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NZTech Inform – honouring Kiwi tech success
On Friday evening, Seequent was the big winner at the 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category. The winners were announced at a Gala Dinner in Wellington, with over 1000 guests, including the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Wellington.
“Seequent is an outstanding Kiwi success story. The team has developed and deployed Kiwi technology to developers in over 100 countries around the world in a broad range of sectors, delivering advanced geoscience analysis and modelling to enable deeper understanding of the earth, and to promote economically and environmentally sound solutions. The company’s reputation, growth, advanced technology and continued global performance sets it apart among the many excellent companies vying for this award,” the judges said.
The other big winner was Alimetry, who make advanced clinical solutions for investigating gastric disorders. They took home a record three awards – the Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Most Innovative Hi-Tech Creative Technology Solution and Soul Machines Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution categories.
More than 70 local and international judges assessed a record number of entries across 14 award categories. The calibre of this year’s entrants was at an all-time high, they said.
“Clearly, it’s still been a challenge for some of our tech companies to physically get in front of their customers, but this hasn’t stopped them from continuing to innovate and compete successfully on the global stage,” New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust chair David Downs .
“The other key theme that comes through again from the finalists and winners is that New Zealand makes technology with purpose – caring for people, and the planet. Seequent and Alimetry are excellent examples of this – helping create a better tomorrow through technology,” continues Downs.
Congratulations to all the winners. It was a privilege to attend and celebrate tech that is lifting Aotearoa’s society and economy. By 2040, our growing tech sector is set to create several hundred thousand new jobs with average salaries exceeding $100,000.
The investment in the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) is aspiring to help lift the growth of tech sector jobs by at least one percent per annum while at the same time developing a more sustainable local talent pool by encouraging and supporting more diversity into tech career pathways. That’s thousands of new high paying jobs for Kiwis driven by the growth and collaboration of our tech sector.
Ngā mihi Graeme Muller