The 2016 GCN dig IT Awards: Make your nominations today!

The 2016 GCN dig IT Awards: Make your nominations today!

Government doesn't get enough credit for its IT innovation.   With the 2016 dig IT Awards, GCN is trying to change that -- and we need your help.

Yes, there are still eight-inch floppy disks and Fortran code in use at some agencies.  But when it comes to cybersecurity, big data, robotics and a host of other areas, government agencies and government-funded research are often leading the charge.  And at all levels of government, there are creative applications of mobile, cloud and cutting-edge infrastructure that would be best of breed in any sector. 

These awards aren't new: For 28 years, the GCN Awards have showcased general excellence in government IT.  But the renamed dig IT Awards sharpen that focus to showcase what matters most: transformative tech that is truly reinventing government.  (The “dig IT” stands for Discovery and Innovation in Government IT.)

The nomination deadline for this year have been extended to July 21; great government IT projects can be submitted in one or more of the following categories:

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

The innovation can rest in a new technology itself, or in the ways established tech is being blended 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!

So 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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