EVENT: Learn how to apply for the UC Tech Awards Program at an info session in April

UC Tech Award Infosession

By Laurel Skurko. Are you considering applying or nominating someone for the UC Tech Awards this year? Join one of the information sessions with the program director at the UC Office of the President to learn how to submit your application/nomination. To learn more and apply now, please visit UC Tech Awards 2024 applications and nomination background and application page.

The following sessions are available to assist you with the application process.

UC Tech Awards Program applications & nominations info session dates and times

Information to help prepare your application

Please use this template/form to apply. It also includes all eligibility information, awards criteria and other tips to help you shape a 1.5-2 page narrative.


  1. Individuals or teams, including those who were equally involved in large projects.
  2. Staff and faculty employed by the University of California.
  3. Technology-centered functions, including technology, research, academic, and business support units.
  4. Those working in cross-location and cross-functional teams are encouraged to participate or nominate their colleagues.
  5. The project must have been operational in the last 3 years

UC Tech Annual Awards Categories

The UC Tech Award program recognizes individuals and teams whose work in tech is transforming the organization. It represents an expansion of the UC Tech Sautter Awards program, which has been celebrating innovation and excellence in IT at the University of California since 2001. Today, there are 7 awards categories: 

  1. Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology
  2. DEI Leadership Award (For individuals only)
  3. IT Security Award
  4. Yvonne Tevis UC Collaboration Award 
  5. Mojgan A. Amini Operational Excellence Award 
  6. Design Award 
  7. Sustained Impact Award (For individuals only) 

Selection Criteria

The IT Leadership Council selection committee (5 members of the IT Leadership Council whose members rotate on an annual basis) assesses submissions along the following criteria:

1. Complexity – How complex was/were the problem(s) addressed?
2. Impact – How impactful was the work – number of individuals impacted, and/or depth of impact?
3. Mission alignment – Does the work advance the university’s mission or key values of access, affordability, and excellence

Application Instructions

The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, May 1, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. Use one form per application.

The information you will need to apply/nominate a colleague:

  1. Name, title, and email of the person submitting the application/recommendation.
  2. Name of individual or team being proposed for an award (Please limit team names to 60 characters)
  3. A descriptive narrative about the person or team – explaining their eligibility based on the criteria for that award (up to 2 pages – 1,000 words) and includes:
    1. Describe the initiative(s) or portfolio of work that supports the nomination.
    2. How they meet selection criteria (complexity, impact, and mission alignment)
    3. How their success is measured/quantified
    4. The time during which the work was done.
  4. Both a 60-word limit elevator pitch, and a 250-word summary to post in the UC IT blog.

Benefits of participation:

Winners and all applicants will receive recognition for professional achievements which will be shared with UC tech colleagues, including senior leaders, as well as the larger UC community. Benefits of participating: 

  1. Winners (one gold and one silver award for each category), will be honored during an awards ceremony dinner;
  2. Winners will receive significant visibility via press;
  3. Winners will receive professional awards ceremony photos and a video
  4. Applicants will have their application read by CIOs;
  5. Applicants for a category will be invited to participate in networking events to meet colleagues and others interested in their work;
  6. All applications will be published online.
  7. And more

Background on the UC Tech Awards Program

The UC Tech Awards program, founded in 2001, celebrates UC employees’ achievements in designing, implementing, or managing high-impact technology initiatives that drive digital transformation. It promotes increased engagement in the UC Tech community by recognizing the technology contributions of university faculty and staff across a range of roles, including IT, research, academia, and business. Explore the 2023 UC Tech Awards Program winners

2024 UC Tech Awards Timeline 

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – Applications are due at 5 p.m. Consider working with the UC Tech Conference Ambassadors or a communications professional at your location to finalize and upload your application if you would like.
  • ~Monday, June 17, 2024 – Applicants receive the judging results after the CIO Selection Committee has reviewed all applications.
  • Monday, October 28, 2024 – Winners announced at the UC Tech Awards Program Ceremony at the UC Tech Conference. All applications, whether winners or not, will have their application published online.


Contact: UC Tech Awards Program Director: Laurel Skurko at Laurel.Skurko@UCOP.edu

Review this UC Tech 2024 Info Session Deck. or join/contact us for more details.


Laurel Skurko, Marketing & Communications, IT Services, UC Office of the President

Laurel Skurko
Marketing & Communications
UC Office of the President