For Immediate Release
June 28, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston has been recognized for three innovative programs by the Computerworld Honors Program “honoring those who use Technology to Benefit Society”. The Computerworld Honors Program, sponsored and run by Computerworld, an industry magazine, has selected 263 Laureates for 2011.
“We are thrilled with the recognition that these three exceptional programs have received,” Mayor Menino said. “All three demonstrate a contribution to improving the lives of all our citizens from lifesaving information, to providing information on youth programs and bringing technology awareness to families in the city.”
For over two decades, the Computerworld Honors Program has recognized individuals and organizations who create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.
“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change," said John Amato, Publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”
The 2011 Laureates were recognized publicly at the Laureate Medal Ceremony on June 20 in Washington D.C. During the ceremony, the BOSTONavigator program was awarded the 21st Century Achievement Award, as the most outstanding program from among the finalists of the Human Services Laureate winners. Case studies are formally inducted into the program's International Archives, and honorees are presented with a medallion inscribed with the program's mission, “A Search for New Heroes.” The three distinguished City of Boston programs that have been awarded the Computerworld Honors laureate include:
BOSTONavigator – honored with the 21st Century Achievement Award winner in the Human Services category. The new BOSTONavigator website is a directory of nearly 750 organizations and over 1,700 opportunities. It helps youth, parents and youth workers find information about out of school time programming including sports, arts, academic support and a variety of other program types. This new effort arms city and community agencies with the technology they need to work together to connect youth with valuable opportunities.
Boston EMS AED Alert – honored in the Health category. With the goal of improving and increasing bystander CPR and ultimately saving more lives, staff from Boston EMS’ Dispatch Operations as well as RTQI (Research, Training, and Quality Improvement) has implemented an addition to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to show the location of hundreds of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across the city. The improved system, known as AED Alert allows Boston EMS 911 call takers to identify the location of the nearest AED unit once an address is entered. Boston EMS’ RTQI has developed an extensive list of more than 900 AED locations and the database continues to grow.
Technology Goes Home (TGH) – honored in the Training/Education category. The goal of the program is to assist residents to be active users of Internet resources in an effort to improve the quality of their lives. TGH is an innovative program that provides Boston families with 15 hours of training offered in multiple languages, a netbook computer for $50 and assistance in finding low cost connections to the Internet. The focus of the program demonstrates to families how they can use the Internet to Live, Learn, Earn, Work, and Play.
“The City of Boston continues to focus on projects that make a difference in people’s lives. Each of these initiatives use technology to bring our citizens closer to the services they need. We appreciate the recognition of Computerworld’s Honors program,” Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston said.
About 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. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website: http://www.cwhonors.org/.