An Expanded and Enhanced International ICT Awards Philippines for 2020
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) has announced the 14th annual International ICT Awards Philippines to be held on 2 April, 2020 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. The International ICT Awards Philippines recognizes outstanding companies in achieving excellence in ICT services with Globe Business and PLDT Enterprise as Title Sponsors.  The 2020 event will be expanded in scope with enhanced judging procedures.

The theme for the 2020 International ICT Awards Philippines will be Transcending Excellence.

The official endorsements recognizing the ICT Awards will be continued
The prestigious endorsements in 2018 by the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) in 2019 assured the stature of the ICT Awards as the premier ICT Awards program in the Philippines. Repeat official endorsements from these three entities will be sought as well as additional official endorsements by two international organizations supporting ICT development.

An Internationally recognized ICT expert will be appointed as Independent Professional Adviser for the event. Mr. Mon Ibrahim, former DICT Undersecretary, will be the Senior Adviser for the 2020 ICT Awards.

The importance of sustainability will be added as a relevant judging criteria
Support to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) will be incorporated in the judging criteria for all categories and A Third Premier Award will be added for the Best Company Contributing ICT Services for Sustainable Development in the Philippines.

A major expansion of award categories will be launched in 2020
In addition to continuing the Premier and the Select Category Awards, the scope of the ICT Awards will be expanded significantly to include Sector Awards for the best companies using ICT services in a range of major industrial sectors.

Industry associations will be invited to be Partners for the new Sector Awards
In recognition of the wider ICT sector coverage, industry associations will be invited to be Sector Partners to support and publicize the Sector Awards in the upcoming year.

Eligibility criteria for Premier Awards will be more challenging
To be eligible for a Premier Award, companies must be nominated for and be a Finalist for at least one of the Select Category or Sector Awards. They will also need to have been in operation in the Philippines for at least three years.

The judging process will be enhanced with a separate verification stage
The highly respected and objective judging process will be augmented with a preliminary independent Verification Stage to ensure that information in the nominations matches the eligibility criteria and that all information needed is complete to facilitate judging.

Requirements for nominations will be announced and published three months prior to open for nominations.
To allow more time for preparation of nominations in the increasingly broad and competitive environment, the launching with complete documentation of the expanded categories and judging criteria will be published three months prior to opening of nominations.

Exclusivity for Select Category Award Sponsorships will be offered
In response to the continued support by repeat sponsors over the years, industry exclusivity will be given to Select Category Award  Sponsors and first right of refusal will be offered to those which had have Category Award Sponsors the immediate prior year.

Scheduled pre-events will be enhanced
Prior to the Awards Gala Night in 2020, three pre-events will be scheduled including: the Media Launch on 23 September 2019 at SEDA Vertis North to formally start of the ICT Awards 2020; an Appreciation Reception in November 2019 to recognize the 2019 Winners; a Close of Nominations Reception in February 2020 to recognize all the nominees of the ICT Awards in 2020 will be enhanced.

A spectacular Gala Evening Entertainment will be planned with hi-value raffle prizes
The Gala Awards Night for the International ICT Awards Philippines will be streamlined to accommodate the increased number of awards and with fewer, more spectacular entertainment and grander raffle prizes.