About the Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. All nominated products and services receive a thorough review from seasoned industry experts who can identify strengths and give significant insights for improvements. In 27 years, SIIA has recognized more than 1,000 companies for achieving greatness in industries that expect innovative thinking and demand market validation.
We listened closely to feedback from judges and nominees about their 2011 CODiE Awards experience, and have made important modifications to our program.
Revised Categories. All categories have been revised with more specific descriptions and judging criteria. Some new categories have been added as well.
Changes to Supercategories. Supercategories have been eliminated within the Business Software and Digital Content categories. Finalists in Education Technology categories are automatically eligible for one of three overall awards:
Best K-12 Education SolutionThere is no additional nomination form or charge required to be considered for these "Best Overall" awards.
Best Postsecondary Education Solution
Best Education Solution
Better Judging Experience. Nominees will be asked to provide judges with either a live or pre-recorded product demonstration. Nominees will also provide judges with one of the following in order to complete a well-rounded evaluation:
Full copy of nominated product (preferred, if possible)
Website URL and log-in information for online-only products
Self-running CD Demo
Self-running online demo access
Judging criteria have been revised for 2012, and are now specific to each individual category. The number of criteria for each category has been decreased from last year as well.
The SIIA CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other's work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose - to showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.
The CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides winners with a unique opportunity to be recognized and honored by companies they respect and with whom they often compete. Because of our first round review process by seasoned industry experts, winning a CODiE Award also provides you with significant market validation for your customers, partners and the press. Now in its twenty-seventh year, the CODiE Awards program has raised the standard for excellence and serves as prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industries.
The origin of the CODiE Award's name alludes to the program's basis in the software industry, in which the word "CODiE" is derived from the word "code". The CODiE Awards logo, re-designed in 2004, combines the word "CODE" with the symbol for information ("i") to visually represent the CODiE Awards' focus on the software and digital industries.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies setting the pace for the digital age.
- Promote the Industry: SIIA promotes the common interests of the software and digital content industry as a whole, as well as its component parts.
- Protect the Industry: SIIA protects the intellectual property of member companies, and advocates a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry.
- Inform the Industry: SIIA informs the industry and the broader public by serving as a resource on trends, technologies, policies and related issues that affect member firms and demonstrate the contribution of the industry to the broader economy.