BeSeen Among Finalists in 2012 Design, Art and Technology Awards

May 01, 2012

The Pittsburgh Technology Council has announced that BeSeen is a 2012 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Award Finalist. BeSeen is the INI's educational mobile app that teaches kids about online safety through a simulation of a social networking site. The INI created the game with Web Wise Kids, in collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families and with additional support from the Verizon Foundation.

The fourth annual DATA awards ceremony recognizes creative technology in the region and places the design, art and technology award finalists into seven overall categories for judging. BeSeen will be competing in the "Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology" category.

Within its group BeSeen will be up against impressive competitors. A few of these include The Children's Museum's MakeShop, a hands-on workshop environment where informal learning is encouraged through the integration of old and new technologies; the Fred Rogers Center's Early Learning Environment (Ele), an innovative online space where digital resources are shared that support early learning and development in children from birth to age 5; and The Ellis School's Robotic Arms Anatomy Lab, a place where students in the Human Anatomy and Physiology course built robotic models of the human arm, indicating muscles, bones and ligaments.

 Held at The Grand Hall at the Priory in Pittsburgh's North Side on Thursday, June 7 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., this year's awards ceremony will have a brand new format. In addition to featuring 40 of this year's most innovative and creative tech projects, the event will have a "Technology Drive" Interactive Exhibition space, Pop-Up Awards every 20 minutes, and the all-new People's Choice Award. It is sure to be the biggest creative tech party of the year.

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