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2018 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards/Tech Showcase

Presented by AZTC and ACA

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 (Early Bird Pricing Good Until 9/14/18): 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)

Award Nominations Now Open:
Do you want to be honored on Thursday, November 8th live on stage?  Nominate your company today for one of the awards that will be announced live during the event.  Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 17, 2018.  Please click on the award to download the nomination form.
Innovator of the Year- Start-Up Company
Innovator of the Year – Small Company
Innovator of the Year – Large Company
Innovator of the Year- Academia
Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year

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 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

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: The voting for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award voting will open up on Monday, August 27, 2018.  Voting for the award is done by you, the tech community.  

Need a Ride from Tucson: 
Interested in learning about transportation from Tucson to GCOI event? Please contact Jeff Sales at 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 for 2018 sponsorship information.

Event Sponsors/Technology Showcase Exhibitors:
Presenting Sponsor:
Avnet, Inc.
Partner Organization:
Arizona Commerce Authority




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


Thursday 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


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