The nomination categories

The five categories

  1. CIO of the Year Europe large businesses (>999 employees)
  2. CIO of the Year Europe – small to medium-sized businesses (A business with 100 or fewer employees is generally considered small, while one with 100-999 employees is considered to be medium-sized.)
  3. The project of the Year Europe – innovation
  4. The project of the Year Europe – diversity
  5. The project of the Year Europe – sustainability

What do I need to include in my application?

The application will be submitted via our digital platform and you will answer a set amount of questions depending on the category:

CIO of the Year Europe – large enterprise + small to medium

1. Tech/IT projects and business value
What IT, digital and technology initiatives have you completed or been working on over the past 12 months which have provided real quantitative and qualitative value to your organisation? What were the programmes’ objectives and what measurable impact have they delivered? Is a CIO focused on IT or business value?
2. A CIO’s innovation agenda
What innovations have you introduced or been working on over the last year – how have they came about and what have they enabled? These could be technology innovations (using new tools like AI, IoT, wearables, AR, etc), product innovations (using technology to develop new products) or business model innovations (having an impact on or disrupting the operating model of your organisation or that of others)
3. Culture, diversity, digital literacy, education/comms (from the boardroom to the edge of the organisation)
How has the CIO helped to have a positive impact on the culture, diversity and digital literacy/expertise up, down and across their organisation?
4. Vendor management/relations
How have you worked with your technology and IT partners – whether large IT suppliers, SMEs or startups – to achieve your business goals?
5. The future, challenges and change
What are your main strategic aims, opportunities and challenges for the next year? How are the initiatives you drive going to impact the business in a positive way long term? How do you assure a long-lasting positive change within your business and for the individuals within your organisation?

The project of the Year Europe – Innovation in IT and business

1. Explain the project in short
How did the project idea come up? Who has been responsible for the initiative/how many people are in the team? What were the projects’ objectives and what value have they delivered for your organization? Who else has benefited from this project?
2. The innovation agenda
What innovations have you introduced or been working on over the last year – how have they came about and what have they enabled? These could be technology innovations (using new tools like AI, IoT, wearables, AR, etc), product innovations (using technology to develop new products) or business model innovations (having an impact on or disrupting the operating model of your organisation or that of others)
3. Opportunities and challenges
What were your main strategic aims, opportunities and challenges during the project? What would you have done differently? Lessons learned?

The project of the Year Europe – Diversity in IT and business

1. Explain the project in short
How did the project idea come up? Who has been responsible for the initiative/how many people are in the team? What were the projects’ objectives and what value have they delivered for your organization? Who else has benefited from this project? How have you included a broader perspective regarding diversity; gender, ethnicity, age etc?
2. The diversity agenda
Explain how the project has helped towards implementing diversity to complete the workforce? How has the project helped for inclusion in a holistic way across the organization? What type of activities have you done? How/can these be measured? How have you praised diversity as a reason behind true business value? How have you educated/Inspired more organisations about the benefits of diversity? How does a diversity agenda affect the business positively?
3. Opportunities and challenges
What were your main strategic aims, opportunities and challenges during the project? What would you have done differently? Lessons learned?

The project of the Year Europe – Sustainability in IT and business

1. Explain the project in short
How did the project idea come up? Who has been responsible for the initiative/how many people are in the team? What were the projects’ objectives and what value have they delivered for your organization? Who else has benefited from this project?
2. The sustainability agenda
Explain how the project has increased an understanding of environmental and sustainability issues both at an IT and at the business level. Outline how the project has provided a long-term positive environmental recognition. How does your project help the customer to reduce their negative environmental impact? How does your project help reduce dependence on environmentally influencing factors through, for example, digitization, more efficient flows and/or smart use of IT overlays? How does a sustainability agenda affect the business positively?
3. Opportunities and challenges
What were your main strategic aims, opportunities and challenges during the project? What would you have done differently? Lessons learned?

Contact information  

For questions regarding the application, please email your questions to Emmy Jonsson (emmy_jonsson@idg.contractors).