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2018 Finalists

The following are the finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards. Good luck to all finalists!

Scroll down for a brief judge's summary about each finalist.

 

New Zealand IT Professional of the Year

  • Lukasz Zawilski, CIO, NZ Qualifications Authority
  • Regine Deleu, All-of-Government Enterprise Architect at Department of Internal Affairs
  • Simon Ferrari, General Manager, Datacom Systems Ltd

Young IT Professional of the Year

  • Sam Jarman, Mobile Developer, BNZ
  • Caitlin Duncan, PhD student, University of Canterbury
  • Miria Royal, Solution Consultant, Vodafone. Founder FLINT. Chair Te Pū Whero

IT Project Excellence Award

  • IR ServiceNow Sprint Team, Inland Revenue
  • Kevin Robinson & the healthAlliance Stabilisation Programme Team
  • Richard Morgan, Managing Director, Cyclone Computers

Excellence in Software

  • Darren Bruning, CIO, Velogicfit
  • Vulcan Steel and Datacom Team, led by James Well, CIO, Vulcan Steel and James David, Business Solutions Manager, Datacom
  • Kristen Burne and the NZ Police Family Harm Application Team, Kristen is Senior Project Manager for the NZ Police ICT delivery team

 Excellence in Digital Health

  • Aliesha Staples, Managing Director, Staples VR
  • Kevin Ross, GM of Precision Driven Health and Director of Research, Orion Health
  • Rebecca George, Garth Munro, Holly Wang, Allied Health Informatics, Canterbury DHB

 Excellence in IT Education

  • Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa
  • Donald Joyce, Tertiary Education Consultant
  • Science Learning Hub

Excellence in GovTech

  • Jeremy Hughes and the NZTA ONRC PMRT team, Jeremy is a Director of Company-X
  • Mike Taitoko and the Takiwā team, Mike is CEO and Founder of Takiwā
  • Education Sector Logon Upgrade project team, Ministry of Education

Excellence in Technical Communication

  • Steve Moss, Director, TechWrite Services
  • Emma Harding, Co-founder and Writing Team Manager, Streamliners
  • Grant Mackenzie, Senior Technical Communicator, RAMM Software Limited 

 

Brief summary of finalists

 


New Zealand IT Professional of the Year

In partnership with IT Professionals NZ

This is the supreme award recognising an individual who has achieved truly exceptional results in any aspect of IT in New Zealand, or a New Zealander who has achieved exceptional results internationally.

Finalists:

Lukasz Zawilski

CIO, NZ Qualifications Authority

As CIO at NZQA, Lukasz Zawilski has overseen significant technology transformation. His focus on the culture in his IT team has resulted in improved outcomes for the organisation including great morale and low turnover of staff.

Regine Deleu

All-of-Government Enterprise Architect at Department of Internal Affairs

In her role as the All-of-Government Enterprise Architect at DIA Regine Deleu has led the extraordinarily complex design of a Digital Government for New Zealand. 

Simon Ferrari

General Manager, Datacom Systems Ltd

Not content with his day to day job as a senior manager at Datacom, Simon Ferrari is an evangelist for IT as a career, doing much of this work in his spare time.

 

 


Young IT Professional of the Year

In partnership with TUANZ/Flint

This award recognises an outstanding emerging leader who, within the first six years of their IT career, is already achieving excellent results in any aspect of IT.

Finalists:

Sam Jarman

Mobile Developer, BNZ

Sam has clear talents as a developer, but it is his participation in and support of the wider tech community that is particularly impressive. Seeing people so early in their careers already giving back and mentoring future generations of technology leaders is what sets Sam apart from his developer peers.

Caitlin Duncan

PhD student, University of Canterbury

Caitlin's research on Computational Thinking in New Zealand Primary Schools speaks to her talents as a researcher and success in the educational space, but it is her participation in community projects such as the CS Field Guide and Digital Technologies Curriculum review team that demonstrates her strong support of others in the community.

