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The good and the great of internet innovation

The good and the great of internet innovation
Turns out the average pleb can do all sorts of things on the web these days, and if you've done anything particularly cool lately to enhance the online experience for fellow Kiwis (and Aussies) here's your chance to reap the rewards.

ANZIA 2011Turns out the average pleb can do all sorts of things on the web these days, and if you've done anything particularly cool lately to enhance the online experience for fellow Kiwis (and Aussies) here's your chance to reap the rewards.

InternetNZ and the .au Domain Administration (auDA) are calling for entries into the 2011 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards from businesses, organisations and individuals who have used the internet to "develop innovative and creative ways to reach customers, provide a service or improve the online experience".

Says InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar: “The Internet is a wonderful platform for innovation, delivering real value to people and businesses. The ANZIAs is a great way to celebrate the achievements of passionate individuals and organisations.”

ANZIA winners receive recognition as industry leaders, public and industry exposure, and a shot at a $2500 cash prize.

Entries are invited in six categories:

• Security and privacy

• Internet access & digital skills

• Innovation

• Information

• Diversity

• IPv6

Chris Disspain, auDA chief executive, says the awards recognise entrants who may not identify as part of the "internet industry" but still make use of the technology on offer to better serve users.

In their first two years, the ANZIAs have commended a diverse range of organisations, including CanTeen, The National Library of New Zealand, the NSW Rape Crisis Centre andDeaf Aotearoa New Zealand.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on October 17, featuring keynote speakers from the Internet Society and a former Australian High Court justice.