Nomination FAQ

  • Why apply?
  • What the CIO of the Year/Project of the Year Europe awards recognise
  • What makes a winning application/What judges look for in a winning application  
  • Who can apply?
  • Can technology vendors apply for this award?
  • Is there a fee?
  • How the CIO of the Year Europe Award is judged
  • The five categories
  • What do I need to include in my application?
  • How CIO/IDG uses your information
  • Deadlines, expectations and passes to the gala
  • Application instructions
  • Contact information

Why apply?  

The CIO of the Year Europe Award is a mark of enterprise excellence in business technology, enhancing your organisation’s reputation as a leading innovator. It generates positive PR and provides tangible, company-wide recognition of the IT organisation’s hard work and accomplishments. There will be extensive editorial and marketing coverage across IDG’s vast network of CIO sites and titles throughout Europe, guaranteeing unrivalled exposure and association with these prestigious brands.

The CIO of the Year Europe Award is given to companies rather than individuals, so it is an honour for everyone on your staff can take pride in receiving. Executives from the winning companies will be recognised among their peers and colleagues at the CIO of the Year Europe Awards ceremony, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, November 29th 2019 at Miramar Events, a 5-star venue overlooking the gorgeous city.  

What the CIO of the Year Europe Awards recognise  

The first CIO of the Year Europe Award programme celebrates European-based organisations (and the people within them) that are honouring diversity, highlighting the importance of leadership and using technology in innovative and sustainable ways to deliver business value.

For example, did your IT organisation:  

  • Take a risk by deploying an emerging technology or leveraging tried-and-true IT products or practices in new ways?  
  • Dramatically improve a business process, help expand into new markets or foster greater collaboration with internal or external stakeholders?  
  • Find ways to engage more effectively with new or existing customers, expand business opportunities, create cost efficiencies or increase revenue or profits?
  • Worked towards a more diverse workforce?
  • Implemented more sustainable ways of doing business?  

To be selected, applicants must show our external and internal panel of experienced judges not only that they have executed their project well, but also that they have done so in uncommon or innovative ways – perhaps by pioneering a new technology, applying a familiar technology to a new purpose, setting the bar higher for competitors, etc. Most importantly, the winning applications demonstrate specific, measurable business value, not just IT benefits.  

What makes a winning application/What judges look for in a winning application  

Applications that focus on the business goals and results of the project and provide detailed answers to all questions have the best chance of winning. Applicants must provide data and examples supporting their claims of innovation and must show exactly how the business value was measured and delivered. The most successful applications are those written by the CIO or another business-savvy IT executive, with input from both business stakeholders and technical staff.  

Winning applications should also include narrative examples or anecdotes that illustrate the results of your project, such as descriptions of how employees work differently, how customers are responding to the innovation or a broader impact the project has had in your market or industry.  

Complete, clearly written text about your project, showing:  

  • The context of the project in the broader business or industry picture (i.e., is your company breaking new ground in your industry? Or demonstrably ahead of the pack?)  
  • Before-and-after descriptions of project impact on the business or within the IT organisation.  
  • Candour about the challenges along the way (i.e., problems solved, company cultural changes required, etc.)  
  • Solid metrics showing clear business value, such as ROI, increased profitability, cost savings or efficiencies, impact on the organisation or on clients etc. (Any specific financial results or information can be kept confidential and will not be published.)  
  • Personality in the writing style that engages, tells a story, shares details in a first-person voice (vs. marketing language and buzzwords.)

Who can apply?  

Technology leaders, directors and executives, other qualified team members, as well as internal or external PR and marketing representatives may submit applications for a CIO of the Year Europe award. Also, technology vendors may submit on behalf of their own internal IT project teams or their customers’ projects or initiatives. However, technology vendors should not nominate any product or service they sell to external IT customers or clients.

Can technology vendors apply for this award?  

Yes, but please be aware that this is not an award for IT vendors’ products or services.  

