AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the AMD Foundation has been named a 2012 Laureate of the International Data Group's (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program, for the Foundation’s use of technology to promote and advance the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of youth around the world. The annual award program distinguishes organizations and companies that use technology to support and create positive social, economic and educational change.
The AMD Foundation was selected based on its ability to provide a significant benefit to society through its global signature education program, AMD Changing the Game, which is designed to take gaming beyond entertainment and inspire youth to learn. The program teaches kids how to design their own video games and in doing so, enhances their STEM skills as well as problem solving techniques, critical thinking abilities, language skills and teamwork.
“Since 2008, the AMD Foundation has been actively working with education partners to advance the STEM skills of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. We are excited to see AMD Changing the Game bringing young people together to use modern technology to create socially relevant games,” said Allyson Peerman, president of the AMD Foundation. “We are honored to be recognized by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program, and hope the award inspires others to harness the power of game design to promote the development of STEM skills of youth and the future workforce.”
“There's no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization's ability to compete, innovate, communicate and thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology's role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” said John Amato, vice president/publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”
The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented on June 4th, 2012 in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, one finalist in each category will be named a 21st Century Achievement award winner. Additionally, on June 4th, coverage of The Computerworld Honors Program and Laureates will be published in Computerworld magazine and on Computerworld.com.
About the AMD Foundation
The AMD Foundation connects and empowers individuals with knowledge, thereby opening doors to opportunity. The Foundation’s signature program, AMD Changing the Game, supports initiatives designed to help youth create digital games with social content, while learning critical Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and life skills. The Foundation also funds the AMD Employee Giving Program which supports AMD employees’ community interests by matching their personal donations of time and money to local organizations and schools.
About AMD Changing the Game
AMD Changing the Game is designed to take gaming beyond entertainment and inspire youth to learn critical education and life skills by equipping them to create digital games with social content. The program’s purpose is to promote the use of youth game development as a tool to inspire learning and improve science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills. The initiative is rooted in AMD’s long history of supporting education, along with the company’s passion and expertise in the graphics processor and gaming industries.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.
About The Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/2012Honors.