How to Enter

Entries for the 2020 Awards are now closed and the Finalists have been announced.


Key Dates

  • Entries open: 3 February 2020
  • Nomination deadline: 8 July 2020
  • Entry & Submission deadline: 15 July 2020 (5:00pm)
  • Moderation and finalist selection: 3 August - 14 August 2020
  • Finalist announcement: 25 August 2020, Auckland at CIO Summit
  • Finalist Judging Days: October 2020 - All finalists will be invited to a video interview with the judging panel
  • Announcement of winners at CIO Awards Night: 24 November 2020, Auckland Civic Theatre



5 Reasons to Participate in the CIO Awards

  1. Acknowledge and honour your most valuable assets
    The New Zealand CIO Awards celebrates and recognises individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. Participating can lift staff morale and motivate employees to achieve higher goals.
  2. Increase brand awareness
    Awards are a valuable marketing tool. Being nominated as a finalist for the New Zealand CIO Awards can enhance brand awareness and promote your business to a relevant audience within the tech sector.
  3. Reflect and benchmark your services
    The entry process encourages you to look further into your organisation and identify valuable members of staff and innovative initiatives that have positively impacted performance. It also enables you to reflect on your current operations and work on maintaining a competitive advantage.
  4. Increase your credibility
    By participating in the New Zealand CIO Awards Programme and highlighting team and individual achievement, you have the opportunity to boost your company’s reputation and credibility. For newer companies it can assist in establishing your brand, while for larger companies, it can be proof that you are still dynamic and innovative.
  5. Promote your success
    We promote both our finalists and winners across our website and social media channels, which will provide great exposure and recognition for your brand and organisation.


The Entry Process

  • The Judges value comprehensive, clear, well thought out entries. Make sure you answer the questions and get somebody else to review your entry before you submit it.
  • Please note that the Entry Form is stand-alone. The judges can only assess what is included in the entry. Do not assume they know anything about your organisation, even if you think it is widely known.
  • Please read the ‘Category Definition and Qualification’ section on the Submission Form to get a sense of what is required for each entry.
  • Each question on the Submission Form carries a percentage weight.
  • The Submission Form is an online entry form. All entries must be completed via the online entry form. Emailed entries will not be accepted. Some questions have word limits.
  • Supporting Material may be uploaded after you have answered all of the questions, and can be supplied as follows:
    • Upload JPEG or PDF files. Maximum file size is 5MB per piece. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry.
    • Video attachments may be hosted on a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    • Provide website URL’s to the publicly accessible campaign or active URL of a landing page. Please ensure any applicable usernames and passwords are provided and active.
    • Please do not upload any further written material as the judges will not consider these. The written component of your entry should be fully explained within the provided form fields.


General Entry Criteria

  • For team categories, organisations must be operating in New Zealand at the time entries close.
  • For individual categories, the entrant must be a New Zealand resident and working in New Zealand at the time entries close.


Past Winner

Past winners are not allowed to re-enter the CIO of the Year or Emerging ICT Leader Categories. For all other categories, past winners are welcome to re-enter. However, the entry must be substantially different to their previous winning entry. For example, it must include a new project or initiative, or new team members.


Sponsors and Judges

We cannot accept entries form organisations who are sponsoring or judging the awards.


