Kiwi tech firms Open Source winners

The Kiwi makers of a low-cost 3-D printer and a website that helps people make Official Information Act requests won gongs at the Open Source awards in Wellington.

Auckland companies Diamond Age and Mindkits won the business award for their work creating the DiamondMind 3-D printer.

"Hundreds" of the $2000 printers, which print objects in biodegradable plastic, have been sold online.

Open source project award winner has helped people lodge 2000 OIA requests, the responses to which are published on its website.

Information technology services firm Catalyst picked up the education award for its "Catalyst Academy" summer school that has given more than 100 secondary school students the opportunity to learn to develop open source software.

Internal Affairs won the government award for providing government agencies a platform to build websites using the open source content management system developed by Wellington's Silverstripe - a regular winner at the awards in previous years.

Chief judge and Catalyst director Don Christie told the 160 people at the awards ceremony at Te Papa's Marae that the open source sector was a community.

"We are all friends."

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