News Release
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October 21, 2016
Ann Marie Cumming

NAB Education Foundation to Recognize Excellence in Innovative Technology Award Winners at NAB Show New York

-- Author and CEO of OpenMatters Barry Libert to provide keynote address --

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) will recognize winners of the 2016 Excellence in Innovative Technology Awards at the Innovation Celebration on Wednesday, November 9 at NAB Show New York, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Excellence in Innovative Technology Awards showcase students who develop products, services or applications that impact and promote technology in the communications industry.

Award winners were required to design a product that relates to television, radio, digital, mobile technologies, social media, streaming, information management, web or other telecommunications-based applications. The prototypes will be presented at the luncheon. In addition to being recognized, winners have the opportunity to connect with digital media companies and other exhibitors at NAB Show New York.

“The media industry is in a constant state of evolution. New technologies and products are shaping the way we conduct business and lead our lives,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The NAB Education Foundation is honored to highlight the groundbreaking work and innovative projects these forward-thinking students have developed.”

Barry Libert, CEO of leading business model science and network optimization company OpenMatter, will provide the keynote address. Author of “The Network Imperative: How to Survive and Grow in the Age of Digital Business Models,” Libert has advised numerous technology and media companies on how to drive growth with digital platforms and virtual networks. His address will explore an emerging model of social and business growth.

This year’s winners are:

Andrew Briz
University of Florida
Briz developed the News-ready Hypervideo Player at the University of Florida’s Innovation News Center. The application allows news organizations to create easy navigation between links, videos, charts and graphics. Individuals can utilize the application without any coding education.

Adriana Becerra, Ryan Hayes, Mark Quinones, Garish Rama, Prashanna Raghavan
Arizona State University
With support from Arizona State University’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, this group of undergraduate and graduate students developed two applications that utilize and showcase the power of 360-technology and virtual reality. One application was created for Cronkite News and includes several 360-technology elements, while the other is an experimental reality application that mixes computer-generated imagery, 360 video and regular video to depict the dangers of crossing the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona.

Noelle Vela
Texas Tech University
Vela developed the political gaming app Vozra through the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication, with sponsorship from the Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication. Through quizzes, surveys and polling, Vozra educates Hispanics ages 13-18 about the nuances of the electoral process in the 2016 election. Constructed using HTML5, the app is available on Android platforms, in addition to tablets, laptops and larger devices.

To attend the Innovation Celebration, individuals must register for NAB Show New York here.

Additional information about the NABEF Excellence in Innovative Technology Awards is available here.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving broadcasters and the public interest by supporting and advocating community service, diversity, education and broadcasting issues and trends. Learn more at

About NAB Show New York
Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and held November 9-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NAB Show New York, formerly Content and Communications World (CCW), brings the power, passion and connection of NAB Show to the thriving New York media and entertainment market. With more than 7,200 attendees and 35+ educational sessions, NAB Show New York is the leading media and entertainment technology event on the East Coast. Learn more at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at