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Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

Presented by Avnet, Inc.

GCOI_web-banner_180x180The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is the Arizona Technology Council’s (AZTC) annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state. The event attracts more than 1,000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2015 marks the 12th year of this prestigious event.  For 2015, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program followed by specialty desserts and live music after the awards. The event will also feature the Technology Showcase of over 50 Arizona companies exhibiting.  These companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners.

GCOI will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

4:00 – 5:30 PM – Technology Showcase/Strolling Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 PM – Award Presentations
7:00 – 8:00 PM – After Party/Band/Networking/Dessert

GCOI Tickets:
Tickets for the 2015 GCOI event are currently available.
 – AZTC Member Ticket: $150
 – Non-AZTC Member Ticket: $200
 – Group of Ten Tickets, AZTC Member Group: $1,250
 – Group of Ten Tickets, Non-AZTC Member Early Bird Group: $1,750

OneNeck IT Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award:
 The AZTC and ACA are proud to announce that Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University has been chosen by a live vote as the 2015 OneNeck IT Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award winner.  Mr. Crow will be honored live at the event on Thursday, November 12th.

2015 Award Finalists  (The winners will be announced live on Thursday, November 12th):
Academia Award:
• ASU – Sanford Inspire Program, Phoenix
• Tech Launch Arizona, Tucson
• U of A – Virtual e-Hospital (IVeH) Foundation, Tucson
Small Company Award:
• CellTrust Corporation, Scottsdale
• Digital Air Strike, Scottsdale
• Guardvant, Inc., Tucson
Start-Up Company Award:
• Eco 3D, LLC, Phoenix
• EndoVantage, LLC, Scottsdale
• SinfoníaRx, Tucson

Award Winners: (These winners will be honored live on Thursday, November 12th):
Ed Denison Award:
• Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike, Scottsdale
Large Company Award:
• Medtronic Tempe Campus, Tempe
William McWhortor Award:
• Thomas Curzon, Phoenix
Pioneering Award:
• Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson
Judges Award:
• ASU Biodesign Institute – Zmapp, Tempe

The “Future Innovators” and “Teacher of the Year” award winners will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee independent of the Council including members of the Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations (ACESA). ACESA supports, promotes and coordinates programs and activities of the engineering and science associations within the state of Arizona through facilitated communication and leadership.

Dr. Paul McElligott, Fountain Hills High School, Fountain Hills, AZ

Christine Sapio, Coconino High School, Flagstaff, AZ
Pradip C Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad, AZ

Alex Rossi, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ
Claire Thai, Thai Homeschool, Tucson, AZ
Jeremiah Pate, BASIS Oro Valley, Oro Valley, AZ
Rebecca Jernigan, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ

Akshata Rudrapatna, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Ritika Bharati, Hamilton High School, Chandler

Sponsorship Available:
Sponsorship packages for the 2015 GCOI event are now available.  Sponsorship packages range in price from $2,500 – $25,000.  Please email for 2015 sponsorship information.

2015 Event Sponsors:

Avnet, Inc. – Presenting Sponsor

Arizona Commerce Authority – Partner Sponsor

Honeywell – Future Innovators of the Year Sponsor

Insight – Teacher of the Year Sponsor

American Express – Innovator of the Year, Academia Award Sponsor

OneNeck IT Solutions – Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor

OnTop Technology – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

Advanced Individual Medicine – Partner Showcase Sponsor

Perkins Coie – Partner Showcase Sponsor

Osborn Maledon – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

ATOMdesign – Design Sponsor

KPMG – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

Hitachi Data Systems – Partner Showcase Sponsor

Infusionsoft – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite – Award Sponsor

Alerion Capital Group – Partner Sponsor

Prism Global Marketing Solutions – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

Veeam – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

ASU – Custom Partner Sponsor

Axosoft – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

SiteLock – Contributing Showcase Sponsor

Ineight – Partner Showcase Sponsor

Symantec – Partner Showcase Sponsor


Phoenix Convention Center
West Building, 3rd Floor
100 North 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Thursday November 12, 2015


4:00PM - 8:00PM


  • AZTC $150
  • Non-AZTC $200
  • AZTC Member Early Group of 10 $1,250
  • Non-AZTC Member Group of 10 $1,750


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