2021 PRITC Innovation Awards Announcement

For the past six years, the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster (PRITC), the largest IT trade organization in the Island, has celebrated its most emblematic event: The CIO & IT Leadership Conference.

This event is the largest and most important leading platform of the IT industry in Puerto Rico. It has gathered influential CIOs from the private sector as well as innovative leaders and IT companies, locally and internationally.

In past conferences, we have bestowed five awards upon companies and organizations. We have been able to advance there IT products, services, processes or platforms with great success.

 

This year will be the third consecutive year that the PRITC will be presenting the PRITC Innovation Awards, a process that has been nicely done within the highest quality and transparency standards.

It is PRITC’s unwavering position that now is the time for industry participants to openly celebrate IT excellence in Puerto Rico, thus contributing to the island’s continued ascent as an industry powerhouse.

That’s why we want to invite you to be part of the next 7th annual CIO & IT Leadership Conference and participate in the PRITC Innovation Awards. The winners corresponding to the year 2019 and 2020 will be announced in the virtual conference that will take place on May 14th, 2021.

 

Organizing Committee

For any inquiries regarding the program, please

contact : dlinares@pritc.org

For all general inquiries, please contact:

svazquez@pritc.org

Under the continued vision of positioning the island as a regional leader in IT services and technological innovation, the strategic objectives behind the awards process are as follows:

To increase awareness of the salience of the Puerto Rico IT industry in all its dimensions.

To support the industry’s strategy of increasing its competitiveness throughout the region, and help it achieve a more elevated position of recognized excellence.

To prominently recognize individuals, products, projects, and organizations for their relevance as they pertain to the Puerto Rico IT industry, in terms of the level of technological innovation, business impact, industry contribution, international projection, and societal benefit.

Any potential participant (person or company) interested in participating in the PRITC Innovation Awards must complete the attached form to start the process. Once you have submitted the information, the consideration process begins. The personnel in charge of the Innovation Awards will contact you for further details.

Background

On May 11, 2018, the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster (PRITC) hosted the first-ever PRITC Innovation Awards ceremony, corresponding to the year 2017.  This award ceremony was a momentous achievement, as it positioned the local IT sector to help spearhead the future of the Puerto Rican economy, and afforded its participants the opportunity to celebrate excellence and technological prowess.

PRITC bestowed five awards upon five companies and organizations that, in a year during which Puerto Rico was severely impacted by Hurricane María (2017), they were able to advance their IT products, services, processes or platforms with great success.

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The Fine Print

The PRITC Board of Directors recognizes that, due to its nature, an initiative like the PRITC Innovation Awards entails numerous detailed rules and conditions.  Therefore, PRITC requires that all parties wishing to submit a nomination, accept, and agree to the terms established in the Conditions of Participation document.  This will be done electronically as part of the nomination submission process.

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The Awards

Intellectual Property (IP) Award

Presented to the individual or organization that, over the previous year, developed the piece of IT intellectual property deemed to be the most innovative, ingenious, influential, practical and/or commercially viable.

IT Project of the Year

Presented to the organization that, over the previous year, completed the IT development or deployment project deemed most innovative, technologically elaborate, influential and successful.

Tech Exporter of the Year
Presented to the locally based individual or organization that is most successfully engaged in the process of exporting innovative technological products and/or services out of Puerto Rico.
Tech Startup of the Year
Presented to the individual or nascent organization that is actively developing or has recently completed development of an IT product, services, process or platform deemed most innovative and with the highest potential for commercial success in the coming years.
Societal Impact Award
Presented to the locally based individual or organization that, through the use of innovative IT products, services, processes or platforms, has had the most significant positive impact on the advancement and well-being of human society.

The Awards Process

This year will be the third time that PRITC will be presenting the PRITC Innovation Awards.  To carry out the process within the highest quality and transparency standards, PRITC will provide out the following steps:

Initial Announcement

The 2019 and 2020 PRITC Innovation Awards cycle kicks off on February 8, 2021.  On that date, PRITC messages its membership and starts engaging in a communications initiative aimed at making the process known to all potential participants.  Details regarding the process, as outlined herein, will be openly distributed.

Nominations Period

Starting on the day of the initial announcement and extending up to April 10, 2021, PRITC will be accepting nominations for the five different PRITC Innovation Awards.  Nominations are to be exclusively submitted through the PRITC website, www.pritc.org. Successful submissions will be confirmed, after which candidates will be periodically updated on any relevant issues.

Nominations Period

Once the nominations period expires, PRITC will perform an initial screening of all submittals, and validate that they indeed comply with the award nominations acceptance criteria, as established in the Conditions of Participation.  PRITC will progressively notify pertinent candidates of any situations of nonconformance with the established rules and specify the remediation alternatives available, if any.  Candidates not meeting the established criteria will be disqualified from further consideration and notified accordingly.  This initial requirements and eligibility validation process is set to conclude on April 17, 2021.  At such date, PRITC expects to notify all candidates of their updated status.

Independent Judges’ Panel Evaluation

PRITC will charter a panel of independent judges that will receive all relevant documentation corresponding to the nominations that successfully clear the initial requirements and eligibility validation process by April 17, 2021.  Based on the materials provided, and following internally established evaluation guidelines for each award, the panel will evaluate each nomination.  Throughout the evaluation process, the panel may request additional information from any nominees, a condition with which they are expected to comply.  By May 10, 2021, the panel will have made a final determination of which the award winners will be, and will submit a confidential communiqué to the PRITC Board of Directors, notifying it about such determination.

Awards Announcement

Shortly after receiving the confidential communiqué from the independent judges’ panel, during the 2021 CIO & IT Leadership Conference, to be held in May 14, 2021, the PRITC Board of Directors will announce the award recipients and publicly recognize their accomplishment.

PRITC is enthusiastically engaged in this third edition of the PRITC Innovation Awards.  The Board of Directors recognizes that the stated process is bound to evolve every year, all intended to enable the IT industry to meet the strategic objectives stated herein.

The Judges and the Judging Process

The PRITC Board of Directors is currently finalizing the list of members of the independent judges’ panel that will ultimately determine to whom the PRITC Innovation Awards will be presented.

Because the Board recognizes that the present and future success of this initiative hinges on the integrity and credibility of the members of such panel, and on the overall transparency of the process, it shall name judges of unquestionable reputation and with little inherence in local IT industry affairs.

The Awards Calendar

The following timeline establishes the dates when all events related to the PRITC Innovation Awards are scheduled to occur:

EventStart DateEnd Date
Initial contest announcementFebruary 8, 2021
Nominations PeriodFebruary 8, 2021April 10, 2021
Initial requirements and eligibility validationApril 11, 2021April 17, 2021
Independent Judging Panel’s evaluationApril 17, 2021May 8, 2021
Notification of award winners to the PRITC BoardMay 10, 2021
Public announcement and awards presentationCIO & IT Leadership Conference (May 14, 2021)

For any inquiries regarding the PRITC Innovation Awards, please contact:  svazquez@pritc.org or dlinares@pritc.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the CIO & IT Leadership Conference!