MADISON, Wis. – April 22, 2008 – Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced the finalists for its fourth annual Rich Media Impact Awards program. Launched to recognize excellence in the practical and creative integration of its webcasting platform in education, business, health and government, the awards honor organizations that have demonstrated measurable improvements in accessibility, cost savings, efficiency and productivity through Mediasite.
“We are constantly inspired by the innovative ways our customers are using Mediasite; from reaching out to a global audience on major health issues to reaching the student who sits in the last row of the lecture hall,” said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. “We are privileged that these organizations have given us a glimpse of their ground-breaking work in rich media.”
2008 Rich Media Impact Award Finalists
Excellence in Education Award: recognizes a higher education institution that enhanced learning and outreach through rich media. The 2008 finalists are Technische Universiteit Delft – Netherlands and University of Maryland, Baltimore Dental School.
Enterprise Award: recognizes an organization who improved its business outcomes through rich media communication. The 2008 finalists are Ashland University and Prudential Financial.
Facility Design Award: recognizes a professional AV design or consulting firm that created innovative rich media rooms and facilities. The 2008 finalists are Shen Milsom & Wilke for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Acumen Engineering for Douglas College Health Science Building, David Lam Campus.
Global Reach Award: recognizes any successful initiative that reached the international community through rich media. The 2008 finalists are Florida State University and Rush University Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology.
Government Award: recognizes a local, state or federal government initiative that implemented rich media for training and outreach. The 2008 finalists are Michigan Public Health Institute and the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission.
Healthcare Award: recognizes an organization that implemented rich media to benefit health and wellness. The 2008 finalists are Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Stony Hill Management – Home Care Information Network.
Rapid ROI Award: recognizes an organization that used rich media to quickly achieve a measurable ROI in its training, communications or outreach initiatives. The 2008 finalists are Atitude Digital Media – Brazil and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Educational Technologies.
Scholastic Achievement Award: recognizes a school district or other organization serving the K-12 educational community that harnessed the power of rich media to improve communication, learning and outreach. The 2008 finalists are Memphis City Schools and Te Manu Aute (University of Auckland, New Zealand).
The following organizations will also be honored with Honorable Mention certificates for their Mediasite programs:
Ashland University College of Nursing
College of St. Catherine
Colorado State University College of Business
Durham College – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Mississippi State University Extension Service
Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine
St. George’s University
University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Winners will be announced at a special awards dinner Wednesday, May 14 in Madison, Wisconsin during UNLEASH 2008, the company’s Mediasite User Conference. They will also be showcased in Sonic Foundry’s ad in the June/July issue of Streaming Media Magazine.
Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite has set the standard as a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (OTC: SOFO) is the global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions as well as virtual and hybrid events. Trusted by more than 5,200 educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in over 65 countries, its Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos. Learn more at www.mediasite.com and @mediasite.
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