CTO of the Year & Tech 25 Awards
Submission Deadline06/07/2019
Description

Now in their fifth year, the CTO of the Year Awards and Tech 25 Awards are being presented together by Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint.

The CTO of the Year Awards
Honor Chief Technology Officers or more broadly, those in the top information technology positions within their organizations (CIO, VP, Director, etc.). These valued individuals play vital roles in making Indianapolis-area businesses, institutions and not-for-profit groups successful. Together with their CEOs, their decisions impact all aspects of the business including their company’s growth, profitability, functionality and competitiveness in the marketplace.

The Tech 25 Awards
Honor a prestigious selection of twenty-five individuals who are critical and exceptional performers helping to grow our community’s tech and tech-enabled companies, but who — not being the CEO or other top executive — don’t get celebrated publicly as often.

Rules

MORE ABOUT THE CTO OF THE YEAR AWARDS
​What are the categories?

  1. Public Company CTO (Category sizes will be developed based on  nominees’ 2018 revenue – there will be at least two categories)
  2. Private Company CTO (Category sizes will be developed based on  nominees’ 2018 revenue – there will be at least two categories)
  3. Not-for-Profit/Government Organization (Category sizes will be developed based on nominees’ 2018 revenue – there will be at least two categories)

How do I nominate someone?
Create a Reviewr Account and complete the CTO of the Year nomination form.

Click here to view a Google Doc version of the complete CTO of the Year nomination form. All nominations must be submitted via the Reviewr platform, but this document is provided for you to collect and organize information from the CTO's team and/or CEO and the nominee herself or himself prior to completing the Reviewr nomination form.

What is the deadline?
June 7, 2019

Can I contact you to make sure my nomination was received?
Yes, you can email pjohns@ibj.com.

When does the special CTO of the Year feature publish?
The honorees and top honorees will be featured in the August 23, 2019 issue of IBJ.

Can I see examples of who's been honored in previous years?
Yes, click here to view previous CTO of the Year features and honorees. Previous top honorees are not eligible for nomination, but honorees may be renominated.

MORE ABOUT THE TECH 25 AWARDS
Executives are invited to nominate one exceptional individual from their organization with a title role below CEO, CFO, COO, CIO or CTO, etc. Only twenty-five individuals will be selected for this year’s Tech 25 Class of 2019.

TechPoint created the Tech 25 Awards to help showcase and celebrate Indiana’s rising tech stars. 

Tech 25 winners represent a wide range of roles within tech companies, such as software developers, financial analysts, marketing directors, and product managers. Winners will be selected from three main role categories, reinforcing the core roles that building product and building revenue play:

Tech Product/R&D
Example job titles and disciplines include: Software Development, Software Engineering, Software Architecture, Security Operations, Product Management, Technical Support, UI/IX Design/Development, Data Science & Analytics

Tech Sales and Marketing
Example job titles and disciplines include: Sales, Business Development, Revenue & Growth Management, Customer/Client Success, Communications, Marketing, Events, Engagement

Tech Professional Services
Example job titles and disciplines include: Human Resources, Finance, Audit & Risk Management, Operations, Project Management, Solutions Consulting, Strategic Planning

Click here to view a Google Doc version of the complete Tech 25 nomination form. All nominations must be submitted via the Reviewr platform, but this document is provided for you to collect and organize information from your management team and the nominee herself or himself prior to completing the Reviewr nomination form.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What are the judges looking for in a Tech 25 nominee?
In addition to being star performers and committed team players, nominees should also be excellent community contributors. The main factors the judges will be looking for are: professional contributions, energy and attitude, and community commitment.

Professional Contributions
Consider the extent of a nominee’s capabilities and professional impact. A nominee’s role(s), skills, and impact should be well articulated. Consideration should also be given to nominees demonstrating abilities to grow and adapt professionally as well as to make others around them better and more capable.

Energy & Attitude
In addition to considering what a nominee has contributed professionally, look for references to how the nominee conducts herself or himself. Exceptional candidates achieve great things while maintaining great energy and attitude that positively impact and inspire those around her/him to do the same. Look for explanation in the nomination of what really makes a nominee an outstanding individual.

Community Commitment 
Consider a nominee’s commitment to and impact outside the workplace. Look for compelling commitment to and impact on the tech community, civic community, family, schools, nonprofit organizations, etc. Exceptional nominees will have at least one “passion project” that makes an impact bigger than self.

The nomination deadline is Friday, June 7, 2019. Nominations for the Tech 25 Awards must be submitted by a company executive, and only one nomination from an organization will be considered for the Tech 25 Awards.

A panel of independent judges, including past winners, will review applications and select this year’s class. The Tech 25 Class of 2019 will be announced publicly on August 22 on TechPoint Index. Visit the Tech 25 Awards page at TechPoint.org to view the Tech 25 Classes from 2016, 2017 and 2018 and to start thinking about who your company wants to nominate before the deadline on June 7, 2019.

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