Join & Save–Owler on the CODiE Awards

titleThis blog was written by : Tim Harsch, Co-Founder & Director of Product, Owler.

 

 

We at Owler have long been fans of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). When the founding team was at Jigsaw we were members, and one of the first things that we did when Owler was founded was to join SIIA.

As part of both the software and information industries, it is invaluable to be able to connect with other leaders to discuss the challenges that we are all facing and to stay abreast of the latest trends and policies that affect us. More specifically, participating in the Content Division (CISD) has allowed us to ensure we are maintaining industry best practices as well as helping get our name out there to the community.

Last year we were honored to win a CODiE Award for Best Crowd Sourced Solution, recognizing our team’s hard work in developing a new platform for gathering data in an entirely different way.

CODiE’s are all peer-recognized awards and have a long history of over 29 years – making the distinction of winning that much more meaningful as a recognition of excellence within the industry.

Although we regrettably no longer qualify, the CODiE’s Join and Save program for new members is an ideal way for companies to get a head start in the industry by joining SIIA and earning a free award nomination for the CODiE’s as they do so. Nominations this year just opened and run through November 7. So if you aren’t yet a member, now is the perfect time to join! More details are available via the CODiE’s site here: http://www.siia.net/codies/2015/nominate.asp

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Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

What Winning a CODiE Award Means to Learnosity

titleThis blog was written by Patrick Gillett, Business Development, Learnosity.

 

While we always knew that SIIA and the CODiE Awards were influential, we did not anticipate the incredible impact that winning a CODiE Award has had for Learnosity.

Learnosity was thrilled to be nominated for a CODiE.  The evening event itself was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet C-level execs from some of the biggest companies in the education space, as well as from some smaller companies which are creating some really exciting EdTech products.

In our award category (Best K-12 Enterprise Solution) we were up against some fantastic products from both big and small companies.  Having our product named “the best” by independent judges was a great honor. For Learnosity, a relatively small company, to win is a true validation that this award is not based on past reputations, but rather on the strength of the product and the value that it brings to the industry.

What has really been impressive is the impact the award has made.  Since being named “the best”, the award has helped bring in new business, reopened previously shut doors and, of course, provided affirmation to our existing clients. Winning the CODiE has given us exposure on a national level and has delivered tangible sales and marketing benefits; we have definitely seen an increase in inbound leads since winning. The CODiE Awards have great brand recognition and immediately let people know that we are recognized as a key player in our field and that we are successfully providing innovative solutions for the difficult Common Core assessment challenges faced by our clients.

And we certainly haven’t been shy about telling the world about our CODiE Award; not only does the award itself take pride of place in our Dublin office, the CODiE Winner logo is front and center on our website and features heavily in our new marketing materials.  The visibility of our CODiE Award likely played a key role in Learnosity being named a “National Champion for Ireland,” by the European Business Awards.

Internally too, the CODiE Award has been a great recognition of the hard work and achievements of our insanely talented development team in Australia. The guys down under are that step removed from the market and don’t always hear the positive feedback from our clients. The award has really helped to motivate them and proves that what they are working on is truly helping shape education around the world. Making a difference is why most of us are in this business.  As “the best”, it’s clear that our work and vision are making a difference.

We continue to be grateful to SIIA and everyone who voted for The Learnosity Toolkit. We are constantly working to improve our product.  For us, being “the best” isn’t about a one-time award – it’s a constant commitment to deliver value and impact for our customers. We are looking forward to not only defending our title next year, but entering a couple more categories!

About Learnosity
Headquartered in Dublin and Sydney, Learnosity are a group of people who are passionate about transforming learning and assessment. We are committed to designing market-leading software which lets developers create exceptional assessment products; makes teachers’lives easier and above all instills a love of learning in students.

The Learnosity Toolkit is comprised of a suite of APIs which enable clients to easily incorporate interactive assessment, as well as authoring and reporting capabilities into their applications, eBooks and websites. By providing the the core building blocks of any digital assessment product yet leaving the end design decisions in the hands of our clients we help our partners to build better products with less time and money.