If the outcome of your submitted IT project (i.e., the business benefit) is to produce a technology product or service sold directly to CIOs or other IT buyers, it will be disqualified from consideration. However, if your innovative CIO or project produces an internally beneficial technology or service (ie, one not designed to be sold to customers), you are welcome to apply for a CIO of the Year Europe or Project of the Year award.

If you are an IT vendor or a PR agency who would like to nominate a customer or partner, we strongly advise you to enlist the CIO or IT project leader within the organisation you wish to nominate to submit the application. Only the nominated CIO will be accepted up on stage if awarded at the gala, not the technology vendor who has submitted the application.

When technology vendors apply on behalf of a customer:  

  • You must name the customer organisation and provide contacts at that organisation in all the appropriate fields.  
  • You must have permission from the customer organisation and engage the CIO and/or top project leaders at that organisation in crafting your entry. Make sure the entry is written from the customer’s point of view.  
  • You must sign off on having notified the customer of your entry prior to submitting it.  
  • Only the customer will be named on the award if your entry wins. 
  • Solid metrics showing clear business value, such as ROI, increased profitability, cost savings or efficiencies, etc. (Any specific financial results or information can be kept confidential and will not be published.)  
  • Personality in the writing style that engages, tells a story, shares details in a first-person voice (vs. marketing language and buzzwords.)  

 Is there a fee to apply?  

Yes. The cost to purchase an application is currently 290€. This cost will be discounted should you want to attend the event and be rewarded with an invitation. CIO Of the Year is an invite-only event and you must request an invitation. If you plan to submit multiple projects, you may purchase up to 5 applications at a time.  Note that submitting a nomination won’t guarantee you a seat at the gala, but we will prioritize nominated CIOs.

How the CIO of the Year Europe Awards are judged  

Step 1: Initial review

After an initial review, the applications are evaluated and scored by external and internal judges chosen from our panel. This panel includes former CIOs, industry experts, academics, and other business executives.  

Step 2:  Evaluating and scoring by our jury.

The judging is based solely on the information submitted in this online application.  

Step 3: In-depth interview (telephone) may be requested

Step 4: The finalists may be invited to an open hearing, taking place in late September/October 2019 in London, UK at IDG’s office at Euston road.  

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to review additional materials not required for your application.  (A maximum of three documents in pdf can be uploaded).

To be selected for the CIO of the Year Europe Award, you must demonstrate excellence in two main areas:  

  1. Technology innovation: The extent to which your organisation used IT in a new way or enabled new ways of doing business, whether internally or externally.  
  2. Business value delivery: The measurable impact, backed up by supporting data, that your project has had on your organisation’s business results.  

To be selected for the Project of the Year Europe Award, you must demonstrate excellence in one of the three main areas, showing both technology innovation and business value delivery.  

The judges rate each application on these criteria measuring innovation and business value, for a possible total of 20 points. Final selections are confirmed by CIO editors. All individual scores are kept confidential and will not be released publicly, nor will they be discussed with any applicants.  

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?

How CIO/IDG uses your information  

The information you provide in your application will be used by CIO and the judging panel as well as in the marketing of the event. Featuring in any of our editorial magazines is subject to permission.

Deadlines, expectations and passes to the gala

The deadline to submit a CIO of the Year Award nomination is August 1st, 2019. Nominations must be submitted online. Contact us if you have problems when uploading and we will help you out. Honorees will be notified in late August 2019.  

Finalists will receive one pass for the designated winner accepting the award. The CIO of the year finalists will be able to bring their husband/wife or partner at the cost of 290€+VAT.

For projects, one pass will be granted per project with the possibility of purchasing additional passes. IDG reserves the right to deny entry to non-qualified applicants.

The awards will be presented during the gala dinner being held on Friday, November 29th, 2019 in Barcelona.  

Before considering any nomination, you must purchase a nomination.

Contact information  

For questions and support regarding your application please email your questions to Kira Schilling (kschilling@idg-consultant.de)

For questions regarding the CIO of the Year Europe Awards, please email your questions to Emmy Jonsson (emmy_jonsson@idg.contractors) 

For any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, please email Briony Rowe (briony_rowe@idg.com)