Three universities win AMX Innovation Awards for transformative uses of technology

Winners enabled seamless collaboration, reduced costs and enhanced teaching and learning
Three higher ed institutions have been recognized for their innovative uses of technology by the judges of the 2012 AMX Innovation Awards. The Stanford University School of Medicine, the Academic Technologies department of George Washington University, and the Wake Forest Schools of Business have been named this year’s winners.
The awards, announced at UBTech 2012 at Las Vegas in June, were established by AMX and the University Business Leadership Institute to recognize members of the AMX Education Alliance for transforming education through innovative accomplishments and practices. AMX products and services simplify technology implementation, use and maintenance. The three winning institutions will receive a combined total of $100,000 worth of AMX equipment.
The Stanford University School of Medicine received the Automation and Control Award for the wide array of technology included in the school’s new Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. The Center includes 20 new learning spaces outfitted with HD cameras and projectors, fully integrated audio, lighting, power and source controls, a state-of-the-art lecture capture system and AMX interactive control processors and touch panels.
The Academic Technologies department at George Washington University received the Collaboration Initiatives Award for the design of the addition to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences building, and a new research and teaching facility for science and engineering. These new facilities include multiple collaborative learning spaces using LCD screens, projectors, document cameras and AMX touch panels, and a Nursing Simulation Lab that uses a variety of technologies to provide students with valuable experience in a simulated emergency medical facility. 
The new Charlotte Center campus of Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business received the Connected Campus Award. The new campus was designed with a diverse A/V infrastructure to connect seamlessly to the Wake Forest main campus in 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from a newly renovated uptown Charlotte facility in which space for A/V components was at a premium. The installation utilized AMX switchers, servers and digital signage to create a seamless videoconferencing environment using a unified platform that required fewer components than other solutions, greatly reducing costs.
Representatives from each winning institution plan on using the AMX equipment that comes with the awards to continue enhancing their campuses with technology that improves teaching and learning.

AMX Innovation Awards: At a Glance

Q: What are AMX Innovation Awards?
A: AMX Innovation Awards are honors bestowed on individuals and institutions that have changed higher education through the innovative use of technology.
Q: How are recipients selected?
A: One winner is selected for each of three categories: Automation and Control, Collaboration Initiatives and The Connected Campus.
Q: Is there a financial reward?
A: The winner of the Automation and Control award receives $50,000 in AMX technology and equipment. The winners of the Collaboration Initiatives and Connected Campus awards each receive $25,000 in AMX technology and equipment.
Q: Who sponsors the awards?
A: AMX, which provides solutions to simplify the implementation, maintenance and use of technology in education; and the AMX Education Alliance, which is designed to build community among education leaders and industry experts around the world.
Q: Who can apply for the awards?
A: Applications may come from any member of the AMX Education Alliance, a free program available to new and existing college and university customers of AMX.
Q: When are applications being accepted for the next round of awards?
A: Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 AMX Innovation Awards, to be presented at UBTech 2013 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Entries will be received until midnight, May 4, 2013.
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: To join the AMX Education Alliance, visit www.amxallies.com.