Youth Digital Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Game-based Curriculum Solution

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Server Design 1 earns prestigious education industry recognition

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Our goal is to empower the next generation to be creative through technology and we continue to be impressed by the amazing projects our students develop.

Youth Digital, the leading technology education organization for kids ages 8 to 14 today announced that Server Design 1 was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Game-based Curriculum Solution category. Server Design 1 is an interactive online course that teaches kids Java programming as they design and develop their own Minecraft world from start to finish. It was selected as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

"We're thrilled to be selected as a finalist in this year's CODiE Awards," said Justin Richards, Founder and CEO of Youth Digital. "Our goal is to empower the next generation to be creative through technology and we continue to be impressed by the amazing projects our students develop."

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.

“Every year the list of CODiE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium, the nation’s leading education technology conference, in Denver July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

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About Youth Digital
Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach kids the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, kids ages 8 to 14 become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to kids globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 60,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Today, students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in Youth Digital's online courses in Java programming, game development, mobile app design, 3D printing, 3D animation, and more. For more information, visit http://www.youthdigital.com.

About SIIA
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

For More Information:
Katie Ackerman
SHIFT Communications for Youth Digital
kackerman(at)shiftcomm.com
617.779.1867

Allison Bostrom
SIIA Communications
abostrom(at)siia.net
1.202.789.4466

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