Velir Awarded at the 2011 MITX Interactive Awards

16th Annual MITX Awards Honors Cutting-Edge Digital Innovations, Creative Projects, and Technological Accomplishments in New England

Boston, MA, December 14, 2011 --( Velir has been selected as a winner in the best Non-profit/ Government category for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists blog at the 16th Annual MITX Interactive Awards.

The annual Interactive Awards program is the largest awards competition in the country recognizing achievements in the creation of web and mobile innovations and emerging applications produced and developed in New England. The MITX Award winners were announced in 26 categories – including six "Best of" awards including "Best of Show" and "Best Use of Technology" - at a sold out ceremony attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals held on December 5th at the Sheraton Boston.

The Impatient Optimists blog tells the stories of people working globally to improve access to healthcare, reduce worldwide poverty, and improve educational opportunities in the U.S. By integrating social media and community features, Impatient Optimists encourages visitors to take action to affect change, and it details the Foundation's world changing philanthropic efforts.

“Velir is honored to receive this award from the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange,” said Mark Gregor, CEO of Velir. “The visual experience the site offers is innovative and the site build speaks to Velir's core strength of engineering.” Velir partnered with Free Range Studios and built the site using Sitecore CMS.

“The MITX Interactive Awards are an opportunity to come together in celebration of the best and brightest digital marketing innovators in our community. This year's winners represent the kind of powerful, creative work that is moving our industry forward,” said MITX president Debi Kleiman. “MITX is so proud to honor the companies and individuals behind these outstanding achievements.”

Over 100 industry professionals representing various disciplines including creative directors, designers, technologists, online media representatives, investors and business professionals judged entries.

The 2011 MITX Awards were made possible by our wonderful sponsors. The 2011 MITX Awards Platinum Sponsor is PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gold Sponsors are: Boston Globe, DLA Piper. Silver Sponsors include adbeast, Atom Group, flashtalking, HireMinds, Onward Search, Putnam Investments, SapientNitro, ShareThis, Sitecore, Velir.

Deborah Seide