During the pandemic and lockdown, many an event has had to pivot and head to virtual and digital solutions in order to keep going. This year’s IITPSA President’s Awards is no different, with organisers noting that it is still scheduled to go ahead, albeit with a few changes.

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) confirmed this week that its annual awards will continue, using online nominations and virtual meetings to support judging.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have illustrated how crucial ICT is to the functioning of all organisations, but enabling business as usual in this challenging time has put heavy pressure on ICT professionals,” explains IITPSA CEO, Tony Parry

“This year’s awards are therefore to be held with the theme ‘Excellence in Adversity’, and will celebrate those who enabled their organisations to survive and grow despite particularly challenging circumstances,” he adds.

In terms of awards this year, the organisation has called for IT professionals to make their nominations in the following categories:

The IT Personality Award – Recognises a highly respected and outstanding ICT professional who has made a significant technical or academic contribution to the industry, who has been successful in building a highly-respected IT organisation or business, who has made a major contribution to the IT profession over a number of years.

The Visionary CIO Award – Honours a CIO who has demonstrated visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business who has established best practice in implementing technology solutions in an organisation.

The Technology Excellence Award – Presented to a person or team who has made exceptional or innovative use of technology for an organisation who has exhibited technological excellence that has delivered measurable benefit for business or South African economy.

The Social Responsibility/Community Award  – Presented to a person, team or project that delivers the benefits of IT on a not-for-profit basis into the community or brings the community into the IT space.

Nominations are slated to close on 20th October, and can be made online here.

As for the President’s Awards itself, at this stage IITPSA says it is planning to host it sometime in the first quarter of 2021, but a precise date is unknown at the time of writing.

“IITSPA aims to hold the awards ceremony in the first quarter of 2021, circumstances permitting,” the organisation concluded.