Annual Achievement Awards 2024 Overview

GBA Annual Achievement Awards

GBA Anual Achievement Awards

Each year, the GBA gives out Annual Achievement Awards for Leadership, Innovation, Social Impact, and Courage. In 2023, the Organization Award was added. These awards are given to individuals who have achieved outcomes that benefit a wider circle of influence than just themselves; they have forged a more perfect union between governments and the citizens they serve. Their accomplishments have contributed to enhancing justice, domestic tranquility, and support the common defense of citizens’ rights and welfare while securing the blessings of liberty in a free society.

Rising to the Top:

Recognizing Outstanding Achievements in Blockchain Technology


Leadership is the act of leading a group of people or an organization. Exceptional leaders provide freedom of thought, resources, support, encouragement, and challenge. Chasing bold goals, leaders inspire others to go beyond what they believe they could, and then reward them for trying.  They are pioneers of change with a tangible track record of results. Leading by example, they inspire others to take smart risks, bringing positive advancement to the professional lives of their group. This award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on advancing the theory and practice of blockchain technology while benefiting the welfare of many.


Innovation is turning an idea or invention into a product or service that creates value for people and organizations. We are looking for the application of blockchain-related ideas that are novel and useful but also applied and scaled. These applications must further satisfy the needs and expectations of users in the public or private sector.  An innovative solution has been implemented if it has been introduced, adopted, and solves a real-world problem. In this time of unprecedented change, what may have helped an organization be successful in the past might not be effective today. We are looking for individuals that adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of their constituents and stakeholders, both for now, and the foreseeable future.

Social Impact

Social Impact is the effect that an individual or organization has on the wellbeing of the community, society, or world at large. Similar to social good, social impact brings about results that are more widespread, even life-changing. This requires a significant shift in the vision, the trajectory, or the culture of a society.  To really make a social impact requires action more than just ideas. However, this kind of change takes time. With a clear vision of what could be, one individual or organization can start the process to bring real and lasting social impact. That is who we seek to honor with this award.


Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyways. (As spoken by John Wayne). Blockchain is challenging the traditional paradigms, norms, and power structures of today. Most people do not understand the impact of this technology, while others do understand it, and feel threatened. This presents great potential for opposition, fear, and doubt. Sometimes navigating uncharted waters means taking risks for a vision that no one else sees. True courage is standing for one’s convictions, and not backing down to popular or powerful opinion, even at the risk of great personal loss. Courage is speaking up for what you believe must be said, no matter the cost, for not speaking would be cowardice. Courageous people are willing to endure personal sacrifice for the betterment of others and to defend values such as liberty, integrity, and justice.


The Organization that qualifies for the Organizational Award brings together a group of people to solve challenges, eliminate waste, promote justice, improve results, and even change paradigms, by using blockchain technology. An organization that qualifies is exceptional in their creativity, effective in their implementation, and ground-breaking with their results. Organizational winners create an atmosphere where the individuals can thrive, and where synergy creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its’ parts. Winning organizations make an impact that reverberates around the world.

Do you know someone who qualifies?

 We welcome you to nominate them for one, (or more), of these awards.

Nominations are open from July of the previous year until February of the award year. Candidates can be from around the world, and winners will be announced in May from stage at The Future of Money, Governance, and the Law conference in Washington, DC. Nominees do not need to be GBA members, but once a finalist is chosen, they will be given the choice to either become a GBA member at that time, or potentially forfeit the award, (if they are chosen as winner).

All nominations are sent to the past winners to choose 3 finalists per award. The 15 finalists are then posted on the GBA site for the entire global GBA community to vote for their favorite candidate during the month of March. Finalist nominations close April 1, and winners are announced at the AAA ceremony during the conference. However, all finalists are notified in March and given 2 complimentary tickets to the conference and the reception.

May the odds be ever in your favor.