Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state with the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards.

This year marks the 20th year of this prestigious event that attracts more than 400 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. Guests will be enjoying a seated dinner and a lively awards program hosted by Emmy Award winning news personality, Carey Peña.
Come Celebrate Arizona Innovation!

OUR EMCEE: Carey Peña, Emmy Award Winning News Personality

Carey Peña is an Emmy award–winning journalist, television personality, and podcast host.

A natural born storyteller and innate advocate, Carey is determined to create content & connection. It’s why the award-winning journalist and public figure founded Inspired Media 360, a cause-driven media and content firm dedicated to informing, advocating, empowering and uplifting businesses and organizations.

In 2022, after witnessing the toll the pandemic took on everyone, Peña co-founded Arizona’s Center for Positive Media. Using her talents to identify and amplify stories of impact and paths to healing, she created shows like YouTube’s “Good Morning Sunshine” and “The Next Chapter” podcast.

A believer in paying it forward and giving back, Peña continues to emcee for the many charities and causes she champions.


People’s Choice AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Winner:

Innovator of the Year Large Company:

One company/individual in each of the following categories will be announced as the winner at GCOI:

Innovator of the Year Academia:

Innovator of the Year Small Company:

Spencer Fane Innovator of the Year Start-Up:

MSS Transformational Leadership Award:

  • Bradley Likes, director, IT Digital Operations, and Rick Dockall, director, Program Management, Republic Services 
  • Brian Spicker, president and CEO, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
  • Kimberly Tobey, instructional services manager, Rio Salado College
  • Scott Zufelt, deputy director of the Office of Data Analytics, Pima County
Future Innovators of the Year:

  • Siddarth Adda, BASIS, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Ram Bubby, BASIS, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Baochan Fan, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
  • Sruti Peddi, BASIS, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Maya Marie Schwickert, BASIS, Scottsdale, AZ (Honorable Mention)
  • Prisha Shroff, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ (Honorable Mention)

Teacher of the Year:

  • David Wirth, Millennium High School, Goodyear, AZ
  • Pradip Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad, AZ (Honorable Mention)
  • David Tyrel “Ty” White, Willcox High School, Willcox, AZ (Honorable Mention)
Tech 10 Champions

Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year

  • Sen. Ken Bennett, District 1

Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year

  • Rep. Michael Carbone, District 25

Tech 10 Legislators


  • Sen. Flavio Bravo, District 26
  • Sen. Frank Carroll District 28
  • Sen. David Gowan District 19
  • Sen. Steve Kaiser, District 2
  • Sen. Catherine Miranda, District 11


  • Rep. Seth Blattman, District 9
  • Rep. David Cook, District 7
  • Rep. David Marshall, District 7
  • Rep. Jennifer Pawlik, District 13
  • Rep. Justin Wilmeth, District 2


4:45 – 5:45 PM – Check-in/Reception/Networking
5:45 – 6:15 PM – Dinner
6:15 – 8:30 PM – Awards/Networking

Come dressed to celebrate Arizona’s vibrant tech ecosystem. Cocktail attire is recommended. All dinner seating will be assigned. Table numbers and assignments for single ticket holders will be given at check-in.

Individual Tickets Member: $200 | Nonmember: $250
Table of 10 Member: $1800 | Nonmember: $2250

GCOI sponsorship packages range in price from $5000 – $25,000.
Contact [email protected] for more information on sponsorship opportunities.


1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr.
Phoenix , AZ 85024


Chateau Luxe


November 15, 2023


5:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Individual Tickets Member: $200 | Non-member: $250; Table of 10 Member: $1800 | Non-member: $2250