NZ Hi-Tech Awards finalists announced

Rod Drury of Xero, Darrin Grafton of Serko and Stuart Wilson of Modica Group vie for NZX Entrepreneur Award.

The names of the 32 finalists in the PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2007 have been released, with the winner to be revealed at a Gala award on November 3 in Wellington. The awards recognise the leading entrepreneurs and innovators from the information and communications technology sector. Previous winners include Navman, Rakon, Endace Measurement Systems and Pulse Data.

CIO New Zealand editor Divina Paredes is a finalist in the Fronde Journalist Award. She was the winner in the 2006 award as editor of MIS Magazine, which has since merged with CIO.

Wayne Norrie, chief executive of Revera and chairman of the organising committee, said the judges had to select from some stunning entries showing an indepth coverage of business, with the Enatel Innovation Award being the category most keenly contested.

More details can be found in http://www.hitech.org.nz/home.

The finalists are:

Endace Young Achiever Award

Chris Auld, Intergen

Peter Hau, Vouchermate

Craig Walker, Xero

PR Marketing Campaign Award

Concentrate

Xero

Professional Advisor Award

Concentrate

Connect NZ

Andrew Simmonds, Simmonds Stewart

Fronde Journalist Award

Anthony Doesburg, technology writer (freelance)

Divina Paredes, CIO magazine

Tom Pullar-Strecker, InfoTech, The Dominion Post

NZX Entrepreneur Award

Rod Drury, Xero

Darrin Grafton, Serko

Stuart Wilson, Modica Group

IRL Emerging Company Award

Energy Mad

SMX

Wellington Drive Technologies

Company Leader Award

Bill Gallagher, Gallagher Group

Darrin Grafton, Serko

Richard Mander, HumanWare

K One W One High Growth Award

Energy Mad

Modica Group

Enatel Innovation Award

Centre for Rapid Product Development, AUT University

Fronde Anywhere

Indigo

OpenCloud

Times-7 Holdings

Avnet Corporate Award

HumanWare

Orion Health

Rakon Deal Award

Endace

OpenCloud

Xero

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