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Record entries lift the Hi-Tech Awards bar

Record entries lift the Hi-Tech Awards bar
Multiple companies from Cambridge, Palmerston North and Dunedin joined well over 30 finalists from the three main centres in this year's Hi-Tech Awards in what trust chairman Wayne Norrie is calling a true spread of New Zealand's high-technology industries.

NZ Hi-Tech awardsMultiple companies from Cambridge, Palmerston North and Dunedin joined well over 30 finalists from the three main centres in this year's Hi-Tech Awards in what trust chairman Wayne Norrie is calling a true spread of New Zealand's high-technology industries.

The 2012 awards pulled in a record number of entries from a high-tech lettuce thinner from Oraka Developments in Cambridge to, at the other end of the spectrum, the likes of Gen-i.

"New Zealand has a unique flavour of high-tech that extends well beyond the realms of traditional ICT and it is great to see such a range of entries in the mobile, agritech and startup categories," Norrie ssaid.

Amongst those making their mark are Auckland-based Outpost Central, a finalist last year, and online foreign exchange specialist KlickEx, both of which are finalists in three categories.

A new multinational category also recognises the contribution companies headquartered outside of New Zealand make to our high-tech industry. 

And with technologies ranging from those used in the marine industry, car-parking and remote robots to gaming, horticulture, broadcasting and a whole lot more, the judges – including original Facebook investor Peter Thiel and the director of engineering for Google in New York, Craig Nevill-Manning – will have their work cut out for them.

Winners in each category will be announced on May 11.

The finalists are:

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award

  • Compac Sorting Equipment
  • Enatel
  • Fronde
  • Gen-i

Microsoft Hi-Tech Emerging Company Award

  • 3i Innovation
  • Biomatters
  • GreenButton

Ministry of Science & Innovation Start-up Award

  • ArcActive
  • BIMstop
  • CropLogic
  • Invert Robotics
  • Im-Able
  • KlickEx

HSBC Most Innovative Product from an Emerging Market Award - Agritech

  • Grasslanz Technology
  • Oraka Developments
  • Outpost Central

Vodafone Most Innovative Mobile Technology Award

  • Booktrack
  • Igtimi
  • Jade Software
  • VMob

Voco Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award

  • Car Parking Technologies
  • Gen-i
  • Infotools
  • KlickEx
  • Outpost Central

State Government of Victoria, Australia Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award

  • Enatel
  • Outpost Central
  • Vesper Marine

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award

  • Booktrack
  • GreenButton
  • KIDS
  • KlickEx
  • Vend
  • WhereScape Software

NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year Award

Over $5 million

  • Compac Sorting Equipment
  • Gentrack

Under $5 million

  • Sonar6
  • Unlimited Realities
  • Xero

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution by a Multinational Company Award

  • IBM
  • Gameloft
  • Microsoft
  • Navico APAC

Maxnet Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year Award

  • James Bell-Booth
  • Robert Bell
  • Ahmad Jubbawey
  • Alistair Scarfe