Diversity push seen in Hi-Tech Trust 2018 awards

The Hi-Tech Trust has unveiled its finalist list for its 2018 awards.

The trust says this year’s finalists are of the highest standard yet and the number of finalist firms led by women has almost doubled year on year, the result of “a really big push” for diversity.

The awards will be announced on May 25 at a gala dinner in Christchurch.

Judges include Bill Reichert, Pascal Finette, Rohit Shukla, Savannah Peterson, Catherine Mohr, Claudia Batten, Rosie Boswoth, Rebekah Campbell, Katherine Corich, Pat Kenealy, Richard Keyse, Nick Lambert and Andy Lark.

The finalists are:

PwC hi-tech company of the year: Invenco, Pushpay, Serko, Straker TranslationsVend.

Coretex hi-tech emerging company of the year: Ask Nicely, Invert Robotics, Link Engine Management, Soul Machines, TracPlus.

NZ Venture Investment Fund hi-tech start-up company of the year: Banqer, Code Avengers, SwipedOn, Wherewolf.

IBM most inspiring individual award: Peter Beck, Katrina Clokie, Lillian Grace, Sue Suckling, Nathan Torkington.

Callaghan Innovation Maori innovation award: Code Avengers, Kiwa Digital, Nikora Ngaropo Motion & Design, Origins Sofware, Straker Translations, Takiwa.

Duncan Cotterill innovative hi-tech software award: Dexibit, RedShield Security, Vensa Health, Wellington Drive Technologies.

Kiwibank hi-tech innovative services award: Beca, Healthcare Applications, Invenco, Serko.

Endace innovative hi-tech hardware product award: Calibre Contracting Equipment, Enatel, MARS Bioimaging, Ubco.

Quick Circuit best contribution to the New Zealand tech sector by an internationally headquartered company: Dimension Data, Enghouse Interactive, IBM, Thinxtra.

NZTE best hi-tech solution for the agritech sector: Gallagher Group, Hivetech, Origins Software.

Xero hi-tech young achiever: Aliesha Staples, Breccan McLeod-Lundy, Craig Piggot.

Ateed best hi-tech solution for the creative sector: Dexibit, Serato, Shuttlerock.

Visa best hi-tech solution for the public good: Banqer, Collaborate, Eroad, Healthcare Applications.

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