Story image

Callaghan Innovation congratulates Hi-tech award winners

Callaghan Innovation congratulated the winners of the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards and urges the wider business community to check out the opportunities for tech and innovation support as they grow.

Techweek’s penultimate event, the Hi-Tech Awards, were announced at a gala dinner in Christchurch last night, attended by kiwis representing our fastest growing industry. 

Winners on the night include Invenco, the Hi-Tech Company of the Year, Aliesha Staples, Healthcare Applications, Lillian Grace, Dexibit, Enatel, Beca, IBM, Gallagher Group, Banqer, Ask Nicely, and Straker Translations, which won Callaghan Innovation’s Maori Innovation Award.

Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone says, “Technology has huge potential to solve many problems we face in business, in society and in our economy. 

“These businesses are creating outstanding tech solutions driven by their passion to do good. It’s what makes New Zealand’s tech sector unique, and in turn, their global excellence is attracting worldwide attention.”

“What stood out most for me was the level of diversity, which is phenomenal by global tech standards. 

“The representation is finally looking fairer in terms of gender, culture, age, early and established firms, industry application, and regions right across New Zealand. This was topped off by the sector’s timely and heartfelt embrace of our Maori heritage.”

“Maori tech success is on the rise and there are signs that the Maori economy could play a key role as this nation's largest investors.”

Crone also sent a clear and urgent message to the wider business community that there is much to gain with technology, but everything to lose by standing still.

She continues, “It’s a tough journey, but there is a wealth of support available both for technology-driven firms and those that simply want to use technology to solve day to day problems.

“Learning and collaborating with others in the innovation ecosystem is one of the best, but often missed, sources of support in solving difficult problems. 

“Specifically tailored support for the right stage of growth can mean the difference between going global or giving up.”

Working alongside Callaghan Innovation is a host of Government organisations offering support for innovators, including MBIE, NZVIF, NZTE and the Crown Research Institutes, as well as industry bodies and private sector supporters, such as incubators and accelerators.

Chch crypto exchange Cryptopia facing liquidation
It seems that Christchurch-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has been unable to recover after malicious cyber attackers stole around $20 million worth of cryptocurrency.
Adobe & Amazon: Making merchants' stores a lot more powerful
Magento Commerce branded stores for Amazon sellers features native integration with Amazon merchant tools including Amazon Pay and Fulfillment by Amazon. These provide the convenience of secure payments and speedy shipping services for buyers.
Four NZ projects shortlisted in IDC's APAC Smart Cities Awards
The annual awards highlight and acknowledge outstanding smart city initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and this year attracted over 180 entries.
How Chorus aims to reshape service company maintenance contracts
“These contracts are the first step in moving Chorus beyond the major UFB network build."
Mind Lab at MOTAT hosting event to promote young women in tech
Gender diversity in the tech industry is a hot topic around the world, but it’s one that New Zealand is looking to tackle head on.
SOLD: Infratil & partner snap up Vodafone NZ
Brookfield Asset Management and Infratil will hand over NZ$3.4 billion to acquire Vodafone New Zealand.
Noise pollution is the new second-hand smoke
ow loud is our phone call? Can you hear your co-worker’s music through their headphones? Do you need to have that meeting in a public area of the office?
Infratil throws its hat into the buyer's market for Vodafone NZ
Vodafone has been through a turbulent time lately, after the threat of staff redundancies, constant fines from the Commerce Commission, and the addition of Vodafone CEO Jason Paris late last year.