HARMAN and University Business Announce World’s Most Brilliant Universities as 2016 Innovation Award Finalists

25 Schools Compete for $125,000 and to Be Crowned Most Innovative Audio, Video, Classroom, Active Learning, and Campus Impact Space

LAS VEGAS—HARMAN was delighted to partner again this year with University Business to honor the world’s most luminous universities for their original and innovative uses of technology. HARMAN and University Business were proud to announce 25 schools of higher education to be chosen as finalists in the 2016 HARMAN Innovation Awards at UBTech

This exclusive global awards program is designed to recognize the best of the best uses of technology to further AV/IT convergence, spur learning in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways and make campuses more efficient and/or effective.

All 2016 Innovation Award finalists and winners will have their submissions recognized in this year's Innovation Awards Pavilion, which is located at UBTech 2016, being held June 6 - 8 at the Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Finalists and winners will also be recognized by University Business and HARMAN in a variety of online recognition venues. And, the five winning submissions with $25,000 of product from HARMAN Professional Solutions. Congratulations to all of this year's competing finalists in the five Innovation Awards categories:

  • Active Learning – Today there are more “hands on” or active learning spaces on campuses than ever before. Many of these learning spaces require unique uses of technology in order to allow those experiences to be shared by other students. These projects feature an active learning space and demonstrate how the technology was implemented to make the space work for all learners. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Active Learning’ Innovation Awards finalists:
    • Duquesne University: FlexTech Classrooms: Our Active Learning Spaces
    • East Stroudsburg University: C.R.E.A.T.E. lab
    • Indiana Tech: Collaborative Learning in Active Spaces
    • Loyola Marymount University: Loyola Marymount University Life Sciences Building
    • Samford University: The Collaborative Experience
    • Western Carolina University: BYOD 2 Learn – Killian 219

  • Audio Experience – In all learning spaces clear and effective audio delivery is key to learning. These projects demonstrate how audio technology is used to improve or create an effective learning environment. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Audio Experience’ Innovation Awards finalists:
    • Belmont University: Belmont Large Theater
    • University of Essex: Recording Solution for Nursing Skills Lab

  • Campus Impact – Projects in this category incorporate AV for an impact beyond a single classroom and even a single building. In one or more ways, these projects touch on the entire campus by improving communication, building community, and increasing prestige. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Campus Impact’ Innovation Awards finalists:
    • Belmont University: R. Milton and Denise Johnson Center
    • Nevada State College: Maximizing Audiovisual Impact to Enhance Communication in School’s Largest Expansion
    • Pitt Community College: Centralized Digital Displays
    • Rhode Island School of Design: Rhode Island School of Design
    • RMIT: Converged AV
    • Shenandoah University: Inspired Performance
    • University of Houston-Downtown: Girard Street Welcome Center
    • University of Ottawa: CITE: Centre for Innovative Technologies in Education
    • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Smart Classroom
    • University of Queensland: Campus Digital rollout - Closing the Digital Loop

  • Classroom Design and Implementation – Projects in this category use AV to improve the dynamics of everyday instruction and learning. These projects go beyond simple technology installations. Finalists have demonstrated how the technology is actually used by instructors and students. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Classroom Design and Implementation’ Innovation Awards finalists:
    • Austin Community College: Austin Community College ACCelerator
    • Laval University: Research laboratory in ear training and instrumental didactics, LaRFADI (Laboratoire de recherche en formation auditive et didactique instrumentale)
    • Temple University: Modernizing Classroom Technology
    • University of Nebraska- Lincoln: Manter Hall Anatomy Lab Remodel

  • Video in the Learning Space – In today’s learning spaces clear and effective video delivery is key to learning. These projects demonstrate how video delivery technology is used to improve or create an effective learning environment. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Video in the Learning Space’ Innovation Awards finalists:
    • Arizona State University: ASU Decision Theater Network
    • Franklin University: Transparent Justice
    • St. Edward’s University: St. Edward's University Embraces Global Learning with Video

One Innovation Award winner will be selected from each of this year’s five categories and will be announced at 4:15pm PDT, June 6, following the UBTech Grand Opening Keynote. HARMAN is also excited to be awarding its third annual Innovation Awards People’s Choice Award this year. UBTech 2016 attendees are invited to visit the Innovation Awards Pavilion, during their visit to the show floor on June 7 to select their favorite among the 25 finalists. The most votes will determine the winner, which will be announced at the UBTech Closing Keynote Address on Wednesday morning, June 8.

HARMAN and University Business invite all UBTech 2016 attendees to visit HARMAN in Booth #201 for an opportunity to experience firsthand how HARMAN Professional solutions are CONNECTING with thousands of universities across the world.

Additional Details
  • HARMAN Innovation Awards at UBTech
  • HARMAN at UBTech 2016 Event Details
  • HARMAN Professional Education Solutions

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HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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