a function to be held at SkyCity in Auckland on May 11.

The finalists are:

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award

Compac Sorting Equipment

Enatel

Fronde

Gen-i

Microsoft Hi-Tech Emerging Company Award

3i Innovation

Biomatters

GreenButton

Ministry of Science & Innovation Start-up Award

ArcActive

BIMstop

CropLogic

Invert Robotics

Im-Able

KlickEx

HSBC Most Innovative Product from an Emerging Market Award - Agritech

Grasslanz Technology

Oraka Developments

Outpost Central

Vodafone Most Innovative Mobile Technology Award

Booktrack

Igtimi

Jade Software

VMob

Voco Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award

Car Parking Technologies

Gen-i

Infotools

KlickEx

Outpost Central

State Government of Victoria, Australia Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award

Enatel

Outpost Central

Vesper Marine

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award

Booktrack

GreenButton

KIDS

KlickEx

Vend

WhereScape Software

NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year Award

Over $5 million

Compac Sorting Equipment

Gentrack

Under $5million

Sonar6

Unlimited Realities

Xero

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution by a Multinational Company Award

IBM

Gameloft

Microsoft

Navico APAC

Maxnet Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year Award

James Bell-Booth

Robert Bell

Ahmad Jubbawey

Alistair Scarfe

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