Who are your rising stars?

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Nominations are open for the 2023 Rising Stars program. We're looking to spotlight innovators across federal, state and local governments and up-and-coming talent at contracting firms.

True government innovation takes a lot — strong leadership, organizational buy-in, talented industry partners, new technologies and, of course, individual change agents.

That's why we're so excited about this year's Rising Star Awards — a joint effort of Nextgov/FCW and Route Fifty – showcasing the up-and-comers who are driving change across federal, state and local government. 

We're looking for early-career phenoms whose leadership, innovation and all-around extra effort are having a powerful and positive impact.

Anyone in the government IT community is eligible — military and civilian, career and political, contractor, academic and association expert alike. Nominees must be less than 10 years into their government IT careers, and winners are chosen for their impact, so be sure to explain what a nominee did and what all that work accomplished.

Nominations for 2023 Rising Stars are now open, so submit yours today!

And please spread the word, and help us celebrate all the top drivers of government innovation.

To submit a nomination or learn more information, visit our nomination website