2021 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards + Tech Showcase



This is not a TLA-sponsored event. Toward a stronger ecosystem, we are sharing it on behalf of the Arizona Tech Council.

Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Avnet, honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state with the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards.

This year marks the 18th year of this prestigious, black-tie event that attracts more than 850 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. The event will consist of a strolling dinner and Tech Showcase followed by a theatre-style awards program. Companies featured at the Tech Showcase consist of award finalists, sponsors and Council partners. 

• MSS Business Transformation Leader of the Year Award
• Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award
• Innovator of the Year Award – Large Company
• Innovator of the Year Award – Small Company
• Innovator of the Year Award – Startup
• Benchmark Innovator of the Year – Academia Award

AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award:
The AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual or individuals who have greatly impacted the technology industry here in Arizona. Please nominate a person or people you would like to see honored in 2021. The nominations are now opened and you can nominate by VISITING HERE. Finalists for the award will be announced on Monday, August 16.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Tech Showcase | Networking | Strolling Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 PM Award Presentations
8:00 – 8:30 PM Networking + Tech Showcase

GCOI Tickets:
To purchase tickets for the October 13 event VISIT HERE.
Early Bird Tickets on sale through Friday, September 3.
– AZTC Members: $100 (EB Ticket) | Non-AZTC Members: $125 (EB Ticket)
– AZTC Member Group of 10: $900 (EB Ticket) | Non-AZTC Member Group of 10: $1,000 (EB Ticket)

Sponsorship Opportunities:
GCOI sponsorship packages range in price from $2,500 – $25,000.
Contact events@aztechcouncil.org for more information.

About the Tech Showcase:
Arizona is emerging as one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the nation. Arizona may be a young state, but it is the grit and personality of the local technology companies and vendors that set it apart. There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest tech challenges. Featuring award finalists, sponsors and partners, the Tech Showcase will include over 50 companies showcasing their innovations, culture and future here in Arizona. Bring your staff and colleagues to experience and enjoy Arizona’s exciting the tech community.

Tech Showcase exhibitors are encouraged to show off their company culture and creativity through fun, interactive activities. Some ideas include:
• Cornhole
• Virtual reality
• Putting green
• Life-size board games like Jenga or Connect Four
• Prize wheel
• Drone racing
• Video games
• Dance Dance Revolution

Tucson attendees:
Interested in learning about transportation from Tucson to the 2021 GCOI event? Please contact Jamie Neilson at jneilson@aztechcouncil.org for more information.


4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021

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