The GCN dig IT Awards: Deadline extended to July 21

The GCN dig IT Awards: Deadline extended to July 21

You have one more week to make your nominations for the GCN dig IT Awards -- so please help us showcase the best examples of discovery and innovation in government IT!

That discovery and innovation can rest in a new technology itself, or in a creative solution that leverages fairly ordinary off-the-shelf technology in unexpected and effective ways.   So cutting-edge robotics or advanced machine learning could certainly be award-worthy, but so could a radically redesigned mobile site for delivering citizen services. What really matters is the impact -- proven or potential -- that a given project can have on critical government missions.

So if you're working on a transformative IT project that is truly changing government -- or know of one in the works elsewhere -- please take a few moments to help get it the attention it deserves.  

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

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

There is 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!

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 21.  Winners will honored this fall in the pages of GCN and in person at the GCN dig IT Awards Gala.

And if you're still not 100 percent sure what a winning project looks like -- or how to craft a compelling nomination -- GCN has put together a brief webcast about the dig IT Awards.   Tune in for a few minutes, and we think you'll come away with a much better sense what a winning project might look like.

So watch the webcast.   Submit your nominations by July 21.   Then mark your calendars for the Oct. 13 awards gala!

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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