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2018 NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Finalists' Hi-Tech Journey

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This article was published on 17 May 2018

We ask some finalists - What makes a successful Hi-Tech business?

Techweek’18 has arrived! New Zealand’s annual festival of innovation is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to celebrate and be inspired by our nation’s tech innovation and success – and it’s power to do good in the world. 

The NZ Hi-Tech Awards are a key part of Techweek’18, and celebrate New Zealand’s most successful high-tech companies and individuals. 

We’re pleased to see that almost 70% of this year’s 39 business finalists have worked with us at Callaghan Innovation – making use of our wide range of services. 

This year Callaghan Innovation is again proud to sponsor the Maori Innovation Award.

What makes a successful Hi-Tech business?

We spoke to two of our customers who are finalists about their journey so far. They told us about the good and the bad, and provided some words of advice and inspiration for firms and entrepreneurs in the tech space. One message resounded: having support, relationships and advice from the tech ecosystem is priceless. 

Kiwa Digital: Taking Hairy Maclary digital and Moana into Te Reo

Kiwa Digital is a finalist for the Māori Innovation Award in the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards. CEO Steven Renata shares Kiwa Digital’s journey as a global production house for experiential digital books. 

Its smart software is bringing written content like Hairy Maclary to life on digital devices and helping translate and match video audio in different languages. He describes the ups and downs of digital business as being ‘on the tail of a taniwha’.

Healthcare Applications: Every problem has a solution

Healthcare Applications is a finalist for the Public Good Award in the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards. Morris Pita, CEO, talks briefly about the company’s hi-tech journey with their Emergency Q platform. 

Emergency Q allows patients to seek out a medical appointments via an app based on the live waiting times, distance and fees of a clinic. The aim is to save patient time and reduce congestion in Emergency Department waiting rooms.