Sahana Recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

CWHonorsIDG’s Computerworld Honors Program announced on March 19, 2013 that the Sahana Software Foundation has been named a 2013 Laureate in the Human Services category. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato, vice president & publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations’ ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the Computerworld Honors Program,” said Sahana Software Foundation President and CEO Mark Prutsalis. “It is especially nice for our community to win this award in the Human Services category, which is a testament to our mission and for our recent projects to assist community-based organizations better serve those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New York and other vulnerable communities around the world.”

The Sahana Software Foundation is dedicated to the mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters. SSF develops free and open source software and provide services that help solve concrete problems and bring efficiencies to disaster response coordination between governments, aid organizations, civil society and the survivors themselves.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About the Sahana Software Foundation

The Sahana Software Foundation (SSF), established in 2009, is a non-profit organization that supports the development and deployment of humanitarian free and open source disaster management solutions. Its software products have been used globally by national and local governments, international, national, and community based humanitarian organizations. Prominent natural disasters where Sahana software has been used includes the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami (Sri Lanka, 2004), Kashmir earthquake (Pakistan, 2005), the Chengdu-Sitzuan earthquake (China, 2008), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (Japan, 2011), Joplin Missouri Tornado (2011), Hurricane Irene (2011), Wildfires in Chile (2012) and Hurricane Sandy (2012). Sahana software is currently used by the US National Library of Medicine, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and many other organizations.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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