About the NZ Open Source Awards

Free and open source technology is changing the way people and organisations collaborate and innovate to achieve common goals.

Through sharing success stories, the awards aim to raise awareness about the competitive edge that free and open source software allows for. Using these real life New Zealand examples resonates with the awards audience. This leaves them feeling empowered to explore and expand their knowledge of free and open source solutions, for their business or organisation.

With 7 categories for the awards, nominations come in from all streams throughout the country - be it the open source community, government or the private sector, each of these nominations are presented and evaluated by a panel of judges. Join us and celebrate the vibrancy of free and open source software.

NZOSA 2018 Judges 

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith

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Bronwyn Holloway-Smith <bronwyn.nz(external link)> is an investigative artist and researcher based in Wellington. She has won the NZ Open Source Arts Award twice (2010, 2012). Recently, she made some art <https://citygallery.org.nz/exhibitions/this-is-new-zealand/(external link)> and a book <http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/books/all/all/wanted(external link)>. She lives in Island Bay with Matthew Holloway and their three offspring. 

Dave Lane

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Dave is a long time proponent of free and open source software source (FOSS). As NZOSS president, he advocates for mandatory open standards for government IT and encourages greater use of and contribution to FOSS by organisations in both public and private sectors. By day he's the Open Source Technologist at the OER Foundation, building and supporting fully-FOSS systems. to provide higher education opportunities for a global community of learners and educators.

Don Christie

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Don Christie is founder and Managing Director of Catalyst IT. The company has been providing Open Source solutions to their clients for since 1997. He is a past President of the NZOSS and is currently co-Chair of NZRise, the organisation that represents the interests of Kiwi owned digital businesses.

Edwin Bruce

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Teaches Digital Technologies at Wellington East Girls' College. Also fulfils a role as College Digital Information Officer ie CIO without the paper. Describes himself as a Learner, Teacher, Facilitator and ICTProfessional. Business experience includes Education, Forestry, Wholesale Banking, Fisheries Management and e-Government.

Joy Liddicoat

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Joy is a lawyer and Vice President of InternetNZ. Joy specialises in human rights and the Internet, is a former Human Rights Commissioner and was Assistant Commissioner (Policy and Operations) at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner from 2015-2018. Joy works for the University of Otago on a New Zealand Law Foundation project exploring the legal implications of artificial intelligence.


Kris Wehipeihana 


Kris Wehipeihana (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tukorehe). Currently Library Manager at a tertiary education provider in Wellington, previously President of the Library Association, and formerly a judge for the Wellington theatre awards.



Pia Andrews

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Pia has an extensive history in the open source community, particularly at the intersection of data, policy and governance. She has worked with governments both here and in Australia and is currently at the Department of Internal Affairs working on system transformation and government as a platform.


History of the awards

The New Zealand Open Source Awards were first held in 2007, then 2008 and biennially since then.  The most recent in October 2016.

The roll call of previous winners, and the nominations that they were drawn from, is an impressive testament to New Zealand's contributions to the global open source movement. As those contributions continue, the New Zealand Open Source Awards recognise that achievement and celebrate it with the people that make it happen.


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