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Wimba Collaboration Suite™ Wins ‘Best Education Solution’ 2009 SIIA CODiE Award

Award Celebrates Technical Innovation and Excellence in Education

NEW YORK – May 12, 2009 – Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, announced that its Wimba Collaboration Suite™ won the “Best Education Solution” Award at the 2009 SIIA CODiE Finalist Showcase in San Francisco last week. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) annual CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries.

“We are thrilled to have peers in the software industry bestow the Wimba Collaboration Suite with the “Best Education Solution’ Award,” said Carol Vallone, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Wimba. “As judges tested and reviewed the Suite they experienced the benefits of dynamic interaction and powerful collaboration that hundreds of thousands of instructors and students enjoy on a daily basis around the world. This acknowledgement of Wimba’s innovation and excellence is truly an honor.”  

The Wimba Collaboration Suite enhances learning, improves outcomes and increases student retention.  By combining interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding, students and teachers are empowered with a unique collaborative environment that fosters dynamic interaction between students and instructors as well as peer-to-peer communication between students and faculty.

The Wimba Collaboration Suite was selected as a winner from among five other finalists in the Education Category after being reviewed and tested by a panel of eight industry experts.
Nearly 190 judges encompassing tech trade journalists, consultants, educators, IT and product specialists, and other knowledgeable, yet neutral, experts participated in the review and selection of the 71 winners.  345 Finalists had been chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies representing outstanding software products and services.

“Now in its 24th year, the CODiE Awards continue to recognize those companies providing the best new technology products and services across a broad array of industries,” noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “In addition, its winners are a prolific testament to the power of technology to deliver innovative solutions to businesses and consumers. SIIA warmly congratulates all of the winners and nominees of the CODiE Awards, whose innovation is essential for continuing America’s leadership in the global knowledge economy,” Wasch continued.

The Wimba Collaboration Suite includes:

  • Wimba Classroom™ - a robust, virtual learning environment that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display.

  • Wimba Pronto™ - the only instant messaging system designed for educators to advance and promote learning.

  • Wimba Voice™ - an audio solution that supports traditional communicative styles of language learning - all online.

  • Wimba Create™ - content authoring software that easily converts Word documents into content for online courses.