Following are the categories and criteria for the CIO Awards New Zealand programme.
CIO of the Year
The CIO of the Year award is open to individuals in the most senior leadership position in your organisation (CIO, Head of, etc.). New Zealand’s CIO of the Year will illustrate how they have positioned the role of CIO strategically within the company. They will demonstrate innovation and key successes achieved in the past 12 months with an eye on digital leadership in the future. They will also be able to show how technology and digital will enable their organisation’s overall business strategy.
Emerging ICT Leader of the Year
The Emerging ICT Leader award, recognises, celebrates and encourages exceptional ICT talent of professionals under the age of 33 years (as at 15 August 2023). We are looking for the future CIO’s and leaders of the ICT sector in New Zealand - people who have demonstrated outstanding ICT initiative.
Business Transformation through Digital and IT
The Business Transformation through Digital and IT Award honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative(s) using digital and disruptive technologies. These organisations represent outstanding examples of how the organisation has successfully navigated the digital landscape to produce exceptional transformation outcomes as part of its wider business strategy. Finalists in this category will demonstrate collaboration across all parts of the business, strong advocacy from its leadership team, clearing the path for transformation, and represent industry leadership on how to leverage digital technologies to transform the organisation.
Community Tech Champions
The Community Tech Champions Award honours and showcases outstanding initiatives that address digital equity/diversity issues and encourage or develops Aotearoa, New Zealand’s digital capabilities. These issues could include women in tech, Māori and Pasifika in tech, regional or community initiatives, engaging youth (workforce of the future) and/ or lifelong learning. Our aim is to encourage private businesses, public sector organisations, and academic institutions, to take action, ensuring the digital capabilities of all New Zealanders are constantly growing and improving.
Examples of the types of programs your organisation could nominate:
- Information and education initiatives
- Partnerships with tertiary providers and education agencies to influence the curriculum
- Collaboration with Government agencies
- Not-for-profit organisations, social groups, and other community initiatives
Best ICT Team Culture & Inclusion
The Best ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Team Culture & Inclusion Award recognises outstanding ICT team culture, recruitment, inclusion, and diversity practices that contributes to the team's success. The aim of this award is to celebrate organisations that recognise how culture and inclusion enables business success. These organisations understand that recruitment, retention, and training future talent as a key part of the integral recipe for high performing ICT teams.
Skills shortages remain a challenge for the ICT industry and Diversity and Inclusion is garnering focus at board and executive levels. This award recognises practices, policies, and strategies that foster a modern, inclusive, and open team culture. The outcomes are excellence in retention and nurturing of a diverse staff and these drive a competitive advantage for the organisation.
Sustainability Through Technology
The Sustainability through Technology Award honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a sustainability initiative(s) using technology. The applicants must demonstrate leadership in leveraging technology and innovation to drive a sustainable initiative within their organisation that has produced a range of benefits for the organisation and/ or communities.
The initiative or project could address any/or all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic (planet, people, and profitability).
Examples could include:
- Using or developing technology to measure, monitor and reduce carbon and energy consumption.
- Smart City initiatives focused on sustainable economic, environment and social outcomes.
- Development of technology for good products and services.
- Circular economy initiatives such as incorporating principles in operations (such as reducing environmental harm) or integrated into product design, engineering, procurement, and supply chain.
- ESG (environmental, social and governance) reporting where sustainability is an integral and measurable part of the business strategy.
- Sustainable procurement or supply chain initiatives.
- Sustainable workforce or community projects. For example, initiatives underpinned by employee experience, digital/community inclusion, talent development, employee/community wellbeing, health, and safety.
Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand
This award is given to a high profile business person from a public or private company whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater New Zealand or global business community in an information technology sense over the course of his or her career. The award recognises people at the intersection of business and technology. That could be someone who has had a long and successful career in IT, who has contributed significantly to the effectiveness of business through technology, or someone who has had great success in a technology company. The recipient is selected by the judging panel. However, if you believe you know a worthy candidate please drop us a line and let us know why you think they should be considered.