Invenco was the big winner at the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards gala dinner in Christchurch, claiming the Hi-Tech Company of the Year category.
The dinner was held to celebrate the successes of New Zealand hi-tech companies across 13 categories, and also recognised the 2018 Flying Kiwi, Claudia Batten.
In selecting Invenco as the Hi-Tech Company of the Year the international judges said, “Invenco prevailed with its unique combination of extraordinary growth, scale and profitability.
“Invenco’s Outdoor Payment Terminal systems combine hardware, software, and data communications, showing Kiwi expertise in all these fields.
“Invenco’s revenues come from all over the world, as do its team members, but its Kiwi values of collegiality and tenacity shine through in ways that make Invenco a great global representative of New Zealand high tech.”
Another big winner was Dexibit, garnering two awards – Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution and Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector Award.
The judges remarked, “Dexibit is a business with a deep sense of purpose and passion for museums, culture and art. It is creating advanced analytics tools that provide great value and new possibilities for its clients al over the world.
"The judges were impressed with the bravery, growth and global reputation for leading innovation Dexibit is building in its sector.”
The Hi-Tech Awards judges said the calibre of this year’s entrants was at an all-time high, making the job of selecting winners “exceedingly challenging” for the more than 70 local and international judges who assessed entrants across the 13 award categories.
“We’ve made a big push this year to encourage and celebrate diversity and whilst we are still on the journey it’s really pleasing to see we are making progress and that was clearly reflected up on the stage this evening,” New Zealand Hi-Tech trust chair, Jennifer Rutherford, said.
The ceremony also marked the unveiling of the 2018 Flying Kiwi, Claudia Batten.
“Claudia has achieved so much in her own career and is truly an inspiring and passionate individual,” Rutherford added. “She is someone who is doing so much to help Kiwi tech companies succeed on the global stage.
“Her own success is inspiring so many of our up and coming companies. She is truly a worthy recipient of the prestigious Flying Kiwi award.”
The 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners -
2018 Flying Kiwi and inductee into the Hi-Tech Hall of Fame - Claudia Batten
Hi-Tech Young Achiever - Aliesha Staples
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good - Emergency Q by Healthcare Applications
Most Inspiring Individual - Lillian Grace
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector - Dexibit
Best Hi-Tech Maori Innovation - Straker Translations
Highly Commended: Code Avengers
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution - Dexibit
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product - Enatel
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services - Beca
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector - Gallagher Group
Best contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech sector by an internationally headquartered company - IBM
Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year - Banqer
Highly Commended: Code Avengers
Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year - Ask Nicely
NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year - Invenco