UTC 2019 Awards

Each year, the utility members and staff of UTC work together to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant impact on the utility industry. For 2019, we are excited to announce new awards and changes to better recognize the most UTC members – utilities, vendors and individuals around the world.  Check out the new award structure and submit your nominations before the deadline! Join us in Fort Worth for Telecom & Technology 2019!

Deadline for entry: March 1, 2019

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 UTC APEX Awards. New for 2019, we will honor two utilities, one from the U.S. and one from outside the U.S.

The UTC APEX Award recognizes utilities that have completed compelling telecommunication projects; whether in emergencies or in steady-state, utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, and provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity.

Criteria

The UTC APEX Award is bestowed upon one utility company that provides electric, gas or water services. The nominee must have implemented innovative projects, taken actions, or initiated procedures that leverage communications technologies or information systems resulting in demonstrated benefits and positive impact on the communities they serve.
Nominations may be submitted on recommendations of peers, partners and witnesses to the work of the utility. However, an authorized representative of the utility must accept the nomination prior to being reviewed by the selection committee.

Deadline for entry: March 1, 2019

Building on the legacy of UTC awards, we have established the IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards will honor the UTC Associate Member Organizations making a great impact on our industry through an innovative and proven solution. Members can choose one of three categories areas: Hardware, Software or Service. There will be three Impact Awards given.
The evaluation criteria will ensure that all UTC member organizations, regardless of size, type or offering can clearly communicate, affirm and support their nomination. These evaluation criteria were established to be relevant, comprehensive, well aligned with the ever-evolving definition of “impact,” transparent for nominees AND clearly defined for our voting bodies.

Criteria

While difficult to define precise, objective metrics that unambiguously determine how companies and concepts rank for each evaluation criteria, we have developed a set of ranking assessments based on four key criteria:
AVAILABILITY: This is an innovation that is already in the marketplace, addressing a real need and/or solving a problem today.
EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS: This technology innovation is meeting a need while improving outcomes or reducing risks to the customer and/or the utility. It may save time or money, lower cost, improves security, or even makes money for a utility.
SUSTAINABILITY: The technology innovation supports sustainability, social responsibility or green initiatives – innovation that not only demonstrated commercial success, but also considers broader implications.
IMPACT: Immediate and longer-term impact that the innovation has on the utility industry or/and society as a whole.
Eligibility: Submitted technology must be from an UTC Associate Member in good standing, serving the utilities industry, any size, any geographic location. All submissions by vendors must be further supported by utility companies comprised of UTC members and/or non-members. (Meaning the utility using the technology does NOT have to be a UTC member, but the vendor must be).
Judging: A panel of non-vendor judges will select one technology winner in each of the categories: Hardware, Software, Services. We will use a 3-point ranking for each of the four areas above (1-point for some time achieves, 2-points for most of the time achieves, and 3-points for all of the time achieves). The selected IMPACT Award winners are presented their awards on the show floor during the Expo Hall hours and will also be highlighted during the Awards Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, May 9th in Palm Springs, CA.

Deadline for entry: March 1, 2019

New for 2019, UTC will recognize Emerging Leaders across all the UTC Regions. These “Rising Stars” are individuals within UTC member utilities who are dedicated to the critical work of telecommunication infrastructure, IT/OT, security, policy, etc. Do you know someone at your utility who should be recognized? Nominate them today and join us in Fort Wort to celebrate these up-and-coming utility employees.

Questions on any of the awards? Contact Bobbi Harris