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By Nick Wakeman

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Nominations open for 2021 Industry Innovator Awards

It’s been a year like no other with closures and stay-at-home orders, but the business of government has marched on and so has the innovation engine fueled by government contractors.

So here is an opportunity to brag about the innovations you have brought to the market. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Industry Innovators Awards that recognize and celebrate the vital role government contractors play in the public sector IT community.

Any company supporting the public sector is eligible for a 2021 Industry Innovator award. Nominees will be judged based on their contributions and leadership in the government market over the past year.

We are looking for examples of what industry has done to bring innovation to their government customers. We aren’t looking for work on a specific project, but instead seeking examples of how you have developed a technology solution or offering that meets a customer need in a new and unique way.

Winners will be selected on three core criteria:

  • Tangible evidence of efforts driving innovation in this space. That includes but is not limited to internal investments, acquisitions, partnerships or alliances, relevant patents and key contract wins.
  • The innovative solution itself -- both the technology involved and how the company is leveraging it.
  • Mission impact: problems or challenges that government customers need to solve, and how this innovative company is helping to address those challenges.

The form calls out several specific technology areas -- artificial intelligence, analytics and automation, cybersecurity, cloud and infrastructure, digital transformation, Internet of Things and smart cities, and unmanned systems.

But your company’s work can be in any corner of government IT. The focus should be on how your solution serves your customer and addresses a need.

This awards program is part of broader effort by Washington Technology and our sibling publications FCW, GCN and Defense Systems to recognize and celebrate innovations that are occurring across the government market.

Nominations are due July 2. The deadline will be here before you know it, so start working on your submission now.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM


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