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Breaking: 2020 NZ CIO Awards Finalists Announced!

Younity are proud to be a sponsor the 2020 NZ CIO Awards, to be held on the 24th November at The Civic in Auckland. We're delighted to be sharing a stage with some outstanding individuals and companies who have been announced as finalists, including those for the 'Sustainability through Technology' Awards, and of course, the 2020 NZ CIO of the Year. Here are this years nominees!

The 2020 New Zealand CIO Summit & Tech Expo kicked off today, delivered for the first time in a completely virtual format, using a superb stadium style format.

An outstanding day was had by all delegates with several memorable presentations being delivered. Highlights included Holly Ransom talking about the next generation of talent – in particular the shift from Millenials to Gen Z, Fletcher Previn discussing his experience creating a productive environment using design and user experience at IBM, and Matt Eastwood from IDC talking about the emergence of a new digital economy.

Undoubtedly, the high point was reached at the close of the opening day, with the finalists of the 2020 New Zealand CIO Awards being announced. Younity are delighted to be sponsoring this event for the first time, supporting the inaugural ‘Sustainability through Technology’ Award.

The 2020 New Zealand CIO Award Finalists are:

Emerging ICT Leader of the Year

The Emerging ICT Leader award recognises, celebrates and encourages the exceptional ICT Talent of professionals under the age of 33. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Chris Marsh – Group Infrastructure Manager, Freightways
  • Margaret Harris, Chief Information Officer, ContainerCo
  • Mo Chalabi, Digital Consultant, Beca

Business Transformation through Digital & IT

This award honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative or initiatives using digital or disruptive technologies. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Countdown
  • Inland Revenue – Te Tari Taake
  • Placemakers

Community Tech Champions

The Community Tech Champions Award honours and showcases outstanding initiatives by private enterprise, public sector or academic institutions that address diversity issues, engaging youth or lifelong learners. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Manaaki powered by Indigo
  • Pam Fergusson Trust
  • Te Reo Irirangi o Te Hiku o Te Ika

Best ICT Team Culture

This award recognises outstanding team culture within an organisation’s ICT team. With the industry challenged by skills shortages, fostering an excellent team culture and retaining and nurturing a diverse IT staff can create a competitive advantage for the entire organisation. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Counties Manukau Health
  • Fidelity Life
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Stats NZ – Tatauranga Aotearoa
  • Vocus

Sustainability through Technology

The Sustainability through Technology Award, sponsored by Younity, honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed sustainability initiatives using technology that has produced benefits to the organisation or to communities. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Genesis Energy
  • Southern Cross Health Society
  • Tonkin & Taylor
  • Z Energy

New Zealand CIO of the Year

The winner of the New Zealand CIO of the Year will demonstrate how they have positioned the role of CIO strategically within the company and will be able to demonstrate innovation and successes achieved over the past 12 months and into the future. The 2020 finalists are:

  • Iain Gauld – CIO, Contact
  • Mandy Simpson – Chief Digital Officer, Z Energy
  • Mark Denvir – Director ICT, Auckland Council
  • Sally Copland – General Manager Digital, Countdown
  • Stella Ward – Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board

Congratulations to all of the finalists in all categories!

On behalf of Younity, we look forward to seeing everyone on the Awards night, held on 24th November 2020 at The Civic in Auckland. Let’s hope we are able to congregate together safely then.

We can’t wait to present the ‘Sustainability through Technology’ Award to one of our finalists. Best of Luck!

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