Recognizing the best in government IT

Too often, government gets bad-mouthed for its legacy systems, cyber shortcomings and trailing-edge approach to technology in general.  There's room for improvement to be sure, but the public sector produces some tremendous innovations that almost never get the attention they deserve. 

GCN aims to change that -- but we need your help. 

For 28 years, the GCN's awards have showcased general excellence in government IT.  Now, with the dig IT Awards, we've sharpened the focus to showcase the truly transformative tech that is helping to reinvent government. ("dig IT" stands for Discovery and Innovation in Government IT.)

The 2016 awards celebrate innovative tech projects -- and the pioneering government IT professionals who are driving them forward -- in five distinct areas:

  • 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 leveraged to make government function better.  (In other words, the IT doesn't have to be fresh out the lab to be award-worthy; creativity and potential impact are what matter.)

Convergence is often a critical part of the most innovative projects, so nominations can be submitted in multiple categories as appropriate. And there's also 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 if you know of great work being done at the federal, state or local levels, please make sure our judges know about them too.  Nominations are being accepted until July 21. 

So click here to submit your nomination today! Or to learn more, go to GCN.com/digIT.

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 NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com 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, WashingtonPost.com, 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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