The New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards announced its winners last Friday night.
Rakon won the Company of the Decade award, as well as Company of the Year. Rakon manufactures frequency control solutions and has facilitis in New Zealand, Europe, India and soon China. The judges awarded Rakon for being a "gutsy and innovative" company with international appeal.
Other interesting wins came in for VoucherMob, taking away the Best Hi-Tech Start-up of the year and YikeBike in the Hi-Tech Hardware Product category. VoucherMob sends discount vouchers directly to your smartphone via a VoucherMob app for iPhone and Android, while Christchurch-based YikeBike develops light-weight folding electric mini-farthings.
This year's awards were judged by a panel of 48 local judges and 11 international judges, including Dell founder Michael Dell.
The winners for each category are:
NZTE Hi-Tech Company of the Decade
PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2011
NZX Hi-Tech Emerging Company 2011
Highly Commended: Biomatters
Ministry of Science and Innovation Best Hi-Tech Start-up 2011
NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year 2011
Under $5 million
Over $5 million
Recruit IT Hi-Tech Employer of Choice Award 2011
Vodafone Most Innovative Product from an Emerging Market 2011 - Mobile Technologies
Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award 2011
HiFX Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award 2011
Dell Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award 2011
Tait Radio Communications Special industry award
Swaytech Hi-Tech Journalist Award 2011
Maxnet Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award 2011