Miria Royal

Solution Consultant, Vodafone. Founder FLINT. Chair Te Pū Whero

Miria's commercial achievements at Vodafone are very impressive on their own, but when coupled with her founding of community support programs like FLINT, and her advocacy for the lives of Maori in her community as a Trustee at Te Whānau a Haunui Papakainga, her achievements to date are truly inspiring.

 

 

IT Project Excellence Award

In partnership with Project Management Institute of NZ

This award is for a team or individual who has achieved outstanding results in anything related to IT project management or delivery. This could be in any methodology (eg Agile, DevOps, etc) and could be a project manager, consultant, CIO, member of a delivery team or anyone else involved with project management or delivery at any level. The project(s) may be related to anything to do with IT, software or technology.

Finalists:

IR ServiceNow Sprint Team  

Inland Revenue

This team demonstrated excellent use of agile processes as a continuous improvement process in service management.  The team have completed 38 sprints, resulting in over two hundred process improvements for ServiceNow. The "whole team approach" has engaged and empowered staff and clients to participate in weekly releases, making this a very worthy finalist.

Kevin Robinson & the healthAlliance Stabilisation Programme Team  

Kevin Robinson is GM Strategic Engagement & Enterprise Stabilisation, healthAlliance

Implementing a vast IT upgrade across the four Northern DHB's and providing continuity in healthcare to 1.8 million New Zealanders posed enormous challenges for Kevin's team.  In this broad based project, 330 HealthAlliance staff worked in partnership with their DHB partners to integrate legacy data, multiple platforms and rapidly changing healthcare technologies with a clear vision and great practice.  

Richard Morgan 

Managing Director, Cyclone Computers

The Cyclone Tela+ Team, inspired and supported by Richard Morgan, bid for the Ministry of Education contract to supply and maintain laptops for 48,000+ NZ teachers.  This small private company impressed judges with its ability to meet very short timeframes, coordinate expert teams from ten different companies and communicate effectively with customers to produce a lower-cost and very robust solution.

 

 


Excellence in Software

In partnership with the NZ Rise

This award is for a team or individual who has achieved outstanding results in software innovation, development, design, marketing, testing, or any other aspect of the software process in any environment.

Finalists:

Darren Bruning

CIO, Velogicfit

Darren's use of cutting edge technology to prototype and commercialise new technology is particularly impressive. His demonstrated experience in solving real world problems throughout his 20+ years of participation in the technology sector is what sets him apart from others.

Vulcan Steel and Datacom Team

Led by James Well, CIO, Vulcan Steel and James David, Business Solutions Manager, Datacom

Any effort to improve health and safety, especially in heavy industries such as the production of steel, has to be supported and it's impressive to see cutting edge machine learning technology dedicated towards this important problem.

Kristen Burne and the NZ Police Family Harm Application Team

Kristen is Senior Project Manager for the NZ Police ICT delivery team

Seeing technology deployed to help solve New Zealand's shamefully high levels of domestic violence is an inspiring use of technology. This project saw Police gain access to unprecedented levels of information quickly and efficiently, helping those who keep us safe in our communities.

 

 


Excellence in Digital Health

In partnership with Health Informatics NZ

This award is for a team or individual who has achieved outstanding results with innovative technology in the health sector. This might include health software, devices, technology or any other aspect of health IT.

Finalists:

Aliesha Staples

Managing Director, Staples VR

As a pioneer of VR technology, Staples VR managing director Aliesha Staples clearly demonstrates leadership, innovation, and passion. While it's obvious she brings huge value to the health and VR industry through her work and projects, what makes her stand out is her proven desire to help the community and the difference she is making to children in hospitals around the world.

Kevin Ross

General Manager of Precision Driven Health and Director of Research, Orion Health

Kevin is a leading figure in data science and analytics. Kevin's nomination demonstrates clear leadership in big data analytics, with involvement from multiple agencies. The results achieved by Kevin's organisation are significant and life-changing.

