We are very excited to announce that the submission period for the 2015 Technology Innovation Awards (TIA) has officially begun!
As you may know, since 2003 501cTECH’s Technology Innovation Awards have recognized D.C.-area nonprofits whose innovative uses of technology improved key aspects of their operations and helped advance their missions. It has also served as a reminder that technology is just as important to nonprofits as it is to large corporations.
In planning the 2014 Awards last year, we did some research to see how we might improve the TIA in its eleventh year. We spoke with past applicants and judges and out of that process came some pretty significant changes that added greater overall value to the nonprofits involved.
Most notably, we heard loud and clear that it's very difficult to secure funding for new projects, so rather than judge applicants who have already implemented a technology project, we asked organizations to submit ideas for NEW technology projects they would like to develop with our help.
The other change was to award three cash prizes of $7,500, whereas before there were only two, and separate the winners into the following three programmatic areas:
- PreK-12 and STEM Education
- Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development
- Veterans and Military Families
Applicants must designate which one they believe most closely aligns with their project idea, but the cause area you select does not need to be the sole focus of the organization. If you can explain how your project applies to one of these categories and advances your nonprofit's mission, we strongly encourage you to apply.
This is a unique opportunity to turn that great idea you've been holding onto into a reality and we would love to help you do it. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m.
If you have any lingering questions about the process, register for one of our free 30-minute webinars.
Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, June 2 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m.
Monday, July 6 at 4 p.m.
We look forward to seeing your ideas!