We have the government to thank for the internet, GPS and unmanned aerial systems.
Much of the machine learning and advanced analytics powering the data-driven economy are made possible by government-funded research. And agencies themselves are being transformed by new technologies and innovative ways of weaving IT into critical missions.
Public-sector tech, in other words, is far cooler than the government often gets credit for. These awards aim to give these innovators the credit they deserve.
The Public Sector Innovation category focuses on transformative tech that is truly reinventing government -- at the federal, state and local levels. That potentially mission-critical impact can stem from a new technology itself or from the innovative ways established tech is being leveraged to make government function better.
NOTE: The deadline for all 2018 Government Innovation Award nominations was midnight on July 18. This year's winning Public Sector Innovations will be announced in late August.