2022 Golden GOVIT Awards Nomination Guide

Nominations are now closed.

NOTE:  The online submission form automatically closes at 11:59 CST on November 4th and technical support is only available until 4:00 pm that day. Please plan accordingly. NOMINATIONS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE OR RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

What are the Golden GOVIT Awards?
The Golden GOVIT Awards recognize government agencies and other public sector institutions that have advanced government technology through collaboration, innovation, service and individual leadership.

How are the awards connected to the Government IT Symposium?
The Government IT Symposium provides a natural forum to feature and celebrate the products, services, systems, solutions and individuals that improve government IT services and benefit citizens. 2022 recipients will announced during the Symposium on December 8th, and all nominees will be honored at an awards reception immediately following. In addition, there will be a dedicated space and scheduled times throughout the Symposium for nominees to discuss their projects/initiatives to attendees.

What are the Award Categories & Criteria?
There will be one award recipient selected from each of the following categories. The award recipients will have demonstrated excellence and impact in:

  • Collaboration – A joint effort between two or more government agencies, two or more departments within a single agency, or between government agencies and private firms/non-profit organizations that use shared resources to create a new product or program, resulting in improved service delivery to individuals, families and/or communities.
  • Innovation – A product, program or service that disrupts the current status quo and meets these three criteria: Novelty: the degree of newness and uniqueness; Impact: the magnitude and scope of improvement to government efficiency and effectiveness; Replicability: the potential for replication in other government bodies or sectors.
  • Service – The delivery of digital information and transactional services that makes a difference in the lives of citizens. Nominations should meet these criteria: a strong focus on the end-user’s accessibility and experience, a high level of citizen engagement, incorporation of the technologies used by today’s citizens, and timely, informative content.
  • Individual Leader – An individual who champions and implements innovation, inspires collaboration, is focused on improving service, and demonstrates a personal commitment to advancing the professional and career development of him/herself as well as others in their agency.


Note:  All projects nominated must have been implemented (or in beta stage) within the last two years of the submission deadline.  

Who can be nominated for these awards?
An agency or individual can nominate themselves or they can be nominated by an internal or external source that has direct knowledge and experience with the nominee. All nominees must be employed by federal, regional or state agencies, counties, cities/townships, or state colleges/universities.

Note: The Golden GOVIT Award Subcommittee has the right to limit the amount of nominations that get passed through for peer reviewing.

How are award recipients selected?
The top four nominations in each category (finalists) will be presented on the Government IT Symposium event app and the Symposium website. Individuals who are registered to attend the Symposium will receive an invitation and instructions to review the posted nominations, hear more from the nominees during the event, and vote for their top choices in each category (individuals will only be able to vote once in each category). Nominees receiving the highest number of votes in each category will be the award recipients. In the event of a tie score, Fusion Learning Partners (the host of the Symposium) will make the final selection.

How are award recipients notified?
Award recipients will be announced at the Golden GOVIT Awards Ceremony, which takes place December 8th during the Government IT Symposium. An awards reception will take place immediately following.  All nominees should plan to attend the ceremony and reception.

How are nominees recognized?
All nominees will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Each agency or individual will receive one complimentary two-day registration to the Government IT Symposium (one registration per nomination).
  • All nominees will be featured on the Government IT Symposium app and website during the voting period.
  • All nominees will be asked to participate in an interview session during scheduled exhibitor break times during the Government IT Symposium (December 7th & 8th ).
  • All nominees will be recognized at the Government IT Symposium networking reception/awards ceremony on December 8th, from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The following information will be requested on the online submission form. It is highly recommended that nomination information is created in another document and cut and pasted into the online submission form:

  • Award category, title of project (or name of the individual leader), agency, contact information for the nominator and nominee, project implementation date
  • Summary (100 words or less) – a high level overview of the project (or the individual leader)
  • Narrative (500 words or less) – for projects, include the concept, process, significance and impact (how it demonstrates excellence and meets the criteria); for individual leaders, describe how he/she meets the criteria. Nominations may include URLs of public-facing, project-specific sites. Additional materials or attachments will not be accepted.
  • Photos, bios and professional social media handles (if applicable) of nominees

When and how do we submit nominations?
All nominations must be sent through the online submission form. Once you submit your nomination, a confirmation will be sent to you via email. No revisions to nominations once submitted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on October 28th.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Chad Kummerow, Microsoft
Dave Andrews, DEED
Glen Gilbertson, Hennpin County
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Hallmentum
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation

Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Corey Tramm, Sourcewell Tech
Joel Pingel, Google
Jennifer Marik, AWS
Jason Greninger, City of Rogers