Welcome to the 2021 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.

This year’s inspiring individual nomination form comprises several sections which can be individually completed at any time, up until nominations close 5pm, 8 March 2021.

Once submitted your nomination is final and no further changes can be made.

Entries in this category are judged by a panel of international judges. Previous winners may not re-enter; as for the Flying Kiwi and Young Achiever Awards, this is an enduring recognition.

Entry is a two-stage process:

  1. 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 past two years). The six individuals with the most nominations go through to round two. In the event of a draw for the sixth place, the NZ Hi-Tech Trust Board will have the casting vote.
  2. All six 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 comprised of international judges to select the category winner.

Please note:

  • This category is by nomination only. Nominees 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 be a finalist in the Inspiring Individual Category in the same year; in the advent of this occurrence the entrant will be asked to select the category they will 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 a leader and achiever.
  • Achieving far beyond what could be considered their “day job”.
  • A permanent resident (having legally resided in NZ for a minimum of five years) or a NZ citizen.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at info@hitech.org.nz or call us on 09 984 4140.

Request an entry form for this category

Complete this form to receive your unique link to enter the IBM Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual. You are able to save and resume your entry any time before entries close by using this link.

You will also receive a soft copy version of the entry form so that you can collaborate with team members and get stakeholder approval prior to submitting your entry online.

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Nominate a company or individual for an award 

If there's a company or a hi-tech superstar out there deserving of recognition, complete this quick Nomination Form to tell us all about them. We'll reach out and encourage them to enter.

Nominations for the 2021 awards close 5pm, 22 February 2021.