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NZ Hi-Tech Awards: Calling all tech heads

There are two more weeks for people to enter this year's NZ Hi-Tech Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a gala dinner on May 15th.

This year introduces new categories including Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Product, Best Innovation Initiative, Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector and Best Technology Solution for the Creative Sector.

In the past winners have included Datacom, Navman, Xero, Rakon, Bill Buckley, Rod Dury and Ian Taylor.

The 2015 awards will feature local and international judges, including Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak and Gary Hamel.

Steve Wozniak has worked in the Silicon Valley for the past three decades and is best known in the computing industry for his design of Apple’s first line of products.

Gary Hamel was ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him ‘the world’s leading expert on business strategy’.

The NZ Hi-Tech Awards, originally known as the VSI Electronics Excellence Awards, was launched in 1994 and award New Zealand’s most successful hi-tech companies and individuals in the areas of ICT, electronics, software, biotechnology, telecommunications and digital media.

New Zealand’s hi-tech industry is a key driver of economic growth. It's the third largest export earner in the country and generates more than $7 billion in annual revenue.

All profits generated by the awards are invested in the NZ Hi-Tech Trust which was established in 2009 to ‘advance growth and success’.

For those who want to enter but are unsure which category they fit into, or need help with their entry, the NZ Hi-Tech Awards team says email or call 09 984 4140.

Submissions close 5:00pm on the March 2 and the deadline won’t be extended, the team says.