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MCNC recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate
[March 19, 2013]

MCNC recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Award will be presented to RTP organization at Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3 in Washington, D.C.

IDG's Computerworld Honors Program today announced MCNC as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

"Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements," said John Amato, vice president and publisher, Computerworld. "Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper." MCNC is a technology non-profit based in Research Triangle Park that builds, owns and operates a leading-edge infrastructure that meets the broadband needs of North Carolina's research, education, non-profit health care and other community institutions. Through the provision of very high-speed connectivity and related value-added services, tools and its operation of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), MCNC helps improve teaching, learning, research, health care, and collaboration throughout North Carolina in a cost-effective environment for constituents.

"It is a distinct honor to be named a Computerworld Honors Laureate. MCNC accepts this award on behalf of the students, researchers, patients, health care providers and other citizens in North Carolina who benefit from their daily use of NCREN," said MCNC President and CEO Joe Freddoso. "For 25 years, the Computerworld Honors Program has recognized organizations that use information technology to promote and advance public welfare and change the world for the better. MCNC has built a network that will scale to the future to help all North Carolinians become better educated, healthier, more innovative, and otherwise thrive in the digital age." The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors Program Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About Computerworld Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning website (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

About MCNC & NCREN Community MCNC is an independent, non-profit corporation. MCNC's main focus is to operate the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). For a more than a quarter century, NCREN provides advanced Intranet and Internet connectivity to a constantly expanding number of Community Anchor Institutions throughout North Carolina. Today's users of NCREN include all 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina System, all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges, all 115 K-12 public school districts as well as a growing number of K-12 charter and private schools, the majority of the state's private colleges and universities, several non-profit and public health care facilities, and a number of the state's premier research institutions. NCREN also serves as the Internet gateway network for all state employees. MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of NCREN scheduled to be completed by summer 2013. This initiative is labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. Visit or follow @MCNC.

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Editorial ContactsMCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or SOURCE MCNC NewsItemId=DC79388&Transmission_Id=201303190800PR_NEWS_USPR_____DC79388&DateId=20130319

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