The AI Summit New York

The AI Innovator of the Year Awards

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The AI Innovator of the Year awards are a benchmark for industry excellence, recognizing the achievements of individuals instrumental in breakthrough innovation and cutting-edge application of AI in business.

Showcase yourself as an AI leader, celebrate your peers, or ensure one of your team get the recognition they deserve.

(Voting has now closed and the Shortlist will be announced soon.)

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The Categories:

Solutions Provider

This category is open to individuals who have demonstrated passion, skills, and world-class expertise in developing an AI technology or solution.


Solutions Implementor

This category is open to individuals who have developed in-house innovation and successfully implemented AI to drive meaningful change and business growth for their brand.


Why Enter?

Achieve industry-wide recognition, boost your company profile, and showcase your brand and products.

The AI innovator of the year Awards are run in a collaboration with AI Business, which means even making the shortlist provides global exposure to you or your projects. Those on the shortlist will also receive complimentary tickets to the AI Summit New York in December, so you can soak up the knowledge, network and then join the rest of the shortlist for drinks.

The winners will be announced as part of the event, receiving trophies, bragging rights and the winner in each category will also be interviewed by the editorial team.


(Voting has now closed and the Shortlist will be announced soon.)

2021 Winners

AI Innovator of the Year - Solutions Provider

Solutions Provider 2021 winner

Gina Schaefer, Deloitte

Schaefer was recognized for spearheading the launch of Deloitte’s US Intelligent Automation practice five years ago. This practice helps large enterprises implement AI-enabled technologies to reimagine business processes. Within a year of launching, the motion exploded from a headcount of zero to 200, generating almost $500 million in sales revenue.

AI Innovator of the Year - Solutions Implementor

Solutions Implementor 2021 winner

Bjorn Austraat, Truist

Austraat’s executive leadership is credited with leading to the implementation of continuous AI model implementation techniques – known as ModelOps – that are expected to significantly accelerate workflows for stakeholders including machine learning experts. He was also responsible for designing and executing the inaugural Truist Natural Language Processing Summit, a cross-functional showcase for 55+ business and technical stakeholders for identifying synergy and project opportunities.

I work for an agency, can I nominate a client?

(Voting has now closed and the Shortlist will be announced soon.)

Can I nominate multiple people/projects from the same business?

Yes, providing each unique nomination is fine. What we do not allow is duplicate nominations (same name, same reasoning multiple times) – this will not give you a greater chance at being shortlisted and may result in the nomination being disqualified.

Is there a deadline for nomination?

Yes, nominations will close at midnight on October 10, 2022. There is no opportunity for extension. 

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