This year’s finalists span the full spectrum of the hi-tech sector and it’s great to see so many areas of the country represented, says Wayne Norrie, chair of the Hi-Tech Trust.
“This year’s finalists span the full spectrum of the hi-tech sector and it’s great to see so many areas of the country represented,” says Norrie, in a statement.
“It’s also exciting to see the strong interest in the new Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation category. The fact that this new category received a record number of entries is very pleasing. It clearly demonstrates that our entire industry is in great shape for the future."
Winners in each category will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner to be held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland on 20th May 2016.
It’s exciting to see the strong interest in the new Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation category.
The 2016 Hi-Tech Awards finalists are:
PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year
Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year
The Mind Lab by Unitec
New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) Hi-Tech Start-Up Company of the Year
IBM Most Innovative Company
Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation Award
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Precision Seafood Harvesting
Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product
Vocus Hi-Tech Innovative Services Award
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Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product
Quick Circuit Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product
NZTE Innovative Agritech Product
Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever
Danushka Abeysuriya – CEO, Rush Digital
Scott Barrington – CEO, Modlar
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Jim Dowling – Director, Digital Stock
Breccan McLeod- Lundy – CEO, Rabid Technologies
ATEED Best technology for the Creative Sector
Shotover Camera Systems
Qual IT Best technology for the Public Sector
Norrie says the local judges are joined by a world class line up of international judges that include James Caan of Dragons’ Den fame; Pascal Finette, Head of Entrepreneurship at Singularity University; Linda Jenkinson, Chair of LesConcierges; Rohit Shukla, CEO of the Larta Institute; Savannah Peterson, Director of Innovation at Speck Design, and 2014 Flying Kiwi Dr Catherine Mohr. They join the existing international judges Claudia Batten, Michael Boustridge, Katherine Corich, Pat Kenealy, Richard Keyse and Nick Lambert.
“We are truly thankful to all our judges both here and around the world who give of their own time to assist us with judging. The Hi-Tech Awards continue to be the New Zealand technology industries most important celebration of success and a wonderful showcase for our innovation and talent,” he states.
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