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Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual

Entries have now closed!

Finalist announcements will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Wednesday, 27 March, 5.30 - 7 pm. Click here to register.

Like the Flying Kiwi Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and Hi-Tech Young Achiever awards, the Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual is an enduring recognition, therefore previous winners cannot re-enter this category.

Entry is a Two-Stage Process

Nominations are called for using the form below. Nominations are also actively sought from living Flying Kiwis, members of our judging panel, industry groups and our alumni (category winners from the last two years). The individuals with the most nominations go through to round two following a review by the Hi-Tech Trustees.

All successful nominees are notified and have the right to decline nomination at this stage. All remaining nominees will be declared a finalist and interviewed by a journalist asking the same set of questions. The resulting responses will be issued to a panel of international judges to review and decide the category winner.

Please note:

This category is by nomination only. Entrants who make it to the final selection will be notified and have the right to decline nomination at that stage.
Finalists in the Young Achiever Category cannot also be a finalist in the Inspiring Individual Category in the same year. In the event of this occurrence, the entrant/nominee will be asked to select the category they wish to go forward in.

Judging Criteria

  • The winner of this category will be an individual who is: Making an outstanding contribution to a New Zealand hi-tech company as a director, senior executive, employee or contractor and/or to the hi-tech sector itself.
  • Demonstrating qualities that single them out as an inspiring leader and achiever in NZ’s technology sector.
  • Achieving far beyond what could be considered their 'day job'.
  • A NZ Citizen or permanent resident who has lived in NZ for a minimum of five years.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email info@hitech.org.nz or call +64 21 223 8506.

Nominations Have Closed

Thank you for all your submissions! We appreciate your efforts in recognising outstanding companies and individuals.

For the Hi-Tech Young Achiever category, entries can be self-entered or submitted on behalf of someone. Please ensure that entries are made in the Award Force portal by 5 pm on Monday, 4 March 2024.

As for the Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual category, entries are accepted by third party only. Make sure to submit the entry form for them in the Award Force portal by 5 pm on Monday, 4 March 2024.

Thank you again for your participation, and stay tuned for the exciting announcements ahead!