2007 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2007, Accenture announced the winner of the 2007 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

Juvenile Justice Fund and Fulton County Children’s Advocacy Center
Juvenile Justice Fund (JJF) identifies and responds to the unmet needs of children and families coming through the Juvenile Justice System and other related community support services. The Fulton County Children’s Advocacy Center (FC CAC) responds to child maltreatment reports including prevention, investigation, prosecution and protection through treatment and healing.

To centralize and share information about Fulton County’s abused and at-risk children with police officers, social workers, prosecutors, judges, mental health providers, educators, advocates and medical professionals, JJF and FC CAC partnered to develop a custom computerized Child Abuse Case Tracking Information Systems (CACTIS). Prior to this centralization, only a handful of cases were reviewed sporadically, info was not easily accessible and follow up on recommendations was nonexistent. Now, complete information is available to all constituents through a secure, yet collaborative case file that facilitates a more effective and timely team response. CACTIS remains the first interagency case-tracking system of its kind in Georgia. Learn more at www.juvenilejusticefund.org.

We also congratulate our two finalists:

Bobby Dodd Institute
Founded in 1960 in honor of Bobby Dodd, the legendary Georgia Tech football coach, the Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) is a full-service training and employment program for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages. Within Atlanta there are more than 200,000 working age people with disabilities and this segment of our community faces a 65% unemployment rate.

Tripling the organization’s size and scope over the last five years, BDI adopted a 3-year tech plan in 2005 to increase value to clients, stakeholders, donors and customers. As part of the plan, BDI launched two mobile classrooms for its Work & Progress program and Explorers program for students transitioning from school to work. BDI implemented vocational evaluation software and a computer-based testing format to increase the quantity and quality of its vocational evaluations. Also a webpage was launched in October 2006 to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and promote BDI programs and services, increasing hits to BDI’s website from 1,141 to 18,887 in October 2006. Finally, BDI also relies on technology to keep its overhead low and maximize earnings on the sale and service of laser toner cartridges, a business that employs people with disabilities and earns the agency almost $1 million annually. Learn more at www.bobbydodd.org.

The Well Project
The Well Project, launched in 2003, is an initiative conceived, developed and administered by HIV+ women and those affected by the disease. Its mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women. The organization develops new resources and partnerships to educate, nurture and support the community of HIV+ women, their caregivers and health care providers.

Research shows that 85% of U.S. women have access to email so The Well Project developed a comprehensive web portal to share research and treatment information and increase the global awareness. With more than 140 fact sheets, data sets, downloadable presentations and slides, the web portal is currently available in English and Spanish, and a French version is slated to be available mid-2007. Since 2004, the portal has tracked a unique visitor rate of 63,000 per month – primarily during working hours, indicating that physicians and caretakers are using the site. Learn more at www.thewellproject.org.


2007 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel

An esteemed panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities will assess the candidates.

Mark Hawn, Global Managing Director, Sales Effectiveness – Accenture
Jim Lester, Former SVP, Global Technology Strategy – AFLAC
Kristin Kirkconnell, VP & CIO – AGL Resources
Dan Crowe, CIO – AutoTrader.com
Cindy Tierney, SVP & CIO – Beazer Homes
Fran Dramis, Former EVP, Chief Information, eCommerce & Security Officer – BellSouth
Larry Frey, VP & CIO – BlueLinx Corporation
Bill Regehr, SVP of Information Technology – Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Darryl Lemecha, CIO & SVP Shared Services – ChoicePoint
Kathy Colbenson, CEO – CHRIS Kids
Greg Morrison, VP & CIO – Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Jon Kerner, CIO & Group VP of Operations – Earthlink
Rob Webb, CIO – Equifax
Frank Bell, Founder & CEO – Intellinet
Don Riley, CIO – Mohawk Industries
Larry Clark, Managing Director & CIO – Randstad
Wesley W. McDowell, VP & CIO Georgia Region – Southern Company
Bob DeRodes, EVP & CIO – The Home Depot
Darnell Anderson, President & CEO – The People Network, Inc.
Barb Kunkel, CIO – Troutman Sanders LLP
Scott Teissler, EVP & CTO – Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Betty Hanacek, VP Information Resources – United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Dave Barnes, SVP & CIO – UPS

2007 Technology Innovation Award Nominees

21st Century Leaders
Amario’s Art Academy for the Gifted and Talented
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Bobby Dodd Institute
Childspring International
Communities In Schools of Atlanta
Community Health Charities of Georgia
Family Connection Partnership
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb
Hands On Atlanta
Health Students Taking Action Together
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
Inner Harbour
Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc.
Juvenile Justice Fund and Fulton County Children’s Advocacy Center
Living Room, Inc.
MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta
Special Olympics Georgia
Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation
The Education Path
The Giving Tree
The IMPACT! Group
The Well Project

Trees Atlanta
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper