October 27, 2008

Sakai and uPortal Open Source Webinar Briefings Broadcast LIVE From EDUCAUSE

The executive directors from The Sakai Project and JASIG/uPortal will each deliver a LIVE Webinar executive briefing broadcast from EDUCAUSE covering the current state of their respective open source technology platforms and the future direction of their communities. Presented by Michael Korcuska of the Sakai Project and Jonathan Markow of JASIG and uPortal, the LIVE Webinars will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2008 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. EDT. To register for the Web event, visit: sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/description?instance_id=13597.

The Webinar will originate and be broadcast from the Unicon booth #850 at EDUCAUSE Conference. Unicon, the leading provider of open source software consulting services for the education market, will also host nine other briefings at its booth as part of its Open Source Showcase. For specific times of these presentations, visit: http://www.unicon.net/node/922.

The Sakai and uPortal Webinar will be broadcast using the technology and services of Elluminate, Inc., the leading provider of live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the academic market. Elluminate will also show the Webinar at its booth #125 at EDUCAUSE.

"Elluminate is a strong supporter of Sakai and uPortal projects and we are delighted to work with Unicon to disseminate information about these projects to the academic community," said Maurice Heiblum, President of Elluminate, Inc.

"Unicon is excited to co-sponsor with our close partner Elluminate this unique LIVE Webinar event from EDUCAUSE. The Webinar will provide interested parties worldwide with the opportunity to see and hear the latest technology briefings and future direction from the open source leaders Sakai and uPortal," said John C. Blakley, president and CEO of Unicon, Inc.

About Sakai

The Sakai software is a community source effort to develop a platform for innovation in collaboration, teaching and learning, and research support software. The Sakai Project's primary goal is to deliver the Sakai application framework and associated course management software (CMS) tools and components that are designed to work together. These components are for course development, delivery, management, and, as an augmentation of the original CMS model, they also support classroom and research collaboration. The software is being designed to be competitive with the best CMSs available. For more information, visit: www.sakaiproject.org.

About uPortal

From JASIG, uPortal is an open source enterprise portal collaboratively developed by higher education, for higher education. Utilizing the Java Platform, Extensible Markup Language (XML), Java Server Pages (JSP) and other Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) technologies, the uPortal framework enables easy, standards-based integration with authentication and security applications, single sign-on secure access, and end user customization. Now gaining favor worldwide, uPortal is one of the most widely used portal technologies for higher education in the United States. More information is available at: www.uportal.org.

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for learning and collaboration that deliver exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice and video over the Internet, robust interactive functionality, and unique No User Left Behind(TM) technology that supports multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity. Elluminate has served more than 400 million web-collaboration minutes to over 3 million teachers and students located in 185 countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, K12, Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen's University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. The winner of several prestigious awards, the company is also one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and is positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com.

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc. specializes in providing software consulting services including software engineering, systems integration, and the delivery of technology solutions and support. The company effectively utilizes open-source frameworks, applications, and software to provide enterprise-level portal, collaboration, learning, messaging, and secure authentication solutions for higher education institutions worldwide. Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate for the community source Collaboration and Learning Environment and also a commercial affiliate of the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. Unicon strives to base its solutions on standards-based, open-source technology for increased productivity and reduced costs. For more information, visit: www.unicon.net.

Unicon is a Registered Trademark of Unicon, Inc. Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.