Rebecca George, Garth Munro, Holly Wang

Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics, Director of Allied Health, and Information Analyst (respectively), Canterbury DHB

The work and leadership demonstrated by this team shows great commitment and expertise to deliver an innovative solution for the workforce within Allied Health. They have achieved successful results and overcome significant challenges, making a significant impact in Canterbury.

 

 


Excellence in IT Education

In partnership with CITRENZ

This award is for a team or individual who has achieved outstanding results in relation to IT or related education at any level. This might be in relation to school or tertiary education for example, and includes the teaching of IT and digital technologies as well as the use of technology to improve educational outcomes.

Finalists:

Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa 

As the interface between the tech sector and teachers in the classroom, this team of volunteer teachers has navigated through a period of huge change in the tech education landscape, built linkages with industry and engaged with the Education sector to support both the development and implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum in New Zealand.

Donald Joyce

Tertiary Education Consultant

Well known for his outstanding dedication to quality research in the tech and education sectors, Donald Joyce brings a wise and eminently sensible approach to programme development, academic writing and the publication of IT research. As a leading figure in the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic space, Donald works with academic teams across New Zealand.

Science Learning Hub 

Through the creation of the Science Learning Hub, the team has implemented a vast website that reflects contemporary website design and future-proofs the significant investment by Government and the science sector in science education in NZ.   The developers worked closely with educators to ensure the resource would support teachers to use contemporary examples from New Zealand's science and technology sectors to provide authentic learning.

 

 


Excellence in Govtech

In partnership with GOVIS

This award is for a team or individual who has achieved outstanding results through technology innovation in any aspect of central or local government IT. This could include anything related to Government, including open data and open government projects.

Finalists:

Jeremy Hughes and the NZTA ONRC PMRT team

Jeremy is a Director of Company-X

Jeremy Hughes and the NZTA One Network Road Classification Performance Measures Reporting Tool team have turned a routine job into an innovative national solution. Their tool is now used throughout the country supporting a national road dataset enabling data driven decision making on all governmental levels.

Mike Taitoko and the Takiwā team

Mike is CEO and Founder of Takiwā

The Takiwā team are helping to transform the lives of iwi, the health sector and educators through data visualisation. Information gathered from a wide range of public sources is presented so non data specialists can use it for planning, submissions to government and in "making the case" to stakeholders.

Education Sector Logon Upgrade project team

Ministry of Education

The Education Sector Logon Upgrade project team within the Ministry of Education delivered a large complex transformation of their legacy identity and access management system under time pressure. They overcame technology hurdles to achieve a more wide ranging solution than originally intended that can be used for the benefit of all-of-government.

 

 


Excellence in Technical Communication

In partnership with TechCommNZ

This award is for a team or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the technical communication profession, such as demonstrating excellence in the workplace through new initiatives, improvements, mentoring etc, participating in and contributing to events and activities, or raising public awareness.

Finalists:

Steve Moss

Director, TechWrite Services

Steve is not only a highly skilled and experienced technical communicator, but he has also shown a strong commitment to the technical communication industry over the past 20 years. As well as serving as a President of the Technical Communicators Association, he has contributed significantly as a mentor and supporter in New Zealand and Australia.

Emma Harding

Co-founder and Writing Team Manager, Streamliners

Emma demonstrates great passion and commitment to technical communication. She employs and mentors a multitude of technical communicators in the Christchurch area, while continuing to lead innovation in writing, content development, and information design at her company Streamliners.

Grant Mackenzie

Senior Technical Communicator, RAMM Software Limited 

Grant is an innovator in the field of technical communication, and freely shares his skills and knowledge with others. Not only does he do great work for his employer RAMM Software, Grant also brings valuable input and experience and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops in New Zealand and Australia.

 

 

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