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In pictures: Oscars of the NZ ICT industry

At a glitzy evening that brought together the who's-who of the ICT industry in New Zealand, winners of the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 were announced. Orion Health, Vend and Vmob were prominent winners of the year, winning two awards each, with Vmob also being singled out for a special commendation in a third category. The more than 50 local and international judges who assessed entrants across the 12 categories included a generous number of commendations, besides choosing winners, in multiple categories.

  • The NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 brought together more than 600 people in Christchurch forming the who's-who of the NZ ICT industry.

  • Wayne Norrie, chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust, the governing body of the Awards, thanked sponsors and judges, and highlighted the high calibre of nominations this year.

  • Orion Health won the Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award for 2014, and also took home the Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year Award for companies over $5 million.

  • VMob won Innovative Mobile Technology of the Year and Innovative Service Product Award, besides a commendation for Innovative Software Product.

  • Accepting the Award for Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year at under $5 million, Vaughan Rowsell, CEO of the firm stated that he hoped this would be the last time they won in that category.

  • Vend also took home Emerging Company of the Year award.

  • Microsoft won Best Contribution to the New Zealand Hi-Tech Sector by an Internationally Headquartered Company award.

  • Startup Company of the Year award was snatched up by Smart Water Technology.

  • Animation Research was given a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the judges.

  • Vigil Monitoring won Pre-commercialisation Company of the Year.

  • Innovative Software Product award was won by the team at Mindscape.

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