Nico Steyn, CEO of leading Internet of Things innovator IoT.nxt, is one of the nominees for the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award, managed and presented by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA).
The list for the 2017 award is dominated by entrepreneurs and innovators and Steyn is in the select company of several of the brightest minds in tech in SA.
“The variety of industry leaders on the nominees list is testament to the vibrancy of the IT and broader tech industry in South Africa and shows that the country is at the level, and in some instances ahead, of international counterparts. We believe that IoT.nxt is to become a leader in IoT in SA and internationally and seeing the CEO included in this impressive list is testament to the success the company achieved thus far,” says IoT.nxt Chairman, Wayne Fitzjohn.
Apart from Steyn the nominees list includes respected professionals including:
- Annette Muller, founder of on-demand workforce platform Flexy and DotNXT;
- Baratang Miya, founder of GirlHype Coders Academy;
- Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa;
- Sashi Hansjee, CEO of Entelect;
- Mixo Ngoveni, founder of Geekculcha;
- Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Dark Fibre Africa and CEO of IoT network Sqwidnet; Yvonne Thobile Mabuza, founder of Elangeni Consulting Services and
- Jaco Maass, Senior Manager ICT at BKB.
The finalists, evaluated by a nine-member industry panel, will undergo face-to-face interviews with the judging panel before the winner is selected. Well-known industry leaders like Prof Helena Barnard of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Neville Willemse, Senior Managing Partner Gartner South Africa, Ulandi Exner, President of IITPSA and Tony Parry, CEO of IITPSA serve on the judging panel.
The winner will be announced at a gala event to be hosted in Johannesburg in early November.
Sbu Shabalala, CEO of AdaptIT, was the IT Personality of the Year in 2016.
IoT.nxt is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and was selected as one of six aspiring innovators in SA ahead of the 2016 Gartner ITXpo and Symposium hosted in Cape Town.