Future of Goverment Awards

Digital solutions are transforming lives and livelihoods – and catalysing the reach, role, and successful impact of government. The inaugural Future of Government Awards seeks to champion public sector contributions that are driving this global digital development and positive change.

Showcasing open-source solutions is key to inspiring a cascade of best practices across the world. Reusing open source is also an important step towards enabling governments to share in digital success, recognizing that no country or region has a monopoly on good ideas.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection criteria will keep to the following principles:

SUCCESS

Demonstrated success championing and deploying digital transformation, resulting in digital technologies that improve lives and livelihoods.

IMPACT

Qualitative and/or quantitative evidence of the benefits that have been achieved as a result of the individual or the team's work.

POTENTIAL FOR SCALE

Demonstrated potential for the digital project, programme, or initiative to be scaled across and beyond the country.

Criteria

CATEGORIES

DIGITAL
INNOVATOR

OF THE YEAR

Government entrepreneurs work against the grain and against odds to change their governments, improving them for its citizens. There are no global awards for these unsung heroes. Recognizing them is a way of recognizing the importance of better government, of those who serve their countries with little more than pride in their work as a motivation. Lifting these public servants up and highlighting their good work inspires others with an entrepreneurial spirit to join their own governments to effect change.

WHO CAN ENTER?

This award will recognize the individual or a small team that has achieved the greatest impact through championing of digital transformation.

Trailblazer of the Year

OPEN SOURCE
CREATION

OF THE YEAR

Governments often face the same challenges, and they don’t compete. So when one decides to move away from proprietary software and develop their own reusable open source solution, the potential is there for all to benefit. Showcasing these contributions from governments and their partners will give them the recognition they deserve for working in the open and sharing their efforts, while raising the profile of their solutions and stimulating reuse.

WHO CAN ENTER?

This award will recognize the organization that has created the most impactful open source solution designed for and with potential for reuse.

Open Source Creation of the Year

OPEN SOURCE
ADAPTATION

OF THE YEAR

The full value of open-source solutions is only realized when they are reused. Yet many government organizations don’t know where to start when it comes to finding, implementing, and adapting an open-source solution. Recognizing organizations that have taken this journey, shared their experience and demonstrated the benefits of reuse will allow us to help them tell their stories and provide practical advice and assurance for those looking to start their journey.

WHO CAN ENTER?

This award will recognize the organization that has most effectively reused and adapted an open source solution with great social impact.

Open Source Adaptation of the Year

KEY DATES

7

JUL 2022

NOMINATIONS OPEN

14

OCT 2022

NOMINATIONS CLOSE

28

OCT 2022

AWARDS SHORTLIST

22

NOV 2022

AWARDS CEREMONY

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Member

Ming Tan

Director, Tech for Good Institute

Singapore
Member

Diego Piancentini

Former Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Italy

Italy
Member

Angela Odour Lungati

Executive Director, Ushahidi

Kenya
Member

Mala Kumar

Director of Tech for Social Good at GitHub

USA
Member

Cheow Hoe Chan

Government Chief Digital Technology Officer, GovTech

Singapore
Member

Robert Opp

Chief Digital Officer, UNDP

USA
Member

Arndt Husar

Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), Asian Development Bank

Philippines
Member

Samson Goddy

Co-Founder, Open Source Community Africa

Nigeria
Member

Carlos Santiso

Head of Division, Public Governance Directorate

France
Member

Tamara Srzentić

Former Minister of Public Administration, Digital Society and Media of Montenegro

Montenegro
Member

Irene Arias

CEO, IDB Lab

USA
Member

Jeni Tennison

Executive Director, Connected by Data

UK
Member

Andres Ibarra

President, Fundacion PAD

Argentina
Member

Marisol Argueta

Head of Latin America, World Economic Forum

Switzerland
Member

Dr. Vinay Thakur

Managing Director, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI)

India
Member

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

United States
Member

Denyse White

Deputy National Chief Digital Officer

Trinidad and Tobago

CO-SPONSORS

The AWS Institute is a thought leadership and executive education program to accelerate digital transformation in the public sector. The AWS Institute publishes thought leadership and organizes bespoke public or private events that promote new approaches to public sector transformation. With the Future of Government Awards, we hope to help shine a light on the extraordinary efforts of those shaping and accelerating government modernization around the world.

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. Part of our vision is to be a thought leader in digital development, to integrate digital technologies in our advisory capacity, optimise delivery models, and create new ones. The Future of Government Awards are an important platform to showcase and celebrate digital excellence, and to provide countries around the world with the inspiration and tools to accelerate their digital development.

Apolitical is a global network and learning platform for government with a mission to build 21st century governments that work for people and the planet. We equip policymakers with the knowledge, skills, and community they need to solve the world’s hardest challenges. Our community of 150,000+ public servants in 160 countries has members ranging from mayors, ministers, and heads of civil services to digital innovators. The Future of Government Awards will spotlight public servants and governments that have significantly contributed to digital transformation, which we hope will inspire a cascade of best practices.