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Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual

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Once you click the link below, you will be taken to our online entry portal and asked to sign up/sign in. Once you are signed up, you will be able to select your category to enter into.

Along the way, your entry progress will automatically be saved under your account for you to come back and finish at any time before entries close.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday, 4 March 2024

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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.

Request a Soft Copy Entry Form for This Category

Complete this form to receive a downloadable sample form to draft your entry, allowing you to collaborate with team members and get stakeholder approval prior to submitting your entry online.

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All entries must be submitted into the online entry portal by 5pm Monday 4 March 2024.


It's time to shoulder-tap that company or individual that deserves some recognition.

If there's a company or certain person out there that you think has what it takes, fill out this quick Nomination Form to let us know about them. Nominations can be made for all of the 14 award categories. Nominations close Monday, 19 February 2024 i.e. two weeks before entries close.

We'll reach out to them and let them know that they should enter - sometimes all you need is a little encouragement!

Hi-Tech Young Achiever category: can self enter or enter on behalf of someone. Entry must be made in the Award Force portal by 5pm Monday, 4 March 2024

Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual category: by nomination only. Entry to be submitted in Award Force portal by by 5pm Monday, 4 March 2024.