Computerworld Honors Program Recognizes AmigoLatino As Finalist For Use Of Technology To Benefit Society

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AmigoLatino (http://www.amigolatino.com), a company that connects immigrants in the United States with their families in Latin America live and in real-time using video conferencing technology for face-to-face virtual family reunions, has been recognized as a Laureate Finalist by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program.

AmigoLatino (http://www.amigolatino.com), a company that connects immigrants in the United States with their families in Latin America live and in real-time using video conferencing technology for face-to-face virtual family reunions, has been recognized as a Laureate Finalist by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program. For almost two decades, Computerworld Honors has acknowledged those individuals and organizations that have used information technology to benefit society. This year's honorees were commemorated during the 19th Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 4, 2007 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

"We are honored to have been nominated by Polycom for the award and selected as a 2007 Laureate Finalist by the Computerworld Honors Program." said Gabriel Biguria, Founder and CEO of AmigoLatino. AmigoLatino, through the Amigo Live communications channel, is a pioneer in addressing the needs of the migrant community in the United States. What makes Amigo Live exceptional is the premise behind it. Biguria's goal is the democratization of access to advanced technology, specifically bringing video conferencing and the benefits it holds for people separated by such great distances, to the masses.

From the beginning, Biguria's focus has been providing the highest quality of service, both in terms of technology and the customer experience. All of the AmigoLatino offices are set up to resemble living rooms and provide a relaxed, comfortable environment. Scheduling a video call is simple, once the participants in the United States have decided on a date and time, AmigoLatino makes all of the arrangements with the family in Latin America.

"All the families need to think about is enjoying their relatives," says Biguria. "Although I've been told that participants don't sleep for days in advance of a conference due to the anticipation."

At the cost of only $40 per half hour conference, AmigoLatino's Amigo Live service has connected more than 10,000 families. The video reunions have included everything from birthday celebrations - complete with cake and flowers arranged by AmigoLatino beforehand - to brides who go to an AmigoLatino office in Latin America on their wedding days so their fathers in the US can see them in their wedding dresses and give their blessings.

"Each Laureate selected for this honor understands the importance of using one's resources and technical prowess to benefit one's fellow man.", said Bob Carrigan, Chairman of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen's Committee and President, IDG Communications.

About AmigoLatino
AmigoLatino was launched by a passionate team of entrepreneurs with the goal of helping to democratize access to innovative channels that enhance cross-border communications and e-commerce initiatives in under-served markets. Our main channel, "AMIGO LIVE", leverages business quality video conferencing to help reunite distant families, community groups and organizations, in real-time and at a low cost, between the US and Latin America. Another channel, "AMIGO COMPRAS", provides families with new and efficient alternatives to the traditional cash remittance transfers, while allowing for control towards the final utilization of the funds. Very soon we will be expanding the depth and breadth of our services to the rest of the world! For more information visit http://www.amigolatino.com or call: (213) 380-4761

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