 

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Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

Celebrate the Evolution of Ed Tech with the CODiE Awards

Blog written by: Annabel Cellini, Senior Vice President, North American Strategy & Marketing, Pearson

Over the past decade, Pearson has undergone a digital transformation that mirrors what schools around the world have experienced. We have changed from a traditional print publishing company to a leader in the development of digital learning solutions that personalize learning, transform instruction and enable educators to leverage technology to make all types of critical educational decisions while creating a connected and collaborative learning community.

Our company’s involvement with the SIIA CODiE Awards has provided us with valuable feedback during this evolution. The program’s pool of expert judges has provided us with new and insightful perspectives on our learning solutions that have helped inform both our positioning and future developments.

Proudly with nine CODiE winners and 72 finalists over just the past five years, Pearson has had much to celebrate as a result of SIIA’s prestigious awards program. Our finalists and winners illustrate the depth and breadth of our offerings from adaptive learning programs for higher education and online professional development solutions for K-12 educators to student information systems and mobile learning solutions. And, while each product proudly displays the prestigious CODiE Award seal, our greatest pride is in being able to participate in this industry-wide program, celebrating the best-of-the-best with other education technology innovators from around the world.

It is an exciting time to be in education. SIIA’s CODiE awards are the perfect showcase for all of the amazing developments in the field of education. With the kick-off of the 2015 CODiE Award nominations, we look forward to another terrific year of competing – and collaborating – with our colleagues in this industry as we strive to develop solutions that will improve learning outcomes for all students.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

CODiE Awards Judge Webinar: How to Judge a CODiE Award

On October 6, 2014 we hosted a CODiE Awards webinar specifically for the Content, Education, and Software judges. The primary purpose of the webinar was to provide important information about the judging process, including responsibilities for all categories.

During the webinar we covered:

  • How to nominate
  • A review of the new categories
  • What happens during the first-round judging process
  • The complete CODiE Awards timeline
  • Tips and Tricks

What’s New with the CODiEs?

This year marks the 30th anniversary for the SIIA CODiE Awards!  Every summer, our divisional leadership undertakes an extensive review of the CODiE Award categories and judging criteria to ensure we are staying relevant to changes the industry and identifying the very best products. Changes for 2015 include:

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Please make a careful review of our 2015 category listings to see where your products will shine the most! If you need any assistance selecting a category please contact Angel Scott at ascott@siia.net or +1. 415.654.5422.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

Nominations Now Open for the 30th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

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SIIA today opened nominations for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards. The 2015 CODiE Awards feature 14 new and updated categories, reflecting the dramatic changes in technology and business models impacting the software and information industries. The CODiE Awards have been the premier award for the software and information industries for 29 years. The awards program has three tracks organized by industry focus: Content, Education and Software.

Content: The SIIA Content CODiE Awards showcase the information industry’s finest products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.

Education: The SIIA Education CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

Software: The SIIA Software CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services that are developed by independent software vendors (ISVs) for use in business, government, academic, or other organizational settings.

“For the past 29 years innovators in the software, education and content industries have showcased what excellence looks like,” said SIIA President Ken Wasch. “We are truly excited to see what they bring to the judges this year.”

Winners will be announced in May and June and celebrated during a special event for each category segment. More information on these events will be posted on the CODiE Awards website as it becomes available.

For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies. To see how some recent CODiE Award winners describe their achievement, watch the Attributions to Success Video Series.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

What It Takes To Be A CODiE Awards Judge

It’s that time of year again, the CODiE Awards. SIIA’s annual CODiE Awards recognizes excellence in the content, education and software industries. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education and software industries so each award serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision and overall industry impact. This year marks a milestone for the CODiE Awards, celebrating 30 years.

We are officially accepting applications for CODiE Award judges. If you have ever wanted to be a part of the CODiE Awards, this is the year to do it! The CODiE Awards are judged in two phases: a first round review in which each product is assigned to judges for evaluation, and SIIA Member voting on the finalists selected in the first round.

The ranks of first round CODiE Awards judges include industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, investors, and, for the education categories, educators and administrators. All it takes is a background that reflects an understanding of the broader market for a specific product type and a willingness to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

Take a look at FreePrint contributor, John DiGilio’s 2014 CODiE Award judging experience.

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