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Tuesday – Nov. 13, 2012

Center for Applied Informatics Student
Receives Postsecondary Technology Award

– Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics student Trevor Schmitz received ConnectKentucky’s Postsecondary Student Technology Award today at the organization’s Tech Day today.

Schmitz was awarded the honor for his work in transforming a commercial learning management system into an open source framework. He analyzed code and technologies, interfaced with developers outside NKU and ultimately delivered a packaged open source learning management system framework.

He is not the first CAI student to receive an award from ConnectKentucky. In 2011, Emily Taylor received the Postsecondary Student Technology Award for her contributions to a CAI project that performed detailed technology assessments for local non-profit organizations. In 2009, Bradley Stephens received the same award for the initial development of Northern Kentucky’s Early Childhood Database, a web-based application used to track kindergarten preparedness.

Taylor, now an NKU staff member, reflected on her award. “This type of spotlight is exactly what is needed to demonstrate the importance of college engagement in the community, especially in the technology space,” she said.

In addition to Schmitz’s award, the UpTech business accelerator company Gamigen ( received the New & Emerging Business Technology Award. CAI has been working with Gamigen during the last several months through the UpTech program. David Hirsch, CAI program director, explained the importance of such an award. “Gamigen is demonstrating the value of UpTech and investing in startups grounding in informatics,” he said. “The New & Emerging Business Technology Award is an important recognition in the commonwealth that proves technology innovation is happening in Northern Kentucky.”

Tech Day was hosted this year in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium, an ideal venue to honor those making technological advances in the commonwealth. ConnectKentucky Tech Day is an opportunity to better understand and promote the benefits of broadband technology in our government, schools, healthcare facilities, libraries, businesses, a communities and homes. The event featured prominent technology speakers and advocates, which provide current views on technology and broadband initiatives at the state and national level.

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