Prenominations are open for the 2024 ORBIE Awards. Please note that you and the potential nominee will not be alerted to next steps until nominations officially open. Anyone in the community may nominate, and there is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit. The best nominations are from trusted business partners and colleagues who know and are known by the nominee.
When everything works perfectly, no one seems to notice the IT teams responsible for the innovative technology and complex, secure systems required to support modern business and commerce. Until now…
The ORBIE® Award recognizes Chief Information Officers – and for the first time ever, Chief Information Security Officers – for leadership excellence and the business value created through technology innovation.
The ORBIE Awards are presented annually by ChicagoCIO, the preeminent peer leadership network of Chicagoland Chief Information Officers. ChicagoCIO brings together technology executives from our region’s largest public and private companies, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations to connect, recognize and inspire CIOs to achieve their leadership potential.
Anyone may nominate a deserving CIO and/or CISO. However, the best nominations are from trusted business partners and colleagues who know and are known by the nominee.
In 1998, the first ORBIE Awards were presented to three deserving Chief Information Officers in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2023, the ORBIE Awards will be presented in 30 cities, cumulatively recognizing over 1,000 finalists and over 500 CIO winners. Only those who accept their nomination are considered eligible to be named finalists or winners.
The Crain's Chicago will announce the ORBIE finalists in print and online editions on February 13, 2023. All finalists and their organizations are profiled in a Crain's Chicago special section printed the week of the ORBIE Awards.
Chicago ORBIE nominees must meet the following requirements:
Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients.
An independent, peer-review process led by prior ORBIE winners from across the U.S. determines the finalists and winners. Finalists are slated into categories based upon the size and scope of organization and responsibilities. Sponsors and staff are not involved in judging and results are not announced until the ORBIE Awards event.
The ORBIE Awards is an academy-style awards program featuring a prominent leadership keynote, video interviews of all finalists, and the presentation of the prestigious ORBIE trophies attended by hundreds of business and technology executives.
ORBIE Finalists and winners appreciate being nominated and frequently thank the person and organization who nominated them at Awards events and even at the Awards event as they accept their ORBIE.
Nominating CIOs or CISOs you know is a great way to invest in relationships with CIOs, CISOs and equivalent c-level technology executives.