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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

2019 Governor's Technology Award Winning Projects Detailed

Even though innovation may not be the first word associated with government, winners of Virginia's 2019 Governor's Technology Awards tell a different story.  An online feature now details each winning project and includes contact information and photos.

See project details and photos.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Take a Look Back: COVITS 2019 Photos

Remember gathering in person? Take a look back at online event photo albums from 2019:

VITA's COVITS Flickr album

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

Governor's Technology Awards to be Announced at COVITS

The judges have made their assessments of an incredible group of entries for 2019 Governor's Technology Awards, and (shhh!) trophies are on order.

Awards in nine categories will be made at a special ceremony, to close out COVITS 2019. Thanks to all entrants - your work is inspiring.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Entry Deadline Extended

Working on your 2019 Governor's Technology Award entry? You now have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 15 to complete your submission. 

Entrants earn a free pass to COVITS, and winners receive two event passes! Best of luck.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Submission period for Governor's Technology Awards now open

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced entries for the 2019 Governor's Technology Awards are now being accepted.

Awards will be given out in nine categories to recognize state and local government, as well as educational entities. Submissions should focus on improvements in government through the strategic use of IT. All entries must be submitted by a Virginia public body no later than midnight, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

To view the award categories and to find out more, read the full press release here.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Governor Northam Announces Submission Period Opens for Governor's Technology Awards

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor's Technology Awards. For 21 years, Virginia's prestigious Governor's Technology Awards program has recognized public sector information technology (IT) projects that improve government service delivery and efficiency.

"Virginia is committed to using technology to improve the efficiency of government, enhance the quality of service to our citizens, and ensure public dollars are spent effectively," said Governor Northam. "This program allows us to showcase public sector innovation for the benefit of all Virginians."

"I encourage state agencies, counties, cities, towns, K-12 schools, public universities and other public sector entities to submit entries," said Secretary of Administration Dr. Keyanna Conner. "It's important for us to recognize innovative implementation of technology in public programs and by public servants."

Read Governor Northam's complete announcement

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Keynote Speakers Selected

Kelly Swanson 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.

Morgan Wright 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.

For more information visit our schedule page.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Planning for COVITS 2019 Now Underway

The COVITS Advisory Board met in May 2019 and will meet again in June to finalize this year's program, topics, speakers, and complete schedule. All information will be posted online here as released by the board.

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