8 November 2017

Visionary leadership that drives business transformation and innovation in the South African IT industry will be celebrated tonight at the annual award event of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA).

IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn, is in the select company of executives from leading companies in the industry as a nominee for the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award. The award recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year and a significant contribution to the IT profession.

“The variety of companies and industries represented through the nominees is testament to the vibrancy of the IT and broader technology industry in South Africa and shows that the country is at the level, and in some instances ahead, of international counterparts. IoT.nxt has achieved incredible growth since its establishment at the end of 2015 and the nomination for Nico Steyn is validation of the impact the company has had in Internet of Things technology and strategy,” 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 were evaluated by a nine-member industry panel to select the winner. 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 served on the judging panel.

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.

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Daleen van Wyk

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Email: daleen.vanwyk@iotnxt.com