As the Crusaders and Hurricanes fought it out on a miserable, cold rainy night in the stadium across the carpark, a crowd of almost 800 people, dressed in their finery, descended on Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena for the 2018 Hitech Awards last week.
The Hitech Awards is the glamour event for New Zealand’s Hitech sector and features a stellar cast of 70 international and national judges judging entries across 13 categories, including our own David Earl.
Diversity was a big focus for the Hitech Trust this year, and it was really pleasing to see so many women represented amongst the finalists. Jen Rutherford, Chairperson of the Hitech Trust said “The number of finalists with female CEO’s has almost doubled year-on-year. Whilst we are not there yet, we are moving in the right direction. Our industry is truly in great shape.”
Endace sponsored the Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award, which was a keenly fought category again this year, with a wide range of products from Ubco‘s radical, off-road electric bike to a 3D Bioimaging device from Mars Bioimaging and innovative construction equipment from Calibre Contracting Equipment. The winner of the award was Enatel for its smart, modular charging solutions used to power material handling equipment.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. We wish them all the best of luck in their endeavors. And we look forward to seeing what innovative technology will appear at next year’s Hitech Awards.
For those that weren’t able to attend, here’s a highlights reel courtesy of our friends at Swaytech, who organized the event. Great job guys!