IT Rockstar 2009

Posted by Unlimited Potential on 04/06/09
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IT Rockstar 2009

(Event presented and managed by Ninetwenty)

IT Rockstar is back, and better than ever! With 2008 winner Adam Brown having lived it up in Vegas, its time to find New Zealand’s IT Rockstar of 2009!

Does a $10,000 trip sound good to you?!  Or $1,000 cash for nominating an IT geek?!  It could all be yours!

Nominations are currently open online and already over 20 people have registered to compete for the title of IT Rockstar of 2009.

To be involved in the competition a potential IT Rockstar can be nominated or nominate themselves. The criteria is simple: if you think you have what it takes to be the IT Rockstar of 2009, then enter! You could have developed a snappy piece of code, fixed a nasty bug that no one else could fix or delivered a multi-million dollar project on time and on budget to be in the running for the big prize!

The top 10 nominations will be announced after registration closes on 22 May 09, then it will be up to you and your friends, colleagues, and family to vote for the best nominee.

Check out the racy viral video here: http://www.itrockstar.co.nz/#tvc (warning: some scenes may offend!)

Submissions close 22nd of May so don’t miss out: nominate someone today!

Grand Finale

The competition will culminate in the Grand Finale on 4 June 2009 at the Loaded Hog Ballroom in Wellington - where the title of IT Rockstar 2009 will be presented.

Date: Thursday 4th June 2009
Time: 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Loaded Hog Ballroom in Wellington
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Note: This is an 18+ event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian



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By Sarah Lock

The red carpet was out, the stars were shining and Nathan from 920 was greeting people at the door in a skirt. OK, so it was a kilt as part of a rather outstanding Axel Rose outfit, so we can’t judge. The Ballroom at the Loaded Hog proved to be a great venue for the IT party of the year with local band Uncle Monkey warming the crowd before the competition began.

Finalists Garth Davis (co-founder of digirama), Josh Waihi (Drupal campaigner by night and Catalyst employee by day), Aaron Bird (multi-tasker, infrastructure champion and UP member), Catherine Parker (miracle worker and the only female finalist), and Chris Corke (the golden oldie) battled it out on the night. Fifth finalist Bradley Owen was the loser-by-default on account of sending a representative while he sunned himself in Port Douglas although, as competition judge Brett Roberts noted, he was perhaps the most “rockstar” of all the contestants as he couldn’t even be f****d showing up.

During the multifaceted talent event finalists were asked a series of crucial life changing questions, bringing to mind a Miss Universe pageant with added brains and personality. When asked “what did you want to be when you grew up?”, Davis scored points for his answer: “a helicopter”. Parker displayed her intelligence with the demonstration of a scientific and mathematical comparison when asked “why is IT sexy?”, which brought a tear to the eye of judge Brett Roberts, although he pinned blame on his wine indulgence.

After a short break and some great prizes the next challenge began. Turning their focus to hardware, contenders took to monitors with a sledge hammer before repairing them with that fix-all product, cellotape. The crowd watched in envy as everyone’s dream took place in front of them: guitar smashing had nothing on this! In an OSH nightmare, safety goggles were forgotten by Parker and blood was shed by Waihi. In a detrimental move, Waihi soon repaired his gash with a band aid, later to be berated by judge Roberts who told him to “harden the f**k up”. Waihi however did give the most impressive performance: ditching the sledge hammer (which had been broken by Aaron) and using WWF-style muscle and gravity to get the job done.

A final question round lead to the bonus question: “what would you say to a guitar player to get them into IT?” Contestants made IT sound cool with answers highlighting the sex appeal of the industry and it’s the ability to change people’s lives.

Mosh moves were next, which in turn displayed why some of IT’s sex appeal went out the window after a few drinks, but Waihi’s choreographed moves to his requested song shone through.

In the end Waihi took out the grand title and $10,000 prize which will take him to the Drupal Conference < http://paris2009.drupalcon.org/ > in Paris this September.

Overall, the night proved that IT really does have rockstar appeal and with more rocking events like this NZ’s world domination of the hottest industry-du-jour will be a cinch. Thanks Megan and the 920 team for organising such an awesome night and for being such awesome sponsors, and judges Rhonda Holmes, Scott Green, Brett Roberts and Mauricio Freitas. Past winner Adam Brown was meant to be there, but in true rock’n roll fashion was MIA. All-in-all it was a fun night which proves that IT really is “bringing sexy back”.

Check out Josh talking about his win on TV One’s Breakfast here < http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/breakfast-friday-4-june-2769580/video?vid=2769728 >

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