A highlight of this year’s virtual California Digital Government Summit was the Best of California Awards that recognized innovative leaders and projects in government technology.
For the past 19 years, the Center for Digital Government, a subsidiary of e.Republic, has held the awards ceremony as part of its summit. The September 30 event showed how innovative leaders and projects have permeated all levels of government.
The award winners were recognized September 30 at the conclusion of the two-day summit where CDT took home two Best of California awards.
e.Republic Publisher and Executive Vice President Alan Cox presented the awards along with State CIO/CDT Director Amy Tong and Deputy State CIO/Chief Deputy Director Richard Rogers, who provided remarks and congratulations.
Best IT Collaboration (2 winners)
City of Los Angeles Migration to State Data Center
On Feb. 26, the California Department of Technology (CDT) on behalf of the State of California became the service provider for the nation’s second-largest city, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
CDT worked with the City’s Information Technology Agency (ITA), which serves nearly 12.5 million people in several capacities across a broad spectrum of services, including through LAPD’s critical mainframe applications. ITA leadership recognized that their workforce was diminishing and began seeking a reliable mainframe service provider. After 27 months spent gathering requirements and negotiating contracts, an agreement was reached and technical planning and implementation began. For nearly an entire year, the CDT teams worked many hours to prepare for the migration. Their efforts resulted in one of the most successful and seamless customer migrations to CDT.
Most Innovative Use of Resident Engagement
California State Geoportal
California has unlocked the value of government data to propel innovation, improve delivery of public services and empower its residents. The California State Geoportal offers about 2,500 geospatial data sets from about 46 state departments. It simplifies locating and validating California data for residents, as well as government, nonprofits and businesses, while addressing key concerns about transparency and access.
Government Technology also bestowed Best of California Awards to the following recipients.
- Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs
State Controller’s Office for Cal Employee Connect
- Best Mobile/Wireless Project
California Department of Motor Vehicles for Mobile Queue Ticket Experience
- Best Application Serving the Public (2 winners)
California Department of Social Services for Online Shopping and Pandemic EBT
- Employment Development Department for Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing
Program Automation Project
- Best IT Collaboration
California Judicial Branch for CourtStack — Digital Court Platform and Ecosystem
Best Data Analytics Project
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for California Community Colleges Data Lake/Data Warehouse