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e-Learning Software Developers Gather for Fourth Annual Blackboard Building Blocks Conference

This Year's Conference Features Record Crowd From More Than 70 Academic Institutions and the First Blackboard Open Source Day Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, Jul 24, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Software developers and system administrators from around the world gather this week for the Fourth Annual Blackboard Building Blocks Developers Conference at the Washington Marriott. Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) hosts the conference each year to support an open community of developers and the creation of Blackboard Building Blocks(TM), innovative tools and software that extend Blackboard's e-Learning platform. This is the first year Blackboard is hosting an Open Source Day workshop, for which attendance has sold out. This workshop will be delivered by the Blackboard Open Source Developers Group, a community of developers dedicated to creation and use of open source Blackboard Building Blocks.

Millions of people around the world use The Blackboard Academic Suite(TM), an e-Learning platform, to access educational materials and resources at any time and from any location. Blackboard Building Blocks are custom built in-house applications, open-source extensions and other third-party applications which extend the Blackboard(R) e-Learning platform. The central source for discovering and downloading these extensions is the online Building Blocks Catalog, featuring more than 160 applications -- more than a third of which are free of charge or available as open source.

Blackboard President and CEO Michael Chasen will deliver the conference keynote, "e-Learning 2.0," at 9 am on Tuesday, July 25th. This presentation will be followed by two days of sessions from clients and Blackboard developers, engineers and executives about all aspects of Blackboard Building Blocks technology. Examples include innovative ways of using Ajax for development, WSRP, disaster recovery, handling hackers integrating custom tools, and much more.

"With more than 1,000 client and commercial members, the Blackboard Developer Network is one of the largest developer networks for an e-Learning platform," said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard. "The Blackboard Building Blocks community and program demonstrates our commitment to work with open-source and third party technologies. This means clients can customize their e-Learning programs with confidence that the mission critical core of their platform will remain secure and supported by Blackboard."

On-site registration for the conference is still open. For more information visit

About Blackboard

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. Blackboard solutions are used by millions of people 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. WebCT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.


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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.