The GITA Innovator Award evolved out of GITA's original Pioneer Award, which recognized the technological achievements of early adopters of GIS when few recognized the merits of the then-fledgling technology. Today, this award recognizes the affiliate organizations that have pushed the envelope of geospatial technology through the innovative development of a unique technology, service, or application to produce a new benefit stream for geospatial technology users. Candidates for this award include organizations whose vision and forward thinking has resulted in the successful implementation of a new and original geospatial application (or technology) that benefits their customers. As a leading-edge provider of education and information for the worldwide geospatial community, GITA gives this award to honor and recognize innovation in its many forms. Nominations are open to any affiliate organization, including government agencies and nonprofits.