Computerworld Honors Program Recognizes Outstanding Heroic Achievements in Information Technology

"Search for New Heroes" Names Global Laureates for 2001

SAN FRANCISCO - April 9, 2001 - Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of International Data Group; IDG's Computerworld; and the Chairmen's Committee of the Computerworld Honors Program today announced the Year 2001 laureates of the "Computerworld Honors Program: A Search for New Heroes." More than 300 men and women from around the world were honored by the program for their innovative use of information technology (IT) to benefit society. The laureates represent leading corporations, schools and universities, non-profit groups and government organizations, such as Cornell University, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, NTT DoCoMo and The Boeing Company.

The Computerworld Honors Program was created in 1988 when chairmen of the 100 leading IT companies saw the need to identify and celebrate the people making the most significant achievements in the use of IT for the benefit of mankind. These leaders agreed to work together to ensure that heroic individuals who were using IT to benefit society were remembered and that their innovative works were collected and preserved. The Computerworld Honors collections now encompass nearly 4,000 case studies submitted by laureates on six continents. The program annually provides copies of these case studies, along with oral histories, video biographies and other primary source materials on the history of IT to more than140 museums, libraries, universities and research institutions worldwide.

"It is with a tremendous sense of accomplishment that the Computerworld Honors Program chairmen's committee reflects on the evolution of the 'Search for New Heroes' collection," said McGovern. "Beginning modestly 13 years ago, the program has grown to a collection of nearly 4,000 case studies from more than 40 countries. The Computerworld Honors Program has dedicated its efforts to preserve and protect the stories that will educate and inspire future generations."

"Computerworld considers it both a privilege and a duty to participate in the search for outstanding users of information technology," said Alan Guibord, president, CEO and publisher of Computerworld. "Recognizing those users and creating a legacy of their work will ensure that the history of the world's information revolution will be preserved."

Originally founded as the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation, the program established its first recognition program, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards, in 1988/1989 in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. In 2000/2001, the program formally expanded its activities to include support of museums, libraries, archives and research institutions not only in the United States, but in all the countries represented in its collections.

"The class of 2001, consisting of 311 individuals and teams, continues an outstanding tradition of IT innovation," said Dan Morrow, executive director of the Computerworld Honors Program. "The 2001 laureates are a source of pride and inspiration to the entire IT field."

The Computerworld Honors Chairmen's Committee, composed of chairmen and CEOs from 100 leading companies such as Accenture, Cisco, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Hewlett-Packard, annually nominates individuals and organizations whose outstanding use of IT merits special recognition for its benefit to society. Fifty finalists will be selected from the 2001 nominees across 10 categories, including business, manufacturing, transportation, government and non-profit. One winner from each category will be recognized at formal ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 2001.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For a complete list of 2001 laureates, or to learn more about the "Computerworld Honors Program: A Search for New Heroes," please contact Simone Ross at (617) 357-1977 or

About Computerworld

Based in Framingham, Mass., Computerworld, Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company's flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. With a circulation of 250,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 935,200, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.7.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries.

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