New York, NY (PRWEB) March 5, 2008
Kognito Interactive (http://www.kognito.com), a leading developer of immersive learning simulations, announced today that it has been selected by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a finalist in the 23rd Annual CODiE Awards competition in the "Best Workforce Training Solution" category.
The finalist ranking was awarded for the Hurricane Sheltering Orientation elearning course developed by Kognito for New York City's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, OEM made significant updates to NYC's hurricane sheltering system, which could serve up to 600,000 New Yorkers who may need to evacuate their homes due to storm surge flooding. To operate effectively, this system would require more than 30,000 city workers and volunteers, all of whom must be trained prior to a hurricane event.
"Utilizing simulation technology as part of the online course allowed us to effectively engage learners and provide them with hands-on experience solving situations they are likely to face in a real event, such as dealing with evacuees and managing the operations of a shelter," said Kelly R. McKinney, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Preparedness at NYC OEM. "This helped make the course a pivotal part of NYC's hurricane training program."
The 1½-hour online simulation course, developed with the City University of New York's School of Professional Studies, engages learners in a realistic narrative of a six-day hurricane event, allowing them to assume the role of a hurricane shelter staff member and practice managing a virtual hurricane shelter. More information about the course can be viewed at http://www.kognito.com/website/#/portfolio/2/.
"CODiE's recognition further validates the unique value the Kognito team provides by combining our strong expertise in elearning with our proprietary simulation and game technology," said Kognito CEO Ron Goldman. "As a NYC-based company it was a great honor for us to be in a position to assist the city in its effort to be better prepared for a catastrophic event such as a hurricane."
About Kognito Interactive
Kognito Interactive (http://www.kognito.com) is a leading developer of immersive learning simulations for academic and business education. Our web-based simulations and training programs allow learners to practice and build experiences so they can better perform in real-life situations. Located in Manhattan, our team has a unique combination of expertise in psychology, learning and leadership as well as innovative simulation and game technology. Utilizing its proprietary simulation platform technology and processes, Kognito has worked with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and government entities to design and deliver measurable and effective learning solutions..
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. Through a unique combination of journalist and peer review, the CODiE Awards program recognizes the high-tech industry's most outstanding products and services. Finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 nominations submitted by over 600 companies. Awards winners will be announced at the SIIA gala event on May 20, 2008 in San Francisco, CA.
Xenia Moore, Moore Media Relations, Inc.