edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data co-sponsor the SIIA “Educator’s Choice” Award

SIIA Innovation Incubator Awards put a spotlight on innovative new companies

PRINCETON, NJ, December 16, 2013 – Which new education technology companies are most innovative and most likely to succeed? Each year, the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) spotlights new companies and products in the education technology market with a semi-annual Innovation Incubator Awards Competition.

The most recent round of winners was announced at the SIIA Education Business Forum on December 11th at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York City. Members of the education industry in attendance at the event voted for the “Most Likely to Succeed” (LightSail Education) and the “Most Innovative” (Robokind).

edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data co-sponsored the presentation of the Educators Choice Award for the best new company/product by hosting an online presentation by each of the Innovation Incubator Finalists and an online voting option for educators all across the country.

The winner of the Educators Choice Award was LightSail, a company that uses digital tools to bring great books, proven assessments, and effective teaching practices to as many students as possible.

The runner up for the Educators Choice Award was Shindig, a proprietary platform that makes it easy to give an online reading, talk, or interview in front of an online group of 50 to 1000.

“We are delighted to help SIIA reach our edWeb members to seek out their opinion and votes on the Innovation Incubator Finalists, ” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net.

“The Educators Choice Award is part of our mission to bring the voice of the educator into our industry forums,” said Karen Billings, vice president for SIIA’s Education Division. “Educators and their students are the ultimate users of these innovations.”

SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided incubation for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies.

For more information, contact:
Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications
202-789-4461 | lgreenback@siia.net

 Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow @edwebnet on Twitter.

About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data is a leading source of compiled data on education, health, and government institutions in the United States. MCH is a privately owned company that has been in business for over 80 years. MCH is a strategic partner of edWeb.net and is helping to spread the word to the preK-12 education community about the value of joining a free online professional learning community on edWeb. For more information, visit www.mchdata.com.