Judging Process

  • Your Submission Form goes out separately to 3 independent judges from the following panel:
    • John Holt - Founder of TAINZ, Co Founder of Kiwi Landing Pad
    • Kevin Angland – General Manager Digital Services, Mercury Energy
    • Louise Francis – Country Manager New Zealand and Research Director ANZ, IDC
    • Mavis Mullens – Chair, Rangitane Tamaki Nui a Rua
    • Michael Myers – Professor of Information Systems, University of Auckland Business School
    • Rachel Kelly - Director, Ethical AI
    • Richard Kay – CDO, NZTE
    • Wendy Bussen - Direction, Bussen Consulting
  • The Judges value comprehensive, clear, well thought out entries.
  • Please submit your entry by the deadline 5pm, 15 July 2020. You will receive an email to confirm receipt of the entry.
  • ROUND 1: The Submission Forms are sent to the judges after the close date of 15 July. The judges review and score each submission against the criteria and then meet to moderate their scores and select the finalists. All entrants will be contacted and advised if they have been selected as a finalist or not. Finalists will be announced at the Virtual CIO Summit on 25 August. All Finalists will be invited to attend.
  • ROUND 2: Finalists will be invited to a video interview with the judges in October 2020. Please ensure you have a representative of your entry available for the interview if you are chosen as a finalist.
    • If you have entered a team category we encourage you to bring up to 5 team members.
    • For the Business Transformation category, we encourage you to bring the CEO or member of Executive Leadership team to the interview.
  • ROUND 3: Winners will be announced at the CIO Awards Night on 24 November at the Auckland Civic Theatre. Each Finalist will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the CIO Awards Night, and the opportunity to purchase additional tickets.


The Judges Brief

  • Judge each entry based on their business achievements only (not their personal achievements) with a strong emphasis on the 2019/20 calendar year.
  • Uphold the impartiality of the judging role and maintain objectivity at all times. (All judges declare any conflict of interest if they are involved with a business that is entering the awards, and withdraw from judging that category.)
  • Maintain a fair perspective when comparing enterprises of varying size.



  • Please submit your entry before 5pm 15 July 2020
  • NOTE: You will receive an email reply acknowledging receipt of your entry.
  • If you have any questions regarding the awards please contact:
    Yvonne Gill, Events and Marketing Director, IDC Australia and New Zealand - +64 21 905 030 - [email protected]


Terms & Conditions

  1. To be eligible to enter the NZ CIO Awards, candidates:
    • must be currently living in New Zealand and are either New Zealand citizens or permanent New Zealand residents.
    • must not be judges or direct suppliers of the Awards.
    • who were category winners in the 2019 NZ CIO Awards cannot enter the same category in the 2020 Awards.
  2. Employees of Conferenz Limited and IDC New Zealand (“the Organisers”), sponsors and companies directly associated with these Awards are not eligible to enter or be nominated.
  3. Nominations open on 3 February 2020 and close at 5.00pm, 15 July 2020
  4. Nominations must be submitted in accordance with the instructions set out on the entry form, along with the relevant information detailed in the entry criteria and category descriptions at
  5. Entrants may submit multiple entries in different categories but may only submit one entry per individual category.
  6. The judging panel and its representatives reserve the right to verify nominations in each category, for example by requesting further information or by contacting referees.
  7. The finalists of each category will be announced on 25 August 2020.
  8. The winners of each category will be announced at the CIO Awards night, 24 November 2020.
  9. A candidate may be nominated by a third party. Following submission of the nomination, the candidate will receive an email requiring them to confirm (a) their agreement to these Terms and Conditions; and (b) their agreement to their referees being contacted for verification purposes.
  10. The judging panel reserves the right to make a special award that falls outside the prescribed categories, where, in the opinion of the judging panel, a candidate merits recognition not covered by the prescribed categories.
  11. The judging panel reserves the right not to make an award in a category.
  12. Additional information not forming part of the entry form should be clearly marked so as to indicate which portion of the entry form it supports.
  13. Information provided in entries (including any photo provided) may be made publicly available and may also feature in editorial coverage. Candidates may be contacted for editorial coverage by media and agree to participate in any interviews or other media coverage. Specified confidential information will not be used for editorial.
  14. Category winners agree to make themselves available for publicity purposes relating to the Awards, including without limitation participation in the promotion of the Awards for the following year.
  15. All decisions made by the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Conferenz and IDC New Zealand accept no responsibility for late or incomplete entries.
  17. The entry, judging and award process is managed by Conferenz and IDC New Zealand.
  18. For enquiries about eligibility or other questions relating to the Awards, please contact us via email at [email protected]