The panel of judges brings a variety and depth of experience to the Awards.
Pia is perhaps best known a community leader both in Australia and internationally as Vice President of Linux Australia and President of Software Freedom International. Having worked with open source for some eight years she has seen it deliver not only economic benefits to countries and business all around the world, but significant social and environmental benefits to communities everywhere. She currently works for Waugh Partners.
Russell is a well-known columnist, media commentator and active blogger. His radio show Hard News began in 1991 and ran for some 11 years. Hard News is now a blog on the popular Public Address website and readers of the Listener will be familiar with his weekly commentary on media and technology.
Rod has been the driving force behind several successful New Zealand IT initiatives, most recently the online accounting solution Xero. He has a self-confessed passion for software development and building business value, and was made NZX HiTech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
Peter is best known as founder and long-time President of the New Zealand Open Source Society. An active advocate for all things open source, he is often seen quoted in the press and lobbying on behalf of the Society. Peter is co-author of Mastering Tomcat Development (Wiley) and current manages a large software product in the health sector.
Colin has worked in the crossover between technology and policy for more than a decade. In 1995 he started New Zealand's first government web server. In 1996 he was one of the founders of InternetNZ, which runs the Domain Name System in New Zealand. Colin has worked for government departments, private companies and the not-for-profit InternetNZ, of which he is now President.
Nat ran the first web server in New Zealand and has chaired the O'Reilly Open Source Conference for ten years. He co-wrote the bestselling Perl Cookbook (O'Reilly) and was the first project manager for the Perl 6 project. He blogs on startups and technology at the popular O'Reilly Radar.
Don is a founder and director of Catalyst IT. He has lived and worked on three continents, and has specific interest in technology that empowers grass roots organisations and business to extend their potential. He is a member of New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.