Entries are open for the 2016 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.
Organisers promise entrants receive recognition, publicity, networking, an opportunity to refine their value proposition and exposure to investors. It's a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the biggest names in the business, they say, as entrants are securely reviewed by a panels of local and international judges.
Whatever type of hi-tech company yours is, there is a suitable category, including some new ones for 2016.
Entries to the 2016 Hi-Tech Awards close at 5pm on March 7. Finalists will be announced on March 30 with winners being announced at the Gala Dinner on May 20 in Auckland.
PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year: The winner of this category will be an established hi-tech company with a track record of continuous achievement
Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product: The winner of this category will be recognised as a company that has commercialised a software product.
Vocus Innovative Hi-Tech Services: The winner of this category will be a company that has commercialised a new or exciting service that is being successfully delivered and demonstrates the ability to scale.
NZTE Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Product: This category recognises products, applications or solutions (product) to the primary sector, including fishing, forestry, horticulture, and flora.
QualIT Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector: The winner of this category will be recognised as a company or partnership that has created a successful technology product, service or solution for the public sector
Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year: The winner of this category will be an established hi-tech company with a track record of continuous achievement.
Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product: The winner of this category will be recognised as a company that has successfully introduced an innovative hardware solution to the market.
Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever: The winner of this category will be an individual (under 30 years old by the date entires close, 7th March, 2016) who is making an outstanding contribution to a New Zealand high-tech company as an employee or entrepreneur and/or to the NZ hi-tech sector/industry in general.
Tait Communications Flying Kiwi 2016: The Tait Communications Flying Kiwi Award recognises individuals that have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to New Zealand's high-tech industry. Each year at least one Flying Kiwi is recognised by the NZ Hi-Tech Trust - it can identify a "living legend" or be made as a posthumous award. The winner will be announced at an intimate lunch in November.
New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year: This category recognises the achievements of a hi-tech company that has moved out of the pre-commercialisation phase and into an early growth phase.
Quick Circuit Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product: This category recognises innovative mobile technology products or applications (products) and the Kiwi companies that are excelling in this space.
IBM Innovative Company: This Award will go to the company or organisation that demonstrates success with its creative or novel approach to an existing problem or issue.
ATEED Best Technology Solution for the Creative Sector: The winner of this category will be recognised as a company that has created a successful product or service for the creative sector.
Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation: This award is for a Māori business or organisation undertaking commercial innovation through technology.
If you have any questions, get in touch via info(at)hitech.org.nz or give Bob Pinchin or Liz Fox a call on 09 984 4140.