Computerworld Honors Program Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Information Technology
SAN FRANCISCO – APRIL 4, 2005 – In a formal ceremony yesterday at San Francisco City Hall, the Chairmen's Committee of the Computerworld Honors Program honored the 2005 Computerworld Honors laureates. One hundred and sixty men and women from around the world were presented with a Medal of Achievement and their case studies formally became part of the Global Archives. The laureates represent leading corporations, schools and universities, non-profit groups and government organizations, such as Cingular Wireless, Federal Express, GlaxoSmithKline, Home Depot, Intel, New York City Police, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and WebMD.
"The Computerworld Honors Medal of Achievement is presented annually to men and women around the world who have made outstanding progress for society through the visionary use of information technology," said Bob Carrigan, CEO and publisher of Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, and chairman of the Chairmen's Committee of the Computerworld Honors Program. "The innovators represented in this Collection have been recognized by the leading IT industry chairmen as true revolutionaries in their fields."
The 2005 Collection, which will now be archived in libraries, museums, and academic and research institutions around the world, will serve as primary source material for scholars and as a resource for individuals who hope to use information technology to create solutions to address their own challenges.
From more than 300 nominations submitted this year by the 100 industry chairmen and CEO's who serve on the program's Chairmen's Committee, 160 were honored as laureates at last night's ceremonies in San Francisco. Of these, 50 will be chosen by a panel of distinguished judges to attend the June 6, 2005 awards gala in Washington, D.C., where the 10 world finalists will be announced.
Case studies from the 2005 Computerworld Honors Collection will be available at http://www.cwheroes.org , the official site of the Computerworld Honors Program, where the entire Collection is available to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide. In addition, the Collection is distributed annually to the Honors Program's Archival Partners around the world. These partners include some of the world's finest research and scholarly institutions, each of which has generously agreed to include the Collection in its archives.
According to Dan Morrow, a founding director and chief historian for the Honors Program, "This year's laureates exemplify the very best in the creative use of IT in service to mankind. Their work and their stories are outstanding contributions to the history of the information technology revolution in every sense of the word, and, for the archives we serve all over the world, they are, truly, priceless."
Founded in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways across 10 categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation. Each year, the Computerworld Honors Chairmen's Committee nominates organizations who are using information technology to improve society for inclusion in the Computerworld Honors Online Archive and the Collections of the Global Archives. The Global Archives represents the 100-plus institutions from more than 30 countries that include the Computerworld Honors Collection in their archives and libraries.
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