Five New Zealand businesses have received awards for excellence online at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA's) in Melbourne last night.
The ANZIA's are an annual event, held jointly by InternetNZ and auDA, celebrating the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering online content that is accessible, innovative, informative and secure.
New Zealand companies received a clean sweep of the new Tech StartUp category, with Auckland based Latipay taking out the main prize, and Christchurch's Linewize being named as highly commended.
Massey University's Design + Democracy project won the Information Award for their work on online voter engagement, and the Virtual Learning Network Primary School and Attitude Live were both highly commended in the Diversity and Digital Skills category.
InternetNZ's CEO, Jordan Carter, says that it is a testament to the quality of the New Zealand entries that five out of the seven finalists received awards and that two organisations won their respective categories.
"The quality of New Zealand finalists show that New Zealand's tech sector is in good hands. We have a lot of positive ideas coming out of New Zealand, and it is great to see that the New Zealand winners represented a number of communities nationwide," says Carter.
Cameron Boardman, the newly appointed CEO of auDA says: "As my first ANZIA event, as CEO, I was struck by the incredible atmosphere and genuine excitement of the community to celebrate such valuable contributions from our finalists. It is encouraging to see such diversity and innovation across the wider tech sector."
InternetNZ is so pleased that 2016 has not only attracted a huge amount of entries to these awards – but also such a high calibre of finalists from across Australasia. It shows us that work in the Internet space is continuing to advance and improve and we are producing some brilliant and innovative work in this area across the region.
Congratulations to all of the ANZIA winners. To see a full list of New Zealand and Australia winners, visit the ANZIA website at: https://www.anzia.org.au/news/2016-anzia-winners-the-real-showstoppers/
Winners of 2016 ANZIA awards received a $2,500AUD cash prize.
Please find below further information on each of the New Zealand winners.
Design + Democracy (Wellington)
The Design + Democracy project has won the Information Award at the ANZIA's. Design + Democracy is a research unit at Massey University's College of Creative Arts. The project is focused on looking at how design can help to advance 21st century citizenship. They aim - to harness technology to help build a vibrant democracy through the use of clever design. The project has been responsible for the 'On the Fence' app in the 2014 election, which you might remember from the cute sheep icon. They are firm believers in collaboration and work with industry, government and the social sector.
Latipay, winners of the Tech StartUp category at the ANZIA's, is an online payment solution that facilitates a CNY/NZD transform from a CNY bank account to a NZD bank account. Latipay can be used to make payments for goods or travel, or to pay a bill in NZD directly from a CNY bank account. Latipay allows CNY transfer through an official channel that is quick and convenient. Latipay is useful for a range of people, from Chinese students to tourists or importers. It also allows New Zealand exporters to collect revenue from Chinese customers, which gives exporters easier access to the Chinese market and services such as Alibaba.
Linewize received a Highly Commended award in the Tech Start Up category for their software that lets teachers track what students are actually doing on their devices. Teachers using Linewize can use the software to identify which students are staying on task on their device, and which students have been distracted by other things. The software lets teachers implement their own filters and helps schools support popular "bring your own device" policies while tackling one of the biggest problems with devices in schools – making sure students stay on task.
Virtual Learning Network Primary School
The Virtual Learning Network Primacy School received a Highly Commended award in the Diversity and Digital Skills category. This initiative aims to extend learning opportunities by enabling online collaborations between schools. The project allows students to access online learning for subjects and areas that may not be offered at their own schools. The programme also supports teachers to develop their confidence and capability in e-learning, and there is an Online Community of Learning to broker connections and collaborations.
Attitude Live (Auckland)
Attitude Live received a Highly Commended award in the Diversity and Digital Skills category. Attitude Live is a creative studio that produces award-winning documentaries, video content and campaigns in digital and traditional media. Attitude Live's aim is to help organisations, service providers, governments and brands step inside the world of disability and rethink their attitudes to move closer to the community or change their marketing for the growing disability and health landscape. As well as producing content, they manage an online platform that has an engaged audience. They have partnered with a number of big organisations, and are have been working with TVNZ to bring daily highlights of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.