EAST Recognized by Verizon Wireless


EAST Recognized by Verizon Wireless
10/28/2013 10:15:41 AM

The EAST Initiative was recognized by the 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards for Outstanding Service to engage youth in technology to make a difference in their communities.

Prakash Jalihal (Chairperson, EAST Board of Directors) and Matt Dozier (President/CEO, EAST Initiative)

Prakash Jalihal (Chairperson, EAST Board of Directors) and Matt Dozier (President/CEO, EAST Initiative)

News Release

Verizon Wireless

Central Arkansas companies win Verizon's Wireless Technology Innovation Awards

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Whiting Systems, Inc. of Alexander and VCC of Little Rock are this year’s winners of the Wireless Technology Innovation Awards presented by Verizon Wireless. 

Whiting Systems, Inc. received a $10,000 cash grant for using wireless technology for a number of various solutions. The company provides automated wash systems for large vehicles such as trucks, buses and trains. Through Verizon Wireless technology, employees can monitor and make custom changes to each wash system from their company headquarters in Alexander, Arkansas and provide information on every wash performed – around the world.

VCC, a global construction company with headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, was recognized with a $5,000 cash grant for their use of wireless technology in construction project management. Through mobile apps the VCC team can view and update projects in real-time, creating more immediacy and efficiency on every project.

In addition to recognizing businesses, Verizon also presented Arkansas’ EAST® Initiative with a donation of $1,500 for the organization’s work with students, promoting technology and innovation. EAST is an educational model that focuses on student-driven service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting-edge technology. Students identify problems in their local communities and then use these tools to develop solutions, collaborating with civic and other groups in the process.

In May, Verizon Wireless issued a call for entries for the 2013 Wireless Technology Innovation Awards. The competition was open to any Arkansas-based business with up to 500 employees. Participating businesses were asked to submit a written summary explaining how the company used wireless technology innovatively. A panel of external judges from the Little Rock community determined the finalists. The judges were not informed of the company name, location or the name of the person submitting the entry. All participants were invited to the awards luncheon; however the winners were not announced until the event. 

For more information on the contest, visit the official Wireless Technology Innovation Awards site at www.vzwinnovationawards.com


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