GCN Awards

GCN opens nominations for 2015 GCN Awards

GCN starts its annual search today for outstanding federal, state and local government IT projects that have made a significant impact on agency performance and returned real value to agency IT managers and the wider public.

The GCN Awards represent an opportunity for agencies and the IT industry to recognize the work and commitment of agency teams, including the contribution of specialists and staffers who often make the difference between a project that just meets its marks and those with outstanding originality, value and productivity.

Over the next eight weeks, GCN will be accepting nominations for 2015 GCN Awards from those in government and industry who can make a best case for projects that were built with these goals in mind.

An explanation of the criteria for judging, as well as some tips on how to compose a GCN Award nomination that meets those marks, are available here.

The nomination window will close on Friday, May 22. From the pool of nominations submitted, a team of GCN editors will choose  project finalists to send on to a panel of judges from federal, state and local government IT communities and representatives from industry.

The judges are looking to identity projects that exhibit innovation in the uses of IT to develop original systems, the willingness to address significant IT challenges and returned value to agencies and the public.

In submitting your nomination, please follow these basic guidelines:

Be as specific as possible in naming or identifying the project nominated as well as the core team members responsible for its success. Please limit the number of individuals to 10.

The judges will be looking for projects that rise above the norm in several areas, including:

  • The scale of the challenge taken on by the team.
  • The originality of the technology solution -- whether it breaks new ground in the use of tools or approach to problem solving.
  • The collaborative skills the team has shown in efficiently developing a solution or building a system.
  • The impact of the project or solution on the public purse and the public’s experience of government services.
  • The extent to which the project is replicable or could serve as a model for other office, agencies or departments. 
  • The productivity of the team given its size and how long it took to provide deliverables. 

Judges will meet in early August to choose 10 projects from the list of  finalists they believe deserve recognition.  Ten additional agency projects will be chosen as deserving honorable mentions for their merit.

Timeline

June 5: Nominations close.

Mid-August: GCN Award winners announced.

Mid-October: GCN Award Gala.

If you have  questions, please contact Paul McCloskey, pmccloskey@gcn.com.

About the Author

Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.

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