2020 InnovateIT Awards

True leaders understand the necessity of innovation to remain relevant.  AFCEA Bethesda’s InnovateIT Awards program recognizes those in the federal civilian space who combine leadership with innovation to achieve tangible results. The 2020 InnovateIT Awards program will recognize leaders who exhibit qualities of successful leadership across the following areas:

1) Security: Advanced approaches to cybersecurity challenges, including improving agency security operations centers, utilizing data-driven approaches to cybersecurity, and successfully balancing citizen services with enterprise security needs.

2) Automation: Leveraging data to deliver on mission, serve customers and steward resources, and harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve services and increase effectiveness.

3) Modernization: Innovative and comprehensive modernization strategy, including leveraging low-risk approaches to IT modernization and successful digital transformation.
 

Individual awards in each of the above categories will be given to a government leader or government team exemplifying excellence in a specific area. An Emerging Leader* Award will also be given to a government leader 40 years old or under, and can be based on success in a single area or across multiple areas. Additionally, the program will recognize the Government Innovation Leader of the Year and the Industry Innovation Leader of the Year -- two individuals who have exemplified outstanding management to drive forward innovative initiatives that advance the mission of their organizations or the state of federal IT. 

*Please note: As defined by AFCEA International, an emerging leader is defined as a government employee who is either new to the field with up to five years of experience, or is 40 years of age or younger.

Award Categories

Government Innovation Leader of the Year (Individual)

Describe how the government leader used innovation to advance his/her agency’s mission, specifically in regards to one or more of the three award areas – security, automation, modernization.

Industry Innovation Leader of the Year (Individual)

Describe how the industry leader used innovation to advance his/her government customer’s mission, specifically in regards to one or more of the three award areas – security, automation, modernization.

Emerging Government Leader Award (Individual)

Note: Nominee must be 40 years of age or younger at time of nomination

Describe how the emerging government leader provided leadership on a project promoting innovation in one or more of the three award areas – security, automation, modernization.

Security Innovation Leader - Government (Individual or Team)

Describe how the Government Leader or Team optimized his/her agency’s operation maturity or implemented workforce strategies to support data-driven cyber initiatives or achieved digital transformation while securely providing innovative citizen services.

Automation Innovation Leader - Government (Individual or Team)

Describe how the Government Leader or Team leveraged actionable data to enable automation or used AI/ML to improve mission delivery across their agency.

Modernization Innovation Leader - Government (Individual or Team)

Describe how the Government Leader or Team utilized emerging technologies or approaches (such as Cloud, DevOps, Low-code) to achieve modernization. agency.

Submission Criteria

Nominations will be only accepted for representatives of civilian agencies. Nominations should be related to a specific innovative initiative or group of initiatives. Be specific - Include as many details about the nominee’s accomplishments as possible including size of team led, percentage of budget saved, timelines implemented, etc.

Award submissions must include the following information:

  • INNOVATION - Describe the challenge the nominee addressed and the innovation used to address the challenge. Include the individual or team's specific contributions to the project. (Limit to 2,000 characters with spaces.)
  • IMPACT & APPLICABILITY - Describe the specific results of the effort and/or the benefit(s) derived from the result. Include metrics used to measure success. (Limit to 1,500 characters with spaces.)
  • List websites, video links, media, awards or any other information you would like the judges to consider. 

Click the button below to submit a nomination. Nominations will close on Friday, July 10th at 11:59 PM.

Awards will be presented at the Senior Government Executive Forum on September 3rd.