Reseller News is proud to announce the winners for the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA), please CLICK HERE to view the winners.
Women in ICT Awards recognise the very best in the channel, celebrating the achievements of a talented crop of female front runners who have become influential figures in New Zealand’s ICT industry.
Throughout the industry, WIICTA aims to celebrate the innovation, excellence and entrepreneurial spirit of Kiwi women in ICT.
As part of the program, an esteemed group of executives has been selected as the judging panel, ranging from vendor, distributor and reseller ranks.
Nominations can be submitted for a colleague, by an employee, employer, business partner or for yourself and will close on May 16.
The winners of the seven award categories were announced on June 19 at a celebration lunch at the Hilton, Auckland.
Innovation - Jackie Hatchwell, PS Duo
Jackie wins this award for spearheading PS Duo, a security focused distributor. Jackie has worked with a range of partners across the country, who are struggling to find the appropriate skills to design and implement security solutions in New Zealand.
Entrepreneur - Catherine Blinkhorn, Microsoft
Catherine wins this award for outstanding work at SAP, which culminated in a move to Microsoft. Catherine leveraged global capabilities to bring one CEO and their entire team on a technology journey, which resulted in SAP winning a large multimillion-dollar contract.
Technical - Julia Gardiner, Westcon-Comstor
Julia wins this award in recognition of her deep technical expertise on critical electronic data interchange (EDI) projects across New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Julia has spearheaded a number of significant projects across Asia Pacific, including a recent regional SAP rollout.
Achievement - Jo Healey, IBM
Jo wins this award in recognition of a career spanning more than 25 years. Since starting out at Computerland, Jo has risen through the ranks to lead vendor and partner organisations across New Zealand - while maintaining the values of respect and integrity.
Rising Stars (under 10 years in ICT) - Siva Sankari Yuvaraj, IntegrationWorks & Zabeen Hussain, Datacom
Siva wins this award in recognition of her role as a future leader within IntegrationWorks, leveraging strong development skills in the process. Siva’s long-term goal is to become a top-level technical leader, such as a CTO. Meanwhile, Zabeen wins this award for a strong first year at Datacom, delivering $3M worth of revenue across the mid-market sector in New Zealand. Looking ahead, Zabeen’s team of two already has a pipeline of over $15M for the coming year.
Shining Star (more than 10 years in ICT) - Delia Gill, IT Engine
Delia wins this award in recognition of more than two decades service to the technology industry in New Zealand. Even though Delia has no technical background, she currently runs a team of eight IT engineers, as managing director of IT Engine - a business she has been involved in for more than 20 years.
Community - Lynn Xu, Vodafone & Zoe Fitz-Gerald, Spark
Zoe wins this award for assembling a team to leverage some of Spark’s greatest assets for the benefit of others. Zoe helps make a difference for children waiting to be seen by doctors, through offering free Wi-Fi, TVs, tablets and access to Lightbox. Meanwhile, Lynn wins this award for being an active driver of the Vodafone New Zealand Women in Technology (WIT) initiatives, which inspire women into joining and growing technology careers. Lynn is also actively involved in #CodelikeaGirl, helping high school girls to learn coding skills and build their own website during a four day program.