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Proud Sponsors of the 2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards

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The New Zealand Open Source awards are a biennial event to promote, recognise and celebrate the contributions of New Zealanders to free and open source projects and free and open source philosophy.  Exemplary use of free and open source by organisations is also recognised.

These awards could not happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Every two years, a group of organisations who recognise the importance of free and open source to New Zealand and the world support these awards through their sponsorship.

Catalyst are once again delighted to be the main organisers and Platinum sponsors of the awards.  Don Christie, Director of Catalyst and the chair of the NZOSA judging panel states “As New Zealand's and Australasia's leading open source company Catalyst and our clients benefit hugely from the generosity of spirit that is represented by the open source software community. These awards are an acknowledgement of that spirit and one small way in which we can recognise and promote the open source software community in general.”

InternetNZ, the other Platinum sponsor, said “As a voice, a helping hand and a guide to the Internet for all New Zealanders we wholeheartedly support open source. The generosity and innovative spirit of open source represents the best of the Internet.  It is a great honour for us to be associated with such a wonderful evening.

Sigurd Magnusson, one of the founders of Gold sponsor SilverStripe, says “as strong advocates of open source software we are proud to sponsors the 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. SilverStripe was founded in New Zealand in 2000, we first open sourced our CMS software in 2006 and have continued to help push awareness and adoption for open source ever since.”

.nz Registry Services, the other Gold sponsor says “at NZRS, the folks behind operation of .nz, we are keen supporters of open source developments and proud to share in the recognition of projects and software that build on open source philosophies. It is exciting to see and contribute to the level of innovation and collaboration that open source engenders. Our congratulations go out to all the finalists.”

Silver sponsors IITP notes “IITP is a strong supporter of both open source and recognising excellence, so we're proud to be supporting the NZ Open Source Awards. The awards recognise the massive contribution New Zealand's diverse open source community makes and we're very happy to be part of it.”

Steve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ and Silver Sponsor, states "we are keenly aware of the importance of open source software in the research and education sector.  Our constituency and the network that we operate benefit greatly from the work of the community.  We are happy to stand with the other sponsors in support of open source software that is created and supported in New Zealand."

Dragonfly Data Science, one of the Bronze sponsors says “we are scientists by training, specialising in data analysis. Openness is integral to the scientific process. Data analysis should be reproducible, so that given the same data and the same software, another researcher can reproduce the results. Open source software supports this reproducible approach, and we recommend it to all researchers and analysts.
Open data makes the results of scientific research available to the broader community, gaining more efficiency from public funding, and building trust in any analyses which use the data.”

The NZOSS a bronze sponsor is delighted to sponsor Catalyst's 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. The President, Dave Lane says “There's a rich but often under-recognised free and open source software community in NZ, and we're thrilled to see some of the great contributors and projects recognised for their passion and creativity. I look forward to the ceremony celebrating the talent and efforts of the many worthy nominees, finalists, and winners."

NZOSA would like to thank all the nominators, congratulate the finalists and thank our sponsors and the wider open source community for their ongoing support of this event.

Full Sponsors list for 2014

Catalyst - Platinum
InternetNZ - Platinum
.nz Registry Services - Gold
SilverStripe - Gold
IITP - Silver          
REANNZ - Silver
Rabid - Silver
Dragonfly Data Science - Bronze
NZOSS - Bronze
NZRise - Bronze

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