For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as “an exciting transformation – new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.”The joint organisers, auDA and InternetNZ, have reviewed all the categories and introduced a Tech Startup Award for this year. The Tech Startup Award will celebrate unique ventures that promote internet-related technologies or markets. The award is supported by Fishburners – Australia’s largest startup co-working space.For the first time, all winners – both not-for-profit and commercial bodies – will be awarded a A$2,500 cash prize.”auDA is excited to relaunch the new-look ANZIAs and offer prize money to all winners, including tech startups, who we are pleased to support with the new category,” said Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA. “We also welcome a talented and knowledgeable multi-sector judging panel.””Since its inception eight years ago, we have regularly reviewed the ANZIA program to assure it reflects the fast moving tech sector we work within. 2016 will see some of the biggest changes to date and we hope the greatest number of high calibre applicants, from all our stakeholder groups.””New Zealanders in the tech space should carefully consider how they can take part in the ANZIAs,” commented Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ.”The awards are a great opportunity to showcase and promote your work and they provide a great platform to get well-earned recognition.”Graham McDonald will be returning as the 2016 ANZIA chief judge, and joining him for the first time will be Denis Moriarty – Group Managing Director, Our Community, Vanisa Dhiru – Executive Director of the 2020 Trust and Alan Dee from Fishburners.The six ANZIA categories for 2016 are:
- Security Award, supported by AusRegistry
- Diversity & Digital Skills Award
- Innovation Award
- Tech Startup Award, supported by Fishburners
- Information Award
- The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites
Enter now at anzia.org.au/howtoenter Entries close on Monday 10 June 2016.Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne, Tuesday 30 August 2016.For those that are really keen and who want to keep track of updates on the ANZIAs, there is a Facebook page, an Instagram page and you can register for news at anzia.org.au.