Frequently Asked Questions

General information

What is the CTO of the Year award?
The CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of the Year award is a platform to promote the importance of technology and innovation in Europe. The award is given to the most prominent technology leaders of highly successful European companies: individuals, who are inspiring leaders and visionary technology managers. The award recognises the most successful technology leaders in two categories: SMEs and large corporations.

Who presents the award?
The CTO of the Year Europe is awarded by Orgalim, Spinverse and Eirma. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels at Orgalim’s conference “Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership” on 12 November 2019.

Qualification Criteria

Who can be nominated?
Candidates do not need to have the term ‘CTO’ in their job title – however they should be responsible for technology development within their respective companies. They should also have been in their position for more than 12 months.

What qualification criteria apply and in which categories is the award presented?
To qualify for the 2019 award, nominees should have recently created a positive change or impact on growth and innovation within their respective companies. The major part of the change or impact should have occurred approximately within the last year (12-18 months); however, the start or end point does not necessarily have to fall within this time frame.

The winner of CTO of the Year 2019 will be an innovative technology leader of a highly successful European company. This person should be both an inspiring leader and a visionary manager who is responsible for the company’s technology development at the highest level. The candidate’s company should have a technology-enabled, innovative and competitive product and/or service portfolio; should be already well-known or rapidly gaining recognition; and should strive for sustainability in its portfolio and/or operations.

The competition is open to both SMEs and large corporations, with evaluation criteria weighted in accordance with the company size. You can find more detailed criteria here.

Nomination process

How does the nomination process work?
Nominations are gathered through an open call. Candidates should be nominated by a third party using the nomination form, which can be found here:

What are the deadlines?
You can nominate your candidate from 27 June 2019 to 1 October 2019.

The selection process
After the nomination period all candidates are evaluated based on the award criteria and the jury will then select two finalists in both categories. The finalists will be announced at the beginning of October.

The finalists selected by the jury will be presented during the award ceremony, during which the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite candidate. Based on the award criteria and the audience’s vote, the jury will make the final selection of the winners.

Presentation of finalists

The 2019 finalists from both categories will be presented during the awards ceremony. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the finalist and participate in choosing the winner by voting for their favourite candidates.

The Award ceremony

When and where the winners be announced in 2019?
The winners will be announced during Orgalim’s conference Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership on 12 November in Brussels, following the live Q&A session.

What does the event entail?
The awards provide innovative CTOs and their companies with visibility and an opportunity to build their profile towards industry and EU stakeholders. The finalists will also benefit from the evaluation by our prestigious judging panel consisting of a broad range of professionals in the European technology field.


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