Computerworld Honors Program Announces Recipients for Its 21st Century Achievement Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA – June 06, 2008 -The Computerworld Honors Program announced the Finalists and recipients of its 2008 21st Century Achievement Awards Program Monday evening during a Gala Awards Ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society. The award recipients represent ten industry and government sectors in the U.S. and worldwide.

The recipients of the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Awards are:

In the category of Business & Related Services, the award recipient is:

Deaf Link Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)

In the category of Education & Academia, the award recipient is:

Arizona Telemedicine Program (Tucson, Arizona)

In the category of Environment, Energy & Agriculture, the award recipient


The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Maritime Research and the Center

for Marine Environmental Sciences (Germany)

In the category of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate the award recipient is:

State Street Corp., Global Infrastructure Services (Boston, Massachusetts.)

In the category of Government, the award recipient is:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Customs and Border Protection

(Springfield, Virginia)

In the category of Healthcare, the award recipient is:

Emergency Management and Research Institute (Secunderabad, India)

In the category of Manufacturing, the award recipient is:

Embraer SA (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

In the category of Media, Arts & Entertainment, the award recipient is:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)

In the category of Non-Profit Organizations, the award recipient is:

Byrraju Foundation (Scarborough, Maine)

In the category of Transportation, the award recipient is:

BNSF Railway Co. (Fort Worth, Texas)

"For the 20th consecutive year, the Computerworld Honors Program has identified the most innovative organizations and people who use technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change," said Ron Milton, executive vice president of Computerworld. "IDG is proud to recognize both the Laureates and the 21st Century Achievement Award recipients from around the world."

Since 1988, members of the Chairmen's Committee have identified the organizations whose use of information technology has been especially noteworthy for the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision and the significance of its benefit to society. These organizations were asked to contribute a case study to the program's collection, and the donation of these case studies was celebrated with a formal medal ceremony where an accepted case study Laureate from each organization was publicly recognized.

From the Laureates in each of 10 categories, a panel of judges selected 50 Finalists, five in each category (additional information about the judges can be accessed at The Finalists, as well as the 10 organizations selected by the judges as first among their peers within the Finalists, were announced during the Gala Awards Evening. The 10 organizations received the 21st Century Achievement Awards.

In addition, the following individual awards were presented during the Computerworld Honors Program Gala Awards Evening:

The EMC Information Leadership Award

John White, head of manufacturing at The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC's RBS

Americas unit

The Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce

Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO, Research In Motion Ltd.

The IBM Global Public Sector Innovation Excellence Leadership Award

Richard Williams, vice president and group CIO, AstraZeneca PLC

About the Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. In its 20th year, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society.

Each year, the program's Chairmen's Committee, a group of 100 Chairmen/CEOs of global technology companies, nominates individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary application of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress. Nominations are evaluated by an independent board of CIO-level judges who select Laureates, Finalists and award recipients, in 10 industry-related categories, to be honored at the Laureate Medal Ceremony. This year's ceremony and accompanying Gala Awards Evening took place on June 2, 2008 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories can be found at the Computerworld Honors website:

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.