The Computerworld Honors Program
Honoring Those Who Use Information Technology to Benefit Society
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Program History and Nomination Criteria

For 25 years, the Computerworld Honors Program has recognized organizations that use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better. Additional criteria for a Computerworld Honors technology project include the following:

  • Provides a significant benefit to society in one of the 11 outlined categories.
  • Addresses a social or humanitarian need, either alleviating or resolving it.
  • Is currently in use, and demonstrating measurable results for its target beneficiaries.
  • Develops a new technology, or takes an existing technology and applies it in novel way, to meet a specific social or humanitarian need.

In addition:

  • Projects nominated must have been completed or significantly expanded in the past two years (since October 2010) to qualify.
  • Nominations must fit at least one of the award categories described below. Note that Computerworld editors reserve the right to shift your project to another category, if suitable.
  • Anyone within or outside an organization may nominate a project for the program.
  • As always, international entries are enthusiastically encouraged.
The Categories are:
  1. Collaboration: Recognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to promote knowledge-sharing and enable collaboration that results in measurable economic, social, environmental or innovation gains.
  2. Economic Development: Recognizes organizations for the innovative use or development of IT to create, enable, improve or expand business and job opportunities.
  3. Emerging Technology: Recognizes organizations for the bold and innovative creation or use of leading-edge and largely unproven technology, demonstrating its suitability for solving a business or societal need.
  4. Health: Recognizes organizations for the innovative use or creation of IT to conduct research; develop new diagnostic or treatment methods and services; improve the safety and quality of patient care; or improve access to, or the affordability of, healthcare.
  5. Human Services: Recognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to effectively develop or deliver public programs thatprovide food and nutrition, housing, transportation, mental health or othersocial services to populations in need.
  6. Innovation: Recognizes organizations for the design and development of technologies or products that represent advancement in the fields of information technology, artificial intelligence and the sciences, and offer benefits to business or society.
  7. Mobile Access: Recognizes organizations for the innovative application of IT to extend the distribution of digital information, programs and services through mobile devices, thus reaching the many populations around the world where mobile devices are more common than desktop computers.
  8. Philanthropy: Recognizes organizations that have made significant contributions of one or more goods or services (listed below) to a needy cause, such as schools, libraries, community centers, deserving nonprofit organizations and so on:
    • Software
    • Hardware
    • Web-based services
    • The talents of their IT personnel or other technical employees
  9. Safety & Security: Recognizes organizations for the development or application of IT to measurably improve the safety and security of the populations they serve.
  10. Sustainability: Recognizes organizations that have implemented major IT sustainability initiatives over the past five years by reducing energy consumption in IT equipment and/or using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. Organizations will be asked to quantify their energy savings. Vendors may also submit breakthrough products, services or technologies that strongly support the IT sustainability mission.
  11. World-Good: Recognizes organizations for the design and development of technologies that have played a major role in supporting social good in the face of world-changing events (a recent example would be the role of communications technologies during the Arab Spring uprisings).

The Staff

Julia King
Executive Editor, Events
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Ellen Fanning
Managing Editor, Features
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Mari Keefe
Editorial Project Manager
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Dayna Klein
Marketing Manager, Events
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Bob Carrigan
Chairman, Chairmen's Committee
The Computerworld Honors Program
IDG Communications
General management responsibility for the Chairmen and CEOs of the 100 companies represented on the Chairmen's Committee. IDG Executive Committee liaision to the Foundation for IDG Chairman and Founder Patrick J. McGovern