2011 was another big year for technology and on November 23 in Auckland we celebrated some of those successes with the annual Computerworld awards. This year the event was especially significant as it marked Computerworld's 25 year birthday. In the following videos, editor Sarah Putt interviews the winners following the presentation.
ICT Project of the Year
The judges were looking for ICT projects that made a difference. Did the project achieve its goal? Did it stand out from the crowd? What were the challenges and how were they overcome?
The joint winners were: the Ministry of Social Development for its Earthquake Employment Support project; and Z Energy for its Enhance project.
ICT Manager of the Year
The ICT Manager of the Year award, sponsored by Cube People Recruitment, has, as usual, been vigorously contested.
This year’s winner was: Mark Bennett, The Salvation Army.
Mark Bennett has worked in the IT industry since 1994 in New Zealand and the UK. In July 2005 he joined The Salvation Army as ISG Manager. The role specifically required technical and strategic leadership for all ICT matters within The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. With 12 permanent employees and two contractors who are direct reports, one of the key ICT projects that Bennett has led is Connected, an in-house application designed to enable the Salvation Army to interact with people and groups, communicate en-masse, and monitor attendance.
Software Developer of the Year
This new award recognises the creative and practical skills of software developers, on which all ICT innovation rests. The judges were looking for someone who has: created software with tangible benefits, overcome challenges and measured success.
The winner is: Tim Taylor, Senior Java Web Developer, Vero.
Tim Taylor’s first computer was a ZX Spectrum, given to him at age 6. The manual described BASIC commands, and so he taught himself programming with it. That was the foundation for 26 years of continuous learning. Taylor continued his studies all the way through to a double degree in both computer science and information systems at Victoria University.
He is currently a senior Java web developer for VTech, the technology division of the insurance company Vero, where he was a core team member on a development of Vero’s core insurance sales tool.