2018 Hi-Tech Awards winners announced

Published on the 28/05/2018 | Written by Newsdesk

2018 NZ Tech awards

The full list of winners from the year’s most prestigious technology awards…

Invenco was the big winner at the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards gala dinner in Christchurch on Saturday night, claiming the top prize category: PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year.

“Invenco prevailed with its unique combination of extraordinary growth, scale and profitability,” said the judges on the night. “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 tonight was Dexibit, garnering two awards – The Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution Award and The ATEED 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 all 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.

“The calibre of this year’s entrants was at an all-time high, making the job of selecting winners exceedingly challenging.”

Commenting on the evening, New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust chair Jennifer Rutherford said it was great to see such diversity in the line up of winners.

“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,” said Rutherford

Attended by 800 guests, the event also marked the unveiling of the 2018 Flying Kiwi, Claudia Batten. Rutherford said it was fantastic to be able to recognise the achievements of Claudia on such a momentous night that is the biggest Hi-Tech Awards Gala dinner held in Christchurch.

“Claudia has achieved so much in her own career and is truly an inspiring and passionate individual. 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,” said Rutherford.

The 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners are:

2018 Flying Kiwi and inductee into the Tait Communications Hi-Tech Hall of Fame

Claudia Batten

Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever

Winner: Aliesha Staples

Visa Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good

Winner: Emergency Q by Healthcare Applications

IBM Most Inspiring Individual

Winner: Lillian Grace

ATEED Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector

Winner: Dexibit

Callaghan Innovation Best Hi-Tech Maori Innovation

Winner: Straker Translations

Highly Commended: Code Avengers

Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution

Winner: Dexibit

Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product

Winner: Enatel

Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services

Winner: Beca

NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector

Winner: Gallagher Group

Quick Circuit Best contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech sector by an internationally headquartered company

Winner: IBM

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year

Winner: Banqer

Highly Commended: Code Avengers

Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

Winner: Ask Nicely

PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year

Winner: Invenco

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