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Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium

If you influence or participate in government technology decisions or implementations at any level, you will find benefit in attending.

Winning Projects Detailed

Even though innovation may not be the first word associated with government, winners of Virginia's 2019 Governor's Technology Awards now tell a different story. Each of 22 winning government projects were honored for their innovative approaches to improving government for the benefit of citizens. A new online feature now details each winning project and includes contact information and photos.

See project details and photos.

COVITS 2019 Photos now available

From the opening address through the award ceremony, COVITS 2019 now is behind us, and it was an event to remember.  Take a look at online event photo albums:

VITA's COVITS Flickr album

eRepublic's COVITS SmugMug album, including downloadable images of all Governor's Technology Award winners

2019 Keynote Speakers


Kelly Swanson

Kelly is an award-winning communication strategist, writer, storyteller, humorist and motivational speaker. She is the author of Who Hijacked My Fairy TaleThe Land of If OnlyThe Story Formula and The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking.

Thurl Bailey

Thurl is an inspirational speaker and retired professional basketball player. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change.


Morgan Wright

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Morgan's landmark testimony before Congress on changed how the government collected personally identifiable information.


Why you should attend

We all take pride in the fact that Virginia and its cities and counties have won numerous digital government awards in recent years. As we progress forward, technology will continue to be at the heart of our ambitious plans for serving Virginians in new and better ways, and we are striving more than ever to embrace innovation and find new ways to get our goals accomplished. Let's use this year's COVITS as a platform to join forces, share ideas and be inspired. The timing couldn't be better. I look forward to seeing you there!"

Keyanna Conner, Ph.D. - Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia

What is COVITS

COVITS is the familiar name for the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium.

COVITS provides a practical glimpse into the future of government IT solutions. Attendees focus on strategic direction. The event features inspiring speakers, relevant breakout sessions and a marketplace of innovative tools. This event now is in its 21st year. It is a valued annual gathering of Virginia's government information technology (IT) leaders.

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