The GCN dig IT Awards: A call for nominations

The GCN dig IT Awards: A call for nominations

We have the government to thank for the Internet, GPS and unmanned aerial systems.  Much of the machine learning and advanced analytics powering the data-driven economy are made possible by government-funded research.  And agencies themselves are being transformed by new technologies and innovative ways to weave IT into critical missions.

Public-sector tech, in other words, can be pretty darn cool.  And GCN wants to celebrate that.

For 28 years, the GCN Awards have showcased general excellence in government IT.  Now, with the dig IT Awards, we are sharpening the focus to showcase what matters most: transformative tech that is truly reinventing government. ("dig IT" stands for Discovery and Innovation in Government IT.)

The 2016 awards will celebrate leading-edge technologies and the pioneering IT professionals who are driving them forward in five distinct areas of government IT:

  • Big Data, Analytics & Visualization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud & Infrastructure
  • Mobile
  • Robotics and Unmanned Systems

The innovation can rest in a new technology itself or in the ways established tech is being leveraged to make government function better. Nominations can be submitted in multiple categories, as appropriate, as convergence is often critical to the mission.  And there will also be a sixth award -- a wild card of sorts, for the disruptive technologies that are emerging so quickly they don't fit into any of the categories above!

Nominations will be accepted from now through July 21.  Winners will honored this fall in the pages of GCN and in person at the Oct. 13 GCN dig IT Awards Gala.

Click here to submit your nomination today. Or to learn more about the 2016 GCN dig IT Awards, go to

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of, Schneider also helped launch the political site in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times,, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


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