ConnectYard Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Education Community Solution


ConnectYard Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2013) ConnectYard, the leading provider of social and mobile engagement solutions for Higher Education, today announced that ConnectYard has been named a finalist for the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Education Community Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education and Software.

This year’s program features 23 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Ed Tech Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 6.

ConnectYard provides a completely private and secure, social engagement platform that allows for anytime, anywhere communication and collaboration across a variety of social and mobile technologies, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and text messaging. The Company specializes in helping secondary and post-secondary institutions leverage the power of social media to increase engagement and retention; directly impacting areas such as classroom instruction, support services and student safety.

"ConnectYard is committed to working with our partners to deliver integrated communication solutions that offer greater collaboration and community amongst students, staff and instructors," said Don Doane, CEO of ConnectYard. “It is encouraging to see the immediate increase in student participation around daily activities and events that will ultimately determine their success or failure at the institution."

“We’re pleased with the innovative educational technology products that made it to this stage. All of this year’s finalists show great promise, and they should be proud of their finalist status,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to seeing them all in May at the Ed Tech Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit

About ConnectYard

ConnectYard, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For more information on how ConnectYard can help your organization increase student engagement and retention, please visit or contact us at 973-494-8063.