Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak will be one of the international judges on the panel of the 2013 edition of NZ Hi-Tech Awards, which are now open for entry.
Wozniak is part of a judging panel that includes director of Texas Venture Labs, Rob Adams; co-founder of Victors & Spoils, Claudia Batten; senior vice president of Cisco and co-founder of 3Com, Howard Charney, global CEO of Sysdoc, Katherine Corich and managing director of IDG Ventures San Francisco, Patrick Kenealy. The panel also counts the names of Andy Lark, chief marketing officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Richard Mander, vice president of product management and technology for Visualant, and Craig Nevill-Manning, director of engineering at Google.
Additional members of the local and international judging panels will be confirmed early in 2013.
“As a $20-billion-plus industry we are a major part of New Zealand’s mainstream economy and the continued growth of our high-tech businesses will only see its influence increase," says NZ Hi-Tech Trust chair Wayne Norrie. “The strength of the industry is a reflected in the record number of entries we received this year. And the great thing is our industry gets noticed on the global stage, having Steve Wozniak coming on board as a judge is testimony to this," he adds.
For this year's awards, all categories have been redefined with entrants now given the choice between reporting revenues based on either their financial year or the calendar year. A new category has also been added to recognise innovative excellence in the pre-commercialisation area. The award is aimed at new ventures with annual revenue of $50,000 or less.
The 11 categories for the Hi-Tech Awards are: PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2013, Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company 2013, MBIE Science + Innovation Group Hi-Tech Start-up Company Award 2013, Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award 2013, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector by a Multinational Company 2013, Telecom Most Innovative Mobile Technology Award 2013 , State Government of Victoria Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award 2013, HSBC and NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year 2013 (with sub categories for under $5 million annual revenue and over $5 million), Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company 2013, Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award 2013, and Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award 2013.
Those interested in lodging their entries can do so online at www.hitech.org.nz.
Entries close at 5pm on March 4 2013. Finalists will then be announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on March 27. The winners will be revealed at the Gala Dinner in Auckland on May 17.