2018 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards/Tech Showcase


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. 2018 marks the 15th year of this prestigious event. 

For 2018, the event will consist of a strolling dinner and Tech Showcase followed by theatre style awards program. The Tech Showcase companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners. 

4:00 – 6:00 PM – Tech Showcase/Networking/Strolling Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Award Presentations
8:00 – 8:30 PM – Networking/Tech Showcase

GCOI Event Tickets: To purchase tickets please click here.
– AZTC Member – $125
– Non-AZTC Member – $150
– AZTC Member Group of Ten Tickets – $1,000 (Best Value)
– Non-AZTC Member Group of Ten Tickets – $1,250 (Best Value)

Finalists – The winner in each category will be announced live on stage at the event November 8th:
Innovator of the Year, Start-Up Company:

  • BlackBar Engineering, Tucson AZ
  • Paradox, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ
  • Regulonix, Tucson, AZ

Innovator of the Year, Small Company:

  • CampusLogic, Chandler AZ
  • Dynamic Water Technologies, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Solera Health, Phoenix, AZ

Innovator of the Year, Large Company:

  • Benchmark, Phoenix AZ
  • IBM, Tucson AZ
  • Opendoor, Scottsdale AZ

Innovator of the Year, Academia:

  • Dr. Yasin Silva and Dr. Deborah Hall/BullyBlocker/ASU, West Campus, Glendale AZ
  • Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, School of Life Sciences and Biodesign Institute , ASU
  • Dr. Laurence Hurley/UofA, Tucson AZ

Winners – These winners will be honored live on the stage on November 8th:
Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year:

  • Heidi Jannenga, WebPT, Phoenix AZ

Judges Award:

  • Al Maag, MaagCommplus, Tempe AZ

AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: The voting for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award has ended for 2018.  The winner of the 2018 AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award is Jim Armstrong,Managing Partner at Canal Partners, LLC 

Digital Program and Event Info: 

We are trying to focus on our sustainability efforts and have decided to forgo the standard printed program for this year’s event.

You can access the digital program here.

Attendees our encouraged to text INNOVATION to 27000 to access important event information throughout the event and leading up to it. 

About The Tech 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.

Come out on Thursday, November 8th to be part of the Tech Showcase at the 14th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. The Tech Showcase will include over 50 companies showcasing their innovations, culture and future here in Arizona. 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 activation’s. 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

Need a Ride from Tucson: 
Interested in learning about transportation from Tucson to GCOI event? Please contact Jeff Sales at [email protected] for more information.

Sponsorship Available:
Sponsorship packages for the 2018 GCOI event are now available.  Sponsorship packages range in price from $2,500 – $25,000.  Please email [email protected] for 2018 sponsorship information.

Event Sponsors/Technology Showcase Exhibitors:
Presenting Sponsor:
Partner Organization:
Arizona Commerce Authority
Production Sponsor:
Enliven Production Group, Inc.
Future Innovators of the Year Sponsor:
Teacher of the Year Sponsor:
American Express
Lifetime Achievemnet Award Sponsor:
Academia Award Sponsor:
Benchmark Electronics
Innovation Sponsor:
Registration Sponsor:
Partner Sponsors:
Nuanced Media
Aspect Software
Contributing Sponsors:
City of Prescott
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
KEO Marketing
Cox Business
Ballard Spahr
Greenspoon Marder
Wells Fargo Bank



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100 N. 3rd St.
West Building, 3rd Floor
Phoenix , AZ 85004


Phoenix Convention Center


November 8, 2018


4:00 PM - 8:30 PM


[AZTC Member - $125] [Non AZTC Member $150] [AZTC Member Group of Ten $1,000] [Non AZTC Member Group of Ten $1,250]