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September 4-5, 2019 | Greater Richmond Convention Center

2019 Governor's Technology Awards

Virginia's prestigious Governor's Technology Awards (GTA) program

Award Entry Period Now Closed

The entry period for the 2019 Governor's Technology Awards program now is ended, and all received entries are off to the judges. Government IT executives will review and score each entry over the next several weeks.

All entrants will receive a complimentary pass to COVITS 2019. Winners will be notified in mid-August, and will receive two passes. Winners will be announced and honored by Secretary of Administration Keyanna Conner and CIO Nelson Moe at a special COVITS ceremony.

GTA recognizes public sector information technology (IT) projects that improve government service delivery and efficiency.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Administration Keyanna Conner and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe now invite entries to the 2019 awards program.

Awards recognize local, state and educational entities. Submissions should focus on improvements in the business of government through the strategic use of IT.

All entries must be submitted online no later than July 11, 2019. Nominations are then evaluated independently by IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Awards are presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony at COVITS.

  • Cross-boundary Collaboration on IT Service Delivery Initiatives:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to share data easily across boundaries, create a knowledge-sharing culture, support common business processes or promote innovative partnership programs. Entries should be submitted jointly by at least two government entities.
  • IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Citizen:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects that improve citizens' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information, and increase public awareness and adoption of services.
  • IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Business:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency by improving business access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects to improve electronic interaction of businesses with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information, and increase business awareness and adoption of available services.
  • IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Government:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency in government. This category recognizes projects that enable organizations to do more with less. Results realized may include a dollar return on investment, realignment of staff time and/or newly transparent processes/information.
  • Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to solve a business problem at the local level. This category is open to any local government entity, including social services, first responders and geographic information systems (GIS)practitioners.
  • Innovative Use of Technology in Education:  Recognizes the innovative use of IT to support the unique missions of Virginia's schools, colleges and universities. Cooperative projects between educational institutions and other governmental entities, including research and development programs, fall into this category.
  • Innovative Use of Data and Analytics:  Recognizes the innovative use of technology in collecting, storing, retrieving and analyzing a variety of structured and unstructured data sources.
  • Best CybersecurityIinitiative:  Recognizes innovation, leadership and effectiveness in cybersecurity technology services.
  • Best Citizen Portal:  Recognizes the innovative use of an online portal that demonstrates functionality, attractiveness, efficiency and ease of use. Open to any Virginia government organization, agency or jurisdiction that is citizen-facing.

 

Submissions should focus on improvements in the business of government and go beyond a description of a private sector solution to describe the business need that necessitated the project and how the project succeeded, including:

Business proposition: A clear statement of the business problem, its target audience and how the new solution leverages IT tools to solve the problem.

Innovation and technological merit: What tools were used? What makes this solution innovative?

Value: Note quantitative metrics (usage, transaction times, cost savings/avoidance and return on investment) and qualitative benefits (improvements to citizen and/or employee experience, etc.).

Success: How well did the project attain its stated business goals and objectives?  Clearly link the outcome to the business proposition.

  • All entries must be submitted by at least one recognized Virginia public body. Collaborative entries are encouraged. Private sector organizations may help develop an entry for a government partner. However, the entry must be submitted by the government entity and should focus on the government entity's work, including procurement of industry tools. Only government entrants will be recognized as winners.
  • All entered projects must be in use now and have quantifiable outcomes. Subsequent phases may be mentioned, but only the measured success of the live phase is judged.
  • Only one entry per category will be accepted from each governmental entity.
  • The same project may not be submitted in more than one category.
  • Prior Governor's Technology Award winning projects may not be resubmitted
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