Tech-savvy designers recognized for collaborative meeting spaces

Effective Meeting Spaces Competition rewards design innovations that integrate technology

Calgary, AB --- February 16, 2001 ---, the online magazine for better meetings, announces the winners of the second annual Effective Meetings Spaces Competition. This competition recognizes meeting spaces that incorporate technology to enhance group productivity. Entries were judged on their use of technology, aesthetic appeal, innovative design and suitability to task. Winners received award packages that included products from SMART Technologies Inc. and WorldCom Conferencing, the official sponsors of the Effective Meeting Spaces Competition.

Insight Research, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, took first place for its executive briefing room in Concert (Midtown). By incorporating leading-edge presentation and videoconferencing tools, the room provides an ideal space for group collaboration. Second place went to Connect Center, Inc. for its meeting room in the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Dallas, TX. Third place was awarded to Midwest Visual Communications for the Wacker Corporation's Visitor Training Center Amphitheater in Menomonee Falls, WI.

"The entries into this year's Competition showcase high-tech, functional meeting spaces," says Nancy Knowlton, president and COO of SMART Technologies. "Interactive tools, connectivity and real-time access to information are prominently featured in the winning designs."

First Place: SMART Board 580 with a Floor Stand and two PolyCom SoundPoint phones
Second Place: SMART Expression 303, a compact, mobile multimedia cabinet
Third Place: Hawkeye, an optical whiteboard capture system from SMART Technologies Inc.

For detailed profiles on this year's winners, visit


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