Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Accenture Announce 2003 Digital Government Award Winners

WASHINGTON; June 10, 2003 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning and Accenture today presented the 4th annual Digital Government Awards in six categories during the E-Gov Conference in Washington, D.C.

This year’s award recipients include:

The MIT-Accenture awards recognize best practices in digital government and higher education in the United States. This year’s recipients were selected from nearly 200 nominations – an increase of 60 percent over the number of submissions last year – and honored at a luncheon attended by nearly 1,000 government and industry executives.

"E-Government passed the threshold from a ’convenience’ to a ’necessity’ in the public sector in 2003,” said Daniel J. Greenwood, director of the MIT E-Commerce Architecture Program and lecturer at the Media Lab of MIT. “This year’s award winners exemplify excellence in the areas of innovation and pragmatism necessary to make E-Government successful. The quality of all the nominations was higher this year than ever, with the winners demonstrating creativity in the delivery of efficient, effective and responsive services."

“This year’s winners are to be congratulated for truly distinguishing themselves in the toughest competition to date since the inception of this awards program,” said Stanley J. Gutkowski, managing partner of Accenture’s USA Government practice. “We were overwhelmed by the dramatic increase in participation this year, which we believe is a strong indicator that leadership and innovation in digital government is alive and well.”

The award winners were recognized in the following categories:

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Accenture and MIT invited government organizations, public corporations, and higher education institutions to submit nominations for existing, Web-enabled, digital solutions or services. The nominations were viewed and judged on-line by a panel of leaders in academia, government and other organizations. Awards for each category were based on the degree of creative thinking and innovative use of Web-enabled technology used to create or enhance service delivery; the extent to which the nomination successfully addressed a significant problem faced by the users or the organization; and, the level of transformation and demonstrated effectiveness and tangible results achieved in the delivery of the program or service.

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