Companies have until 3 March to enter the 2014 Hi-Tech Awards, across 12 categories. It's the event's 20th year and will feature a gala dinner in Christchurch.
The organisers are also offering a new online entry system, developed with Kiwi digital marketing company Ubiquity, which also offers resources to help with entries.
The biggest change, after a review of all category criteria, is to the Best Contribution to the New Zealand Hi-Tech Sector by an Internationally Headquartered Company, the organisers say. That award has been opened to include criteria more suited to multinationals and companies that went global from New Zealand.
Companies will be measured on their performance during the calendar year to 31 December.
The categories are:
Hi-Tech Company of the Year
Hi-Tech Emerging Company
Hi-Tech Startup Company
Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product
Best Contribution to the New Zealand Hi-Tech Sector by an Internationally Headquartered Company
Most Innovative Mobile Technology
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product
Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year (under $5 million)
Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year (over $5 million)
Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product
Hi-Tech Young Achiever
Finalists will be announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 26 March next year, with winners announced at the Christchurch dinner on 16 May.