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Internet NZ sponsoring Open Source awards

Press Release – Internet NZ
The organisers of the New Zealand Open Source Awards are pleased to announce that Internet New Zealand has been confirmed as a Platinum sponsor of the event which will be held in Wellington in November.

Internet New Zealand Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says the organisation is proud to be supporting the Open Source Awards, noting that the vision of a free and uncaptureable Internet depends in large measure on open source software.

“Much of the Internet has been built with open source tools and principles. Internet New Zealand recognises the critical role that open source developers and contributors have made and continue to make to the Internet and wider New Zealand society,” he says.

The Open Source Awards will be held on Wednesday 7 November in Wellington. The Awards are designed to raise awareness of free and open source software, recognising the contributions of New Zealanders to the open source philosophy and exemplary use of open source by New Zealand organisations.

A number of nominations have been submitted across nine Award categories. For the 2012 Awards a new category has been introduced – ‘Open Source in Social Services’. This is shaping up to be a popular category, having already received five nominations for three different projects.

Other categories in this year’s awards are: Open Source Use in Government, Open Source Use in Business, Open Source Use in Education, Open Source Use in The Arts, Open Source Software Project, Open Source Contributor, Open Science Award and the Open Source People’s Choice Award.

This year marks the fourth time that the awards have been held. Previous winners have included open source website developer Silverstripe, online services firm Ponoko and Radio New Zealand.

Catalyst IT is the Award’s other Platinum sponsor. Gold sponsors are the New Zealand Open Source Society and Open Systems Specialists. Other sponsors include Egressive and Rabid Tech.

More information about the Awards, including nomination forms, is available at http://nzosa.org.nz

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