The NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 finalists were announced at three simultaenous events conducted at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, yesterday evening.
Finalists were named across all twelve categories of the Awards, and included both MNCs as well as home-grown firms.
“This year’s finalists range from companies in their infancy through to some of our biggest, most high profile hi-tech companies. New Zealand hi-tech companies have a unique flavour that extends well beyond the realms of traditional ICT. It is great to see such a range of entries across the board and so many companies entering who are just embarking on their big journey,” said Wayne Norrie, Chair of the Hi-Tech Trust.
The finalists have been selected from entries that were 38 per cent more than the previous year.
According to the Hi-Tech Trust, the judging panel includes more than 40 judges, comprising some of New Zealand's technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as a selection of international names. This includes the likes of Craig Nevill-Manning, director of engineering for Google in New York, Howard Charney, senior VP for Cisco and Pat Kenealy, MD for IDG Ventures.
This year’s Awards mark its 20th and will see it return to Christchurch for the gala dinner event. Winners in each category will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner to be held at Wigram Aircraft Museum, Christchurch on 16th May 2014.
NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 finalists
The full list of finalists for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 are as below:
PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2014
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year 2014
New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) Hi-Tech Start-Up Company of the Year 2014
Smart Water Technology
Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company of the Year 2014 Clever Medkits
Hunter Safety Labs
Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product 2014
Grow Wellington Hi-Tech Service Product 2014
Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product 2014
Delta Strike International
Smart Water Technology
UK Trade & Investment Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product 2014
Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever 2014
Scott Barrington (Modlar)
Reuben Bijl (Smudge Apps)
Hannah Gray (Xero)
Guy Horrocks (Carnival Mobile)
Ben O’Brien (StretchSense)
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector by an internationally headquartered Company 2014
NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year over $5M 2014
IBM Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year under $5m 2014