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2017 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards – Disruptive Technology

Presented by Avnet

GCOI_web-banner_180x180Governor’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. The Tech Jam companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners.

GCOI will take place at the Rawhide Events Center on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 5:00 – 6:00 PM – Tech Showcase/Networking/Cocktails
 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Award Presentations/Sit-down Dinner
 8:00 – 9:00 PM – Tech Jam After Party/Band/Networking/Dessert

GCOI Tickets: 
Early Bird Tickets for the 2017 GCOI event are currently available. 
– EB AZTC Member Ticket: $125
– EB Non-AZTC Member Ticket: $175
– EB AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten: $1,000 (Best Value)
– EB Non-AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten: $1,500

Award Nominations

Please click on the links below to access the nomination form for the award category listed. All nominations are due August 25th, 2017

Lifetime Award Winner: The nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award are now open.  Nominate your Arizona Leader today*.  To nominate your Arizona Leader click here.

*The nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award we receive will be narrowed down to four Arizona leaders and a final “People’s Choice” online vote will take place during the month of August.

The Individual/Company Awards:
William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year
Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year
• Judges Award – (Judges award is selected by the GCOI Nomination committee and is based on the award submissions for all the GCOI categories)

Three companies within each of the following categories will be honored as the winners at the GCOI event:

Innovator of the Year- Startup
Innovator of the Year- Small Company
Innovator of the Year – Large Company
Innovator of the Year – Academia

The “Future Innovators” and “Teacher of the Year” award winners were 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.

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 Sponsor:
Arizona Commerce Authority
Design Sponsor:
Contributing Showcase Sponsors:
Trans-West Network Solutions




Rawhide Events Center
5700 West Loop Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226


Thursday November 2, 2017


5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


  • EB AZTC Member Ticket: $125
  • EB Non-AZTC Member Ticket: $175
  • EB AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten: $1,000
  • EB Non-AZTC Member Reserved Table of Ten: $1,500


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