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Sophia Receives 2011 Tekne Award

MINNEAPOLIS [November 4, 2011] – Sophia, a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere, free of charge, was the recipient of a 2011 Tekne Award in the Edutech category. The awards, sponsored by the Minnesota High Tech Association, recognize the best and brightest in innovation, development, commercialization and management of technology in Minnesota and were distributed at an event November 3.

“Advancements in technology have enabled us to create a worldwide classroom with Sophia, connecting teachers with learners and surrounding students with information that is credible and easy to find, and we are honored to be recognized by the Minnesota High Tech Association with this award,” said Don Smithmier, founder and CEO of Sophia. “We look forward to continuing to expand social education around the globe.”

Launched publicly in March 2011, uses the best features of popular social media sites to enable users to create and share educational material. The site currently offers learning packets that have been developed by hundreds of teachers and individuals, and provides credible academic content on a variety of subjects including math, English, science and more – all in an ad-free environment. Sophia, which extends the learning process beyond the traditional constraints of the physical or online classroom, has generated 152,000 users from 176 countries and more than 2,000 education institutions.

This is the 12th year for the Tekne Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.

About Sophia

Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime at  Sophia also provides private learning solutions for schools, colleges and universities.  The Sophia Pathways™ program offers a private adaptive learning program for institutions wanting to individualize the instruction to each student’s learning preference and skill level. Pathways™ provides assessment tools for teachers to monitor progress and adjust lessons according to each student’s need. In addition, the Sophia social learning platform can be licensed by universities, colleges and K-12 schools to create their own unique social learning community. For more information, visit





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