On February 5, 2015, more than 800 government and industry IT attendees voted for their favorite technological innovation at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. From the original pool of more than 100 contestants, Data.gov was selected as one of the top eight finalists during the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s (ACT-IAC) 2015 Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards. The recognition and award program honors the leading solutions, tools, services and programs developed by government and industry leaders to address government’s biggest IT challenges.
The top 30 finalists demonstrated their latest achievements in a science fair-style exhibition as attendees voted for their top choices. Data.gov’s groundbreaking work to increase the public’s ability to easily find, download, and use open government datasets secured a place in the top eight.
Keynote speaker, Federal CTO Megan Smith, recognized and congratulated all of the Igniting Innovation finalists for effectively demonstrating how government and industry are employing technologies such as reuse, open data and agile development to help agencies meet their unique mission requirements.
Andy Robinson, ICF International and Institute for Innovation Chair stated, “Our finalists demonstrated some of the exciting results agencies are achieving, yet it’s only a sample of what can be accomplished by using technologies such as cloud services, big data and shared services to improve citizen services, speed governmental functions and protect our citizens and the homeland.”