BbWorld '07 Attracts Record Crowd to Boston
Largest Gathering of Blackboard User Community Will Convene to Collaborate and Share e-Learning Best Practices
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 28, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational
enterprise software and services, announced today that more than
2,000 members of its e-Learning community spanning 25 countries and
49 states will gather in Boston for the upcoming BbWorld '07(TM)
annual users conference. This year's conference, marking the
company's ten-year anniversary, opens Tuesday, July 10th at the Hynes
Convention Center in Boston.
Attendees from around the world have registered for the conference,
traveling from countries including Colombia, the United Kingdom,
Belgium, Japan, China and Australia, to meet with peers and share
information about enhancing education through the use of
BbWorld '07 marks a significant milestone as the inaugural joint
global user conference since Blackboard merged with WebCT in 2006,
combining the Blackboard Users Conference and the WebCT !mpact user
Keynote addresses will be delivered by New York Times best selling
author of "Freakonomics," Steven Levitt and Managing Director of
Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki. More than 200 sessions
(most developed and led by clients) on innovative e-Learning
initiatives will be offered during the two-and-a-half-day conference.
Sessions will delve into the use of Web 2.0 technologies in education
such as blogging, wikis and podcasting, the use of gaming and
simulations in teaching and learning, and technical sessions related
to software migration and application extensions among many other
This will be the 6th year Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of the
Instructional Technologies Learning Academy at Grand Rapids Community
College, will be attending the Blackboard Users Conference.
"BbWorld is the most important conference I attend all year," said
Kunnen. "It provides an excellent opportunity to learn about emerging
technologies, discover innovative tools that extend the platform, and
the ability to share best practices with peers. One of the greatest
values of attending this conference is connecting with Blackboard
representatives, and networking with colleagues and peers. It's an
all around valuable experience that enhances my effectiveness here at
More than 50 Blackboard partners will demonstrate their technologies
in the BbWorld exhibit hall, including Wimba, which is also
presenting a session about enhancing students' language learning
experiences, with Arizona State University and Hebrew College Online.
"BbWorld brings together some of the greatest minds and biggest
innovators in education technology," said Matt Wasowski, director of
communications, Wimba, provider of collaborative software
applications. "This event allows our Wimba team to network with
nearly 2,500 education professionals who fully understand the value
of technologies that bring people closer together."
"Since its inception, the Blackboard Users Conference has been
designed as a platform for and about our clients," said Michael
Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "We are pleased to create a
venue for all members of the Blackboard community to come together,
share best practices around e-Learning and build meaningful
relationships with peers from institutions around the globe."
Immediately following BbWorld '07, on July 12 and 13, the 5th Annual
Blackboard Developers Conference will kick off in Boston. The event
includes 46 sessions in 5 technical tracks. With more than 260
Blackboard Building Blocks(TM) and Blackboard PowerLinks(TM)
developers attending, the event is the largest of its kind to date.
For more information on BbWorld '07, including the complete program
guide and access to conference registration, please visit
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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