The "future cio" competition

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Essay Competition

  1. Background

The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) are committed to increase the quantity and quality of Hispanic professionals working in executive levels of corporate America. The “Future Chief Information Officer (CIO)” Competition will challenge our students and professionals to tell HITEC and SHPE about their vision and passion for Information Technology.
  1. Purpose

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is executive-level head of information technology within an organization. The CIO typically reports to the chief operations officer or the chief executive officer. The prominence of the CIO position has risen greatly as information technology has become a more important part of business. In some organizations, the CIO may be a member of the executive board of the organization. As information technology and systems have become more important, the CIO has come to be viewed in many organizations as a key contributor in formulating strategic goals. Typically, the CIO in a large enterprise delegates technical decisions to employees more familiar with details. Usually, a CIO proposes the information technology an enterprise will need to achieve its goals and then works within a budget to implement the plan. Typically, a CIO is involved with analyzing and reworking existing business processes, with identifying and developing the capability to use new tools, with reshaping the enterprise's physical infrastructure and network access, and with identifying and exploiting the enterprise's knowledge resources. Many CIOs head the enterprise's efforts to integrate the Internet and the World Wide Web into both its long-term strategy and its immediate business plans

The HITEC and SHPE The “Future Chief Information Officer (CIO)” Competition will ask our student and professional members to describe why they want to be a CIO, their vision of technology as an enabler and their understanding of how a CIO can help shape the future of a business. It will consist of a 300 word essay that will be judged by a panel composed of information technology executives from HITEC. The winning submission will be awarded a HITEC Mentorship that includes a year of mentorship by a CIO level executive from HITEC.

  1. The “Future CIO” Essay Requirements

Each submission must meet all of the following requirements or be disqualified from the competition:
    1. Each essay must be 300 words or less submitted in electronic format (.PDF)

    2. Each essay will be submitted by October 9th, 2009. No exceptions will be made.

    3. Each essay will be judged by a panel of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) executives.

    4. Winner will be notified via email and will be announced at the SHPE National Conference on October 29th, 2009. Winner will be invited to special acceptance ceremony on Capitol Hill.

  1. Submission

All submissions should be sent to:

Brenda Taylor

Assistant Executive Director, HITEC

  1. Timeline

September 21, 2009

Competition Opens

October 9, 2009

Competition Closes – Submissions must be received by COB 10/9/09

October 16, 2009

Winner will be notified by email

October 29, 2009

Winner will be announced at special ceremony at Capitol Hill

Judging of each essay submission will be based on the following criteria:
1. Clarity of why the participant wants to be a CIO and understanding of CIO role

2. Vision of how CIO can use technology and how it should be used in the information age

3. Opinion of how a CIO can help business innovate through use of information technology

4. Written essay quality (format, simplicity, etc.)

Therefore, submissions will be judged on all aspects of the essay. Grading rubrics will be supplied to all judges to ensure uniformity of grading.
Winner will receive a paid HITEC Mentorship for one year by pairing up the winner with a Fortune 500 CIO level executive who is a member of HITEC. Winner will go through matching process to ensure optimal alignment, effectiveness and productivity for mentee.
Intellectual Property
The contents of the essay submissions are the property of the participants. No concepts proposed during the HITEC and SHPE The “Future CIO” Competition may be used by any audience members, attendees or anyone acquiring the knowledge contained in essay submissions without the express written consent of the competition participant
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