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Award Events

For over 23 years, the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards have recognized over 1,000 technology executives for outstanding leadership and the business value created by technology innovation. For the first time ever, ORBIE winners from chapters across the US will participate in the National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards, presented by InspireCIO.


Nominee Event

April 28, 2021 • 4:00 P.M. EDT

All CIOs nominated for the CIO of the Year Awards are invited to attend the Nominee Event. Attendance is limited to CIO nominees, CIO members, CIO guests and select sponsor executives.

Finalist Event

June 21, 2021 • 12:00 P.M. EDT

The Finalist Event honors CIO finalists in categories such as Nonprofit/Public Sector, Corporate, Enterprise and Global. Gold sponsors introduce the incoming CIO of the Year finalists. Attendance is limited to CIO finalists, CIO members, CIO guests and select sponsor executives.

Wine Experience

July 15, 2021 • 7:00 P.M. EDT

The most exclusive event in the CIO of the Year program is the Wine Experience. This event includes a flight of sommelier selected wines, and attendance is limited to CIO finalists, CIO members and select sponsor executives. Sponsor executives are personally introduced by a CIO, who has the opportunity to share personal anecdotes and serve as an advocate for their most trusted business partners. The collegial format creates a unique opportunity for strengthening existing relationships and establishing new connections.

ORBIE Awards

July 22, 2021 • 8:00 P.M. EDT

The ORBIE Awards presentation, the largest and final event each year, is a professionally produced ceremony honoring all CIO finalists and revealing the award winners. The program features a high-profile executive keynote along with video introductions of the finalists and select sponsors. Sponsors engage in exclusive relationship building activities during the program.

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