PIN Awards

PIN Awards recognize communities and student collaborative teams who are making an impactful and transformative difference in local Georgia communities.

While most focus on corporations or individuals, we recognize collaborative teams accomplishing meaningful community research with smart technologies in the areas such as sustainability, resiliency, and inclusivity. Many small-scale community research projects that result in strong partnerships, high-level outcomes, and productive research teams go unrecognized for their efforts, but we recognize that these projects are the cornerstone of advancing Georgia’s communities.

For Those Who Do the Hard Work

The submission window has been extended and nominations will now be open until October 15th, with winners announced in November. The judges for this competition are a distinguished group of both academia and private sector smart city leaders. Team members will receive a cash award to further their goals. The winning teams will be invited to participate in an upcoming webinar, where they can amplify the impact.

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Student Award

Catalyzing Student-Driven Community Research

In this inaugural award offering, we seek to showcase Georgia students leading projects resulting in impactful and transformative “smart” change. Nominees should:

• Show a clear connection between the project work and this year’s theme: Be the Changemaker: Catalyzing Student-Driven Community Research with projects that have outcomes with clear relationships to innovative and impactful “smart” solutions in local communities
• Be comprised of teams of college students working on a “smart” community project such as a capstone, design studio, internship, volunteer work, etc. with preference given to multidisciplinary, experiential learning
• Work should have occurred within the general timeframe between the months of January 2020 and August 2021 with preference to student teams that have strong ongoing relationships with local universities and communities
• Work must have a tangible outcome that has public benefit, ideally with noted milestones such as publications, presentations or other recognition.

Nominations can be submitted by either the organization/team involved with the Project, or someone on behalf of the organization/team.

For questions about the student awards, please contact Kristi Kirkland, kristi.kirkland@gatech.edu.

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Community Award

Cultivating Change Through Crisis

We champion Community Research Co-Creation Project teams, initiatives facilitated by a team consisting of a community/municipality and a researcher from a local higher education institution. Nominees should have focused on addressing the effects of Covid-19 and:

• Show a clear connection between the project work and this year’s theme: Cultivating Change Through Crisis with preference to projects that have outcomes with clear relationships to innovative solutions to challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
• Be a joint effort between a local university researcher and a community with preference for projects with team members from multiple, comprehensive and state universities, state colleges, technical colleges, and HBCUs.
• Have completed work which generally occurred between the months of January 2020 - August 2021
• Have work that shows a tangible outcome that has public benefit preferably with noted milestones.
• Feature multidisciplinary work and ideally feature interdisciplinary sciences, sectors, or departments.

Nominations can be submitted by either the organization/team involved with the Project, or someone on behalf of the organization/team.

For questions about the community awards, please contact Stephanie Broxton, stephanie.broxton@innovate.gatech.edu.

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