July 1, 2008

FreshBrain Announces Social Networking Site That Lets Teens Unleash Their Creative Ideas Using Technology


Contact: Jane Gideon, Incendio International, +1-415-377-3446, [email protected], for FreshBrain

New Site Helps Students Use the Latest Technology Tools to Find Their Passions and Prepare them for Future Jobs in a Safe and Educational Environment

SARATOGA, Calif.,July 1/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FreshBrain today announced a social networking site, www.freshbrain.org, for students age 13 to 18 who want to unleash all their best ideas with the assistance of the latest technology tools. The Web site gives teens the opportunity to work with friends, other students and advisors to build technology-based activities that are interesting and meaningful to them in a productive and safe environment.FreshBrain is social networking gone good, said Dale Ferrario, President of FreshBrain. We wanted to create a place where teenagers can explore ways to apply their technology skills to the things that interest them most while also helping them prepare for tomorrows workforce, where they will be required to combine technical literacy with creative thinking. The FreshBrain site offers communities based on interests, such as music, videos, gaming, sports, Web development, graphic design or green programs. Users can either build a concept from scratch, or join an activity in progress and collaborate with other friends or other community members. Advisors are also available to help guide the groups, answer questions or advance their technology skills.Teachers and educators can also use the FreshBrain site to enhance their core curriculum. According to FreshBrains research, 50% of the technology freshmen learn will be outdated by the time they are juniors. Keeping up with rapidly advancing technology tools is often too expensive for schools. FreshBrain lets teachers incorporate the latest technology tools into the learning syllabus without having to raise budgets or alter the curriculum. Schools can also improve their technology scorecard by using FreshBrain to enliven the stem and core subjects with exciting and innovative technology-oriented projects while still meeting government standards and requirements. Teachers can also use FreshBrains protected social networking environment to share and exchange ideas, activities and class projects with other teachers and educators.PartnersFreshBrain is a non-profit organization and is supported by partners that provide critical support, including monetary donations, access to technology, and volunteers. FreshBrains founding and platinum sponsor is Sun Microsystems. Fenwick & West is the organizations gold sponsors, and Skona Advertising is a silver sponsor. Other partners include Atlassian, Curriki, Drupal, Junior Achievement, Salesforce.org, and Skullcandy. FreshBrain also welcomed its latest partner this month in T-Mobile USA. Thanks to these partners, all services on the FreshBrain.org site are free of charge.Contests

To kick off the summer, FreshBrain is launching over 30 summer contests called the Summer Splash series. The contests will set up a challenge for students to use their unique talents and creative skills to solve a specific problem. Prizes for the summer series include an iPod Nano, Skullcandy headphones, T-Mobile Sidekicks, gift certificates from retailers like Circuit City and Apple, a Kahuna Pohaku Longboard, and a video camcorder, totaling more than $10,000.00 in combined prizes for the series. For more information on the Summer Splash contests, visit www.freshbrain.org/ summersplash2008.

About FreshBrainFounded in 2007, FreshBrain is a non-profit organization that provides a social networking environment for students to create, explore and collaborate with the latest technology tools. FreshBrain sponsors include Sun Microsystems, T- Mobile USA, Fenwick & West, Skona Advertising, Atlassian, Curriki, Drupal, Junior Achievement, Salesforce.org and Skullcandy. FreshBrain is headquartered in Saratoga, California, with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be found online at www.freshbrain.org.

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