A Waikato technologist, David Hallett, who with his business partner, established a Silicon Valley level company in the Waikato, is a finalist in the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, in the IBM Most Inspiring Individual Award category with the winner to be announced on May 24.

Other finalists in the category include Rocket Lab chief executive and technology officer Peter Beck, Xero managing director Craig Hudson, and Spark managing director Simon Moutter.

Mr Hallett, along with his business partner Jeremy Hughes, founded software specialist Company-X in Hamilton in 2012, and started their vision to push the Waikato to the front of