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Hi-Tech Award winners

A handful of screen industry companies and individuals made the finalists list for this year’s Hi-Tech awards, but none walked away winners.

Shotover Camera Systems' six shooter, Hydra

Shotover Camera Systems’ six shooter, Hydra

Movio and Shotover Camera Systems each had two nominations. Movio was nominated in the Emerging Company of the Year and Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product categories. Shotover was nominated for the Best Technology Solution for the Creative Sector and Company of the Year gongs. Designed for use on helicopters, ground vehicles, watercraft and almost anything that moves, Shotover’s 6 axis gyro stabilized platform is a gem. Here’s some vertigo-inducing footage of one of their systems at work.

Earlier this year Movio’s owner Vista teamed with the NZFC to fund a new training initiative.

Also nominated at the awards were Rush Digital’s Danu Abeysuriya and SmudgeApps’ Reuben Bijl, both in the Young Achiever category.

Rush Digital develops apps and games for a range of corporate and industry clients, including TVNZ and PikPok’s Into the Dead game. SmudgeApps does what it says on the box and includes Flicks and Sky among its clients.

Selected winners from this year’s Hi-Tech Awards are noted below.

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2015
Shotover Camera Systems
*** Xero

Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year 2015
ARANZ Medical
Totara Learning
Unleashed Software
*** Volpara Solutions

Callaghan Innovation Best Technology Solution for the Creative Sector 2015
Shotover Camera Systems
*** Umajin

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product 2015
*** Umajin

Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever 2015
Danu Abeysuriya – Rush Digital
Reuben Bijl – SmudgeApps
Madeleine Martin – Ossis
*** Ben O’Brien – Stretchsense
Ben Richmond – Xero

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