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2017 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards/TechJam Showcase – Disruptive Technology

Presented by Avnet

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 850 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2017 marks the 14th year of this prestigious event. 

For 2017, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program with sit down dinner followed by a Tech Jam company showcase with live music (All Strummed Out). The Tech Jam companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners. Learn more about the Tech Jam, participating companies, and the fun activities we have in store here

Coming from Tucson? By popular request, attendees from the Tucson area can travel together to this event.  Riders will meet in front of Sprouts at Orange Grove and River Road.  The 15-passenger van will leave promptly at 3:30 pm. 

Please click here to reserve your spot on the bus. Space is limited to 13 and there is a $25/person fee that includes round-trip transportation from Tucson to the 2017 GCOI event. 

5:00 – 5:30 PM – Tech Showcase/Networking/Cocktails
5:30 PM – Dinner Buffett Opens
6:00 – 7:30  PM – Award Presentations/Sit-down Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Tech Jam After Party/Band (All Strummed Out)/Networking/Dessert

GCOI Award Dinner Tickets (Includes Tech Jam Showcase):
– AZTC Member Ticket With Dinner: $150
– Non-AZTC Member Ticket With Dinner: $200
– AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten With Dinner: $1,250 (Best Value)
– Non-AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten With Dinner: $1,750
GCOI Tech Jam Showcase Tickets (Does not Include Dinner/Awards Program):
– EB AZTC Member Tech Jam Ticket: $50
– EB Non-AZTC Member Tech Jam Ticket: $75
– EB AZTC Member Group of Ten Tech Jam: $400 (Best Value)
– EB Non-AZTC Member Group of Ten Tech Jam: $600

About Tech Jam Showcase:
Arizona is emerging as one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the nation. We have so many amazing characters that make up our community; we may be young, but it is the grit and personality of our amazing technology companies and vendors that set us apart. There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest tech challenges.

The inaugural GCOI Tech Jam is a time when we can come together from every corner of our innovation economy to celebrate and accelerate our growing tech community. It’s a collaboration between local tech companies, leading industry groups, the Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority, and you.

Come out on Thursday, November 2nd to be part of the inaugural Tech Jam as part of the 14th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. The Tech Jam will include over 40 companies showcasing their innovations, culture and future here in Arizona. We will have a live band (All Strummed Out), desserts, interactive exhibits and activities, and tons of fun during this unique teambuilding showcase. Bring your staff to experience and enjoy the tech community in Arizona!

We are encouraging exhibitors to show off their company culture and creativity through fun, interactive activations. 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

2017 Award Winners and Finalists: Individual and Company award winners and finalists will be awarded live on-stage November 2nd.
Award Finalists:
Academia Award:
Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc., Phoenix, AZ; Professors Jeffrey Pyun, Robert (Bob) Norwood, Novel Polymeric Materials, University of Arizona, Tucson; Professor Nasser Peyghambarian, Holographic 3D Display and Telepresence, University of Arizona, Tucson

Start-up Company Award:
Akos MD, LLC, Phoenix, AZ; Codelucida, Inc., Tucson, AZ; Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Small Company Award:
AudioEye, Inc., Tucson, AZ; Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tucson, AZ; Incyphae, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ; Paragon Space Development Corporation, Tucson, AZ

Award Winners:
Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award:
Jeffrey Pruitt, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Tallwave and Tallwave Capital, Scottsdale, AZ

Large Company Award:
PacSci EMC, Chandler, AZ

Judges Award:
Digital Citizen Academy, Scottsdale, AZ

American Express Teacher of the Year Award:
Marni Landry, Paradise Valley CREST (Center for Research Engineering Science and Technology), Phoenix, AZ
American Express Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention Award:
Pradip C Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad, AZ

Honeywell Future Innovator of the Year Awards:
Somil Jain and Sachin Jaishankar, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Joseph Galasso, Galasso Homeschool, Tucson, AZ
Seoyoon Kim, BASIS Peoria High School, Peoria, AZ
Vilina Mehta, Basis Scottsdale High School, Scottsdale, AZ

Future Innovator of the Year Honorable Mention Awards:
Ava Christensen, Empire High school, Tucson, AZ
Heaven May Murphy, Tombstone High School, Tombstone, AZ

Senator of the Year:
Senator Karen Fann (R – District 1)

Representative of the Year:
Representative Regina Cobb (R – District 5)

Tech Champions:
Senator Sean Bowie (D – District 18)
Senator Sonny Borrelli (R – District 5)
Senator David Farnsworth (R – District 16)
Senator Kimberly Yee (R – District 20)
Senator Lupe Contreras (D – District 19)
Representative Heather Carter (R- District 15)
Representative Cesar Chavez (D – District 29)
Representative Randy Friese (D – District 9)
Representative Becky Nutt (R – District 14)
Representative Jeff Weninger (R – District 17)

AccountabilIT Lifetime Award Winner: The voting for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was done online and chosen by the tech community.  This year’s winner of the AccoubtabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award is:
Bob Parsons, Founder; Executive Chairman at

Sponsorship Available:
Sponsorship packages for the 2017 GCOI event are now available.  Sponsorship packages range in price from $2,500 – $25,000.  Please email for 2017 sponsorship information.

Event Sponsors/Technology Showcase Exhibitors:
Presenting Sponsor:
Avnet, Inc.
Partner Organization:
Arizona Commerce Authority
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor:
Future Innovator of the Year Sponsor:
Teacher of the Year Sponsor:
American Express
Innovator of the Year Start-Up Award Sponsor:
Benchmark Electronics
Design Sponsor:
Partner Sponsors:
Enliven Production Group
Contributing Showcase Sponsors:
Trans-West Network Solutions
Alerion Capital
ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development
Aspect Software
Design Pickle
Clark Hill PLC
Tech Finders
Ballard Spahr
INanoBio Inc.
Business Wire
Nuanced Media
Pinnacle Transport Systems
KEO Marketing




Rawhide Events Center
5244 N. 48th Street
Chandler, AZ 85226


Thursday November 2, 2017


5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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