Six NZ finalists in global tech awards

Communications Minister Amy Adams has acknowledged six New Zealand companies which have been selected as finalists in this year’s World Summit Awards for creativity and innovation in ICT.

The awards are a global showcase of 40 projects, across eight categories, with a special emphasis on those which show the benefits of information and communication technology for the development of communities.

New Zealand has finalists in six of the eight categories. Those are Figure.NZ, ARANZ Medical, Pond, Ngā Tapuwae Gallipoli, Wipster and Attitude Live.

Ms Adams says this year’s finalists are prime examples of New Zealand companies effectively using ICT to put their innovative ideas into action.

“New Zealand companies have always pioneered global thinking and it’s great to see these clever unique initiatives being showcased on the world stage,” Ms Adams says.

New Zealand has participated in the World Summit Awards since 2003, co-ordinated by Jan Bieringa, judged this year by Courtney Johnston and Chris Cormack and supported by InternetNZ.

New Zealand has participated in the World Summit Awards since 2003. This year’s winners will be announced after final judging takes place in Estonia in late October.

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The New Zealand finalists are:

  • Figure.NZ (Government & Open Data) Figure.NZ (formerly Wiki New Zealand) is truly democratizing data. Figure.NZ takes the bold and unique stance that everyone can be a user of data, and that technology and systems should be designed to deliver to that standard. Figure.NZ has developed a platform to do this – it brings together and standardises data from the public sector, private sector and academia, and it provides it in formats that make it usable, fun and easy for everyone – from experienced users to children. Further information is available at: Figure.NZ

  • ARANZ Medical (Health & Environment)ARANZ Medical’s 3D scanning and information systems gives a voice to patients suffering chronic wounds and amputations by bringing to light the true status of their wound healing progress and skin dimensions during assessment. Innovations include Silhouette, an FDA-approved electronic wound assessment system, and FastSCAN II, a 3D scanning system for orthotics and prosthetics. ARANZ Medical’s mission is to use their skill in structured light technology and IT to equip researchers and clinicians alike with knowledge that will empower them to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, including high risk groups such as diabetes sufferers and the elderly. Further information is available at:

  • Pond, from N4L (Network for Learning) (Learning & Science) N4L is being recognised for its innovative work in education by creating an active e-learning community for educators. Pond makes learning resources more accessible to the education community (especially those buried deep in archives or otherwise unavailable via public search engines); and fosters collaboration among educators, enabling them to have an impact beyond their school walls, so they can share their talents, best-practices, and resources with the wider

  • Ngā Tapuwae Gallipoli (Culture & Tourism) The Ngā Tapuwae Gallipoli app effectively uses modern technology to inform and enlighten travellers about New Zealand’s participation in the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War. It is a multi-media interactive app that guides travellers to the actual locations where New Zealanders fought, while also being informative for those with a general interest in New Zealand’s history at Gallipoli. Further information is available at:

  • Wipster (Business & Commerce) Wipster is a cloud-based SaaS application. The idea for Wipster was borne in 2013 when filmmaker Rollo Wenlock became increasingly frustrated with the fractured video review process. With a singular focus on creating a beautifully designed, intuitive video review and approval experience for anyone creating video, Wipster has carved out a niche in this emerging category. Reviews are accelerated by 65%, and what was once a tedious process becomes a streamlined workflow. Pinpoint commenting offers a fun and intuitive way to chat to each other about work-in-progress where it makes sense - right on top of the video.

  • AttitudeLive (Inclusion & Empowerment) In 2005 Attitude Pictures launched as a media company with the sole purpose of producing factual television content for and about people living with disabilities. The real life stories change attitudes towards disabled people and in turn promote inclusion. In eleven years of production Attitude has made over 400 documentaries and filmed in more than 25 countries. In 2013 it launched its web platform AttitudeLive as a way to share and distribute its library of content with the world and build connections for the disability community. Further information is available at:


The judges are Chris Cormack and Courtney Johnston.

Chris Cormack (@ranginui) has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies. While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000. Chris currently works for Catalyst IT in Wellington and believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate.

Courtney Johnston (@auchmill) has been the director of The Dowse Art Museum since 2012. Previous to that Courtney was the general manager at Wellington web design and development company Boost New Media and Web Manager at the National Library of New Zealand, where she was part of the Digital New Zealand team. Courtney is a past member of the National Digital Forum board and an organiser of their annual conference, and a past member of the Creative Commons Aotearoa advisory panel; she was recently elected to the Museums Aotearoa board. She is a regular arts correspondent for National Radio and maintains a keen interest in the connections between the web, culture and heritage.

Global Timetable - World Summit Award 2015

August 1st - Jury Round conducted as online Jury

September 16-19 - Grand Jury meeting and decision on the 40 WSA Winners | Baku, Azerbaijan

October 19 – 21 - WSA African Content Award Gala, Regional Award | Kigali, Rwanda

End of February 2016 - WSA Global Congress, Conference and exhibition | Singapore

About WSA:

The World Summit Awards honours excellence in e-content/applications. Forty winners (5 in each category) are selected globally A special emphasis is placed on those projects which show the benefits of information and communication technology for the development of society at large. Over and above the judging criteria the judges look for the 'value add' to NZ - what are the products & services that can we put on the global stage to increase both NZ visibility & create international sales. This is a great showcase for the innovative & clever thinking that is going on in NZ. The World Summit Award (WSA) has been a resounding success for New Zealand since 2003.

"WSA is sponsored by InternetNZ, a non-profit incorporated society working towards the vision of a better world through a better Internet. InternetNZ says "WSA is a valuable global initiative to select and promote the world’s best online content. We are proud to support bringing New Zealand's best to that international arena".

WSA is generously hosted by Actrix Networks, the Wellington based Internet Service provider. Actrix Networks says "WSA is an important global initiative providing exemplary examples of diverse digital content fit for the world stage - we see WSA as a natural ally & partner for broadband."

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