For 15 years, the prestigious Governor’s Technology Awards (GTA) program has recognized the success of public sector information technology (IT) projects which have improved government service delivery and efficiency. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon officially invite entries to the 2012 awards program in recognition of this important work.
Entries by Virginia public bodies should be submitted by August 2, 2012. Awards will be presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on Sept. 6-7. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of judges including IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Executive summaries of winning entries will be posted online to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.
The 2012 Governor’s Technology Awards categories are:
- Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Initiatives: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to create strategies that share data easily across boundaries, creates knowledge-sharing cultures, provides IT solutions that support common business processes, or promotes 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 promote efficiency by improving citizen access to and service from governmental entities of any type. This category includes strategies used to improve citizens’ electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information, and increase public awareness and adoption of available 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 of any type. This category includes strategies used to improve business’ electronic interaction 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 promotes the projects which were able to do more with less. Results realized may include a dollar return on investment, realignment of staff time, newly transparent processes/information or all three.
- Innovative Use of Technology in Economic Development: Recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote and further economic development in the area served by the submitting government(s).
- 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 and first responders as well as county, city, and town governments.
- 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 institutions and other governmental entities, including research and development programs, also fall into this category.
- Innovative Commercialization of Technology Research: Recognizes an innovative approach to converting ideas, research or prototypes into viable commercial products or services. Preference will be given to commercialization of university and/or public sector research. Note: This is the only award category that is open to both public and private sector entries.
- Innovative Application of Modeling and Simulation Techniques: Recognizes excellence in the use of modeling and simulation to solve real world problems or capture emerging opportunities. The winning entry must be in use or have already been implemented and have demonstrable results. Preference will be given to those projects/applications capable of demonstrating efficiencies/cost-savings resulting from the project.
- Cross-Boundary Collaboration on Modeling and Simulation Initiatives: Recognizes outstanding modeling-simulation collaborations to solve real world challenges. Submissions must represent “application development” between one or more entities (universities, non-profits, private sector) that will ultimately (or currently) provide solutions to existing challenges or opportunities. Preference will be given to cross-discipline projects and those involving multiple partners.
Deadline and Submission: All entries must be received via the online submission form by August 2, 2012. Hard copies of materials are not accepted.