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Posted May 31, 2011

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IT Awards

Cambridge Achieves ‘Computerworld Honors’

Recognizing Technological Benefits for Society

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge has been named a Laureate in the ‘2011 Computerworld Honors Program’ for its use of technology and integration processes in asset management.

“We are thrilled to be selected for this prestigious award,” says Mayor Doug Craig. “It is especially rewarding to know that we were among 1000 leaders from all over the world who were considered for this tribute.”

Computerworld Honors is presented annually by Computerworld and The Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. The program dates back to 1988 and was designed to recognize organizations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better.

According to the congratulatory letter from Bob Carrigan, Chair of the Honors Program Chair’s Committee & CEO of IDG Communications, and Michael Friedenberg, CEO & President, IDG Enterprise, The Cambridge "Smarter City" proposal joins 263 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program.

“It was especially competitive this year because the program received more than 1,000 nominations. All were reviewed for their benefit to society and the results of the technology applied,” they said.

The award will be presented on June 20 in Washington, DC. Recipients will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes.” In addition, at the ceremony, five Laureates in each of the 11 categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award, based on judging by an exclusive panel of peers. One finalist in each category will then be named a 21st Century Achievement Award winner. These honors will be announced on site at the event.

“While we won’t be there in person to accept the award, we are extremely proud to be on such a significant global platform,” adds Mayor Craig. “Our partners at IBM have been instrumental in helping us achieve our vision for enhanced integration of over 200,000 City assets. It’s a process that truly benefits our community and has been used as a benchmark for other municipalities.”

“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”

All Laureate case studies will be inducted into the program’s International Archives online and featured online at www.cwhonors.org

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