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A-List Award Showcases Kiwi Innovators

A-List Award Showcases Kiwi Innovators

New Zealand application developers will have the chance to showcase their work on the world stage with the launch of the 3G A-List awards.

The 3G A-List awards have been established to recognise the best examples of New Zealand organisations using CDMA 3G wireless technology to improve efficiency and deliver real business benefit. The winning solution will be entered into the U.S. 3G A-List awards where it will compete against the world’s best mobility solutions.

First placegetter will also be featured on the Lucent stand at a major international wireless conference in the U.S. where the U.S. A-List awards will be announced. The stand will feature video and print case studies to help promote the winning solution to attendees at the event.

The New Zealand 3G A-List awards are being sponsored by Telecom New Zealand, Lucent Technologies and Qualcomm. Paul Treacy, Telecom’s Partner Ecosystem Manager says the awards are an opportunity for New Zealand developers to tap into potential global markets.

“The growth of CDMA 3G technology, particularly in the U.S., means there are fantastic opportunities for kiwi solution providers. New Zealand has a pool of some of the most talented application developers anywhere in the world and the idea behind the A-List awards is to help bring their talent to those global markets.”

Lucent New Zealand General Manager, Jonathan van Smit, said the awards were an investment in the New Zealand software development industry. “It’ s a further opportunity for us to assist in building links between New Zealand researchers and developers and the rest of the world. We’re looking forward to helping put some wonderful examples of kiwi innovation on the world stage.”

The 3G A-List awards are open to any New Zealand business, government agency or not-for-profit organisation that has already deployed CDMA 3G solutions that display true business benefit.

The awards will be judged by:

• Rod Drury: 2006 NZX Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year

• Mike Iandolo: Lucent Technologies’ Network Solutions Group

• Rob Hart: Qualcomm

• Prashant Belwalkar: NZTE

• Stephen Crombie: Telecom

The entries will be judged against the following criteria; exemplary innovation and creativity, overall business impact, and quantifiable return on investment.

Entries close in February 2007 and the winners will be announced in mid-March 2007. Interested developers and organisations can find more information and a nomination form at www.3galist.co.nz

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