Kognito Named as Finalist for Best Workplace Training Solution Developed for NYC Emergency Management

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<strong>New York &mdash; March 5</strong><br />Kognito Interactive, a developer of immersive learning simulations, announced it has been selected by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a finalist in the 23rd annual CODiE Awards competition in the &ldquo;Best Workforce Training Solution&rdquo; category. <br /> <br />The finalist ranking was awarded for the Hurricane Sheltering Orientation e-learning course developed by Kognito for New York City&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, OEM made significant updates to NYC&rsquo;s hurricane sheltering system that could serve up to 600,000 New Yorkers who may need to evacuate their homes due to storm surge flooding. To operate effectively, this system would require more than 30,000 city workers and volunteers, all of whom must be trained prior to a hurricane event.<br /> <br />&ldquo;Utilizing simulation technology as part of the online course allowed us to effectively engage learners and provide them with hands-on experience solving situations they are likely to face in a real event, such as dealing with evacuees and managing the operations of a shelter,&rdquo; said Kelly R. McKinney, deputy commissioner for planning and preparedness at NYC OEM. &ldquo;This helped make the course a pivotal part of NYC&rsquo;s hurricane training program.&rdquo; <br /> <br />The one and a half-hour online simulation course, developed with the City University of New York&rsquo;s School of Professional Studies, engages learners in a realistic narrative of a six-day hurricane event, allowing them to assume the role of a hurricane shelter staff member and practice managing a virtual hurricane shelter. <br /><br />&ldquo;CODiE&rsquo;s recognition further validates the unique value the Kognito team provides by combining our strong expertise in e-learning with our proprietary simulation and game technology,&rdquo; said Kognito CEO Ron Goldman. &ldquo;As a NYC-based company it was a great honor for us to be in a position to assist the city in its effort to be better prepared for a catastrophic event such as a hurricane.&rdquo;<br />

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