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2017 dig IT Awards

Announcing the dig IT Award finalists

GCN's dig IT Awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT -- the cutting-edge technology and creative implementations that are supporting critical missions in the public sector.  Today we are pleased to announce our 2017 finalists, chosen from nearly 200 nominees across all levels of government.

There are five categories -- Cybersecurity; Cloud and Infrastructure; Data, Analytics and Visualization; Mobile; and Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems -- each with five finalists.   All 25 projects below will be profiled in GCN and on, and honored in person at the GCN dig IT Awards Gala on Oct. 19 at the Hilton in Tysons Corner, Va.   The overall winner in each category, as selected by our judging panel of top government IT innovators, will be announced at the awards gala.

So look for more about each of these projects in the coming weeks -- and today, please join us in congratulating all the 2017 dig IT Award finalists:


APE: Novel Intrusion Prevention for Android
Department of Homeland Security

Baseline Tailor
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce

Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program

Derived PIV Credentials for Mobile Devices
Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS

Security Accreditation in the C2S Isolated Cloud Region
Intelligence Community

Cloud and Infrastructure

CNIC N9 GovCloud
Fleet and Family Readiness Division, Navy
18F, General Services Administration

NASA Image and Video Library

DOT Network Modernization
Department of Transportation

Hybrid Networks for Remote Offices
Department of Interior

Data, Analytics and Visualization

FEMA Hurricane Journal

Fraud and Analytics Platform
Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services

Operating and Support Management Information System
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics, Army

Self-Service Data Sharing and Visualization
Ohio Department of Administrative Services

U.S. Electric System Operating Data Tool
Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy


Access to Care
Department of Veterans Affairs

Caltrans QuickMap
California Department of Transportation

Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation (ETHAN) Project
Houston Fire Department, Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Firearms, Armor, and Credentials Tracking System (FACTS) Project
Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS

Plant Inspections Mobile Application
New York State Office of Information Technology Services, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems

Fast Lightweight Autonomy and Service Academies Swarm Challenge Program
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense

Process Robotics

Sea Hunter

Semi Autonomous Top Layer Technology
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Army

UAS Program Development
City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.

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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