2009 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2009, Accenture announced the winner of the 2009 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

Tommy Nobis Center

The Tommy Nobis Center (TNC) develops the hidden talents of youth and adults with disabilities into prosperous job skills that make a powerful economic impact in our community. Since its founding in 1977, TNC has helped an estimated 20,000 individuals with disabilities find independence, confidence and workplace success.

The TNC staff evaluates and tracks current TNC clients and prospective clients using Microsoft Word, handwritten notes in file folders, and various and unrelated software programs. This is hardly an efficient model. TNC wishes to develop a fully integrated client tracking system to access and track their clients’ progress more quickly and accurately. TNC estimates a more efficient and automated system would enable them to serve approximately 10% more individuals with disabilities and shorten the wait-time for admission to the TNC program by two to four weeks – time critical to an unemployed individual. The increased efficiency will also produce better outcomes for individuals served, leading to more success stories to share with potential donors and volunteers which will impact fundraising, advocacy and volunteer success rates. Learn more at www.tommynobiscenter.org.

We also congratulate our two finalists:

Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia

This community-based organization, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, builds simple, decent houses for purchase by low-income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible home ownership. The financial support of House Sponsors such as businesses, congregations, schools and civic organizations, make Habitat homes possible and affordable within the communities of North Central Georgia.

In addition to financial support, House Sponsors typically provide most of the volunteer labor needed to build a Habitat house. Unfortunately, many of the potential supporters of Habitat are not part of a business or organization that sponsors a Habitat house. The agency desires to tap this potentially large pool of individuals and small groups and empower them with a new volunteer fundraising tool.

“My Habitat”, the working name for a proposed technology project, will enable individuals to create personalized web pages where they can share their Habitat stories, raise funds, solicit support, etc. My Habitat will give individuals and small groups all the tools necessary to garner support and achieve fundraising goals for their Habitat project.

Ultimately, the My Habitat web feature will enable Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia to more easily engage, educate and involve existing use of technology will enable donors to share (in their own words) the current impact of their experience and a vision of what is possible for others to achieve. Learn more at www.habitat-ncg.org.

Open Hand

Open Hand is in its 21st year of providing quality nutrition services for persons whose health impairs their ability to prepare meals for themselves. Daily, this organization prepares and delivers more than 4,500 nutritious meals throughout metropolitan Atlanta and is the only organization in Georgia devoted exclusively to meeting the nutrition needs of people with critical, chronic or terminal illness who have limited or no access to healthy foods.

Open Hand (OH) is a complex organization where daily operations include client services; communications with volunteers and supporters; menu planning; nutrition counseling; and purchasing, preparing and delivering meals. Currently, OH’s technology is a patchwork of systems that interconnect poorly. OH’s IT department is working toward a vision of one unified enterprise solution to manage the organization’s processes much more efficiently and effectively.

OH seeks to enhance and consolidate its multiple websites. The agency hosts a main informational website, a special events site, a website specifically for seniors and a community partners’ website. The individual sites are hosted by multiple hosting services which introduces the possibility of significant downtime risk and makes updating information a cumbersome process. Learn more at www.ProjectOpenHand.org.

2009 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel

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

Kevin Campbell
Group Chief Executive – Outsourcing
Hometown: Neenah, WI
Kevin Lilly
Former VP & CIO
AGCO Corporation
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Mark Sohl
Hometown: Miami, FL
Cindy Tierney
Beazer Homes USA, Inc.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2006, 2007, 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Larry Frey
Former VP & CIO
BlueLinx Corporation
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
History: 2008 Host and 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
Raúl Pino
Director, Planning and Strategy, Technology
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Rob Webb
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
History: 2007, 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Dave Kardesh
SVP & CTO of Retail Solutions
First Data Corporation
Hometown: Glenn Cove, NY
History: 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Joe Pekala
Graphic Packaging
Hometown: Madison, WI
Ed Steinike
ING Americas
Hometown: Wisconsin
History: 2007, 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2008 TIA Judge
Thomas Gaines
Chief of Information Services Strategy and Office Integration
King & Spalding
Hometown: Ft. Pierce, FL
Don Riley
Mohawk Industries
Hometown: San Jose, CA
History: 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Larry Clark
Former CIO
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2007, 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Wes McDowell
VP & CIO, Georgia Region
Southern Company
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Tim Sullivan
Corporate EVP & CIO
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Barb Kunkel
Troutman Sanders LLP
Hometown: Rochester, NY
History: 2007, 2008 Digital Ball Host and 2007, 2008 TIA Judge
Dan Darling
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Hometown: North Hampton, OH

2008 Technology Innovation Award Winner:

A.B. Short
CEO & Co-Founder
MedShare International
Hometown: Decatur, GA

2009 Technology Innovation Award Nominees

21st Century Leaders
A Friend’s House
The Adaptive Learning Center
The Amit Program
Atlanta Ballet, Inc.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Atlanta Police Foundation
The BeltLine Partnership
BlazeSports America
The Bridge, Inc.
Butler Street YMCA
Camp Kudzu, Inc.
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.
Clayton County Marriage & Family Initiative
Community Design Center of Atlanta, Inc.
Computers for Youth
Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA)
Create Your Dreams
Culture Connect, Inc.
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
DeKalb County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Inc.
Easter Seals North Georgia
The Edge Connection
Families First
Family Nurturing Center of Georgia
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
Friendship Force International
Georgia Cancer Foundation
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (Georgia CASA)
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Golden Key International Honour Society
Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc.
Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
Habitat Aid Initiative
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc.
Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation
Hope Clinic
Inner Harbour for Children and Families
Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc.
The Link Counseling Center
Literacy Action, Inc.
National Black Arts Festival
Odyssey Family Counseling Center
Open Hand
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV)
Porter Academy
Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
Safe America Foundation
Skyland Trail
Soccer in the Streets
Southeastern Horticultural Society
Southwest Christian Care
Special Olympics Georgia
Synchroncity Performance Group
Tapestry Youth Ministries
Tommy Nobis Center
ToolBank USA
Trees Atlanta
Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Visiting Nurse Health System
VSA arts of Georgia
Whitefoord Community Program Intel Computer Clubhouse
Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.
WIT Foundation
Women’s Economic Development Agency
Women’s Employment Opportunity Project, Inc.
Woodruff Arts Center
Young Survival Coalition Atlanta Affiliate
YWCA of Greater Atlanta