Entries are now open for the 2013 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, which have roped in Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google's Craig Nevill-Manning and entrepreneur Claudia Batten as judges.
Also on the the star international judging panel are Rob Adams (director of Texas Venture Labs), Howard Charney (senior VP at Cisco and co-founder of 3Com), Katherine Corich (global CEO, Sysdoc), Patrick Kenealy (managing director, IDG Ventures San Francisco), Andy Lark (chief marketing officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and Richard Mander (VP product management and technology, Visualant). Additional members of the local and international judging panels will be confirmed early in 2013.
The 2013 NZ Hi-Tech Awards Awards have a new category that will recognise innovative excellence in the pre-commercialisation area. The award is aimed at new ventures with revenue of $50,000 or less.
Plus, all the categories have been revamped, with entrants now given the choice between reporting revenues based on either their financial year or calendar year.
- PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2013
- Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company 2013
- MBIE Science + Innovation Group Hi-Tech Start-up Company Award 2013
- Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award 2013
- New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector by a Multinational Company 2013
- Telecom Most Innovative Mobile Technology Award 2013
- State Government of Victoria Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award 2013
- HSBC and NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year 2013 (with sub categories for under $5m revenue and over $5m)
- Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company 2013
- Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award 2013
- Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award 2013
The finalists will be revealed on March 27 and wnners will be announced on May 17.