AFCEA Bethesda Seeks Nominees for 10th Annual InnovateIT Awards

Kavita Kalatur, NetImpact Strategies

The Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association has opened nominations for the 10th Annual InnovateIT Awards: Recognizing the Best in Governmentwide InITiatives.

The awards honor those whose contributions in information technology have significance beyond their organizations. The contributions represent achievements that advance business and citizen interaction, leading to improved effectiveness and cost-savings. These leaders help meet national priorities and serve as a model of excellence across government.

“Innovation in IT gives our government the ability to meet mission needs more effectively,” NetImpact Strategies President and Award Program for AFCEA Bethesda Vice President Kavita Kalatur said. “This year’s InnovateIT Awards will recognize the leaders, innovators, pioneers, trailblazers and the forerunners who are doing their part to use IT to drive mission value within the federal government.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at midnight.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Leadership Award Categories

  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Civilian — The highest civilian government award is presented to the civilian government leader who has exemplified outstanding management to achieve efficiencies, effectiveness and provide leadership to spearhead IT initiatives that have delivered extraordinary results for our citizens.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Department of Defense — The highest DOD government achievement award is presented to the DOD government leader who has exemplified outstanding management to achieve efficiencies, effectiveness and provide leadership to spearhead IT initiatives that have delivered extraordinary results for our citizens.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Citizen — The highest citizen recognition award is presented to the industry or government citizen who has exemplified outstanding dedication for the betterment of the federal IT community.
  • Emerging Leader of the Year: Government — This government leadership award is presented to the government employee who demonstrates enthusiasm to learn and develop their own leadership credentials and is innovative in thought process and action. Government employees who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger are eligible to compete for this award.
  • Emerging Leader of the Year: Industry — This industry leadership award will be presented to the member of the federal IT contracting community who demonstrates enthusiasm to learn and develop their own leadership credentials and is innovative in thought process and action. Federal IT vendor employees who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger are eligible to compete for this award.

Innovation Ecosystem Award Categories

  • Technology Trailblazer — Recognizes an individual or a team that uses emerging technology to address mission needs. Examples include, but are not limited to: 3-D printing, internet of things, and cognitive computing.
  • Mission Excellence Enabler — Recognizes a person or a team on the program side that has partnered with IT to drive mission value or to solve a mission challenge in a creative manner. Examples include, but are not limited to: digital government, energy and the environment, geospatial, big data and health IT.
  • Data Dynamo — Recognizes an individual or a team that has advanced creative approaches for more efficient and effective use of data in solving mission challenges. Examples include, but are not limited to: data driven decision-making, using data to proactively identify problems, and data driven applications.
  • Workforce Development Trendsetter — Recognizes an individual or a team that has advanced creative approaches for strategic workforce planning as well as innovative training and development programs that have resulted in a more engaged and prepared IT workforce. Examples include, but are not limited to: creative workforce training, better workforce engagement and leadership development programs.
  • Security Forerunner — Recognizes an individual or a team that has adopted innovative techniques to combat security threats and put in place more effective defensive techniques. Examples include, but are not limited to: financial security, fraud detection and cybersecurity.

Award recipients will be selected by a committee of current and former AFCEA Bethesda Chapter board members and executive steering committee members. Winners will be announced June 1, 2017, at a luncheon at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Click here to learn more about the awards programs or to submit a nomination.

Related: AFCEA Bethesda 9th Annual InnovateIT Awards Luncheon, June 1, 2016

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