SOURCE: Blackboard

April 11, 2005 13:15 ET

7th Annual Blackboard Users Conference Draws Record Attendance

Baseball Legend Cal Ripken Jr. to Kick-Start Three-Day Event With Opening Keynote Address

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2005 -- A crowd of more than 1400 people will descend upon Baltimore tomorrow for the 7th Annual Blackboard Users Conference, "Innovating Together(SM)." Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is hosting the three-day event at the Baltimore Convention Center to provide a forum for clients to meet, connect, exchange ideas and foster innovation. Registration is still open and those interested can quickly and easily sign up at the Information Booth to take part in the conference. More than 2,200 schools, colleges and universities rely on Blackboard to enhance their education experience.

Baltimore hometown hero Cal Ripken Jr. will kick off the conference with a keynote address Tuesday morning about perseverance. Following his speech hundreds of conference sessions will open for attendees to learn about the latest innovations related to the convergence of technology and education. Sessions will be presented by Blackboard as well as clients and partners.

Among the innovations to be unveiled by Blackboard is the company's visionary product strategy. This strategy will demonstrate how Blackboard will help academic institutions foster Networked Learning and Networked Transaction Environments. A Networked Learning Environment™ exists when any student or teacher can view instructional content, collaborate with educators, evaluate academic performance, and access any learning resources at any time to achieve their educational objectives. A Networked Transaction Environment™ enables members of a campus to use a universal account on campus, off campus and online for all commerce transactions, activities and facilities access and Web services.

More than 45 booths will be featured in the exhibit hall at the event for attendees to visit, learn about new ideas and exchange information. A sampling of topics to be discussed at conference booths, sessions and in keynote presentations includes:

--  Blackboard Building Blocks™ - applications which extend the
    Blackboard® platforms
--  The K-12 market and how it is using technology to foster learning
--  Blackboard Client Support
--  Blackboard's Product Development Process
--  The Evolution of the Campus Card
--  Mobile Learning with Blackboard®
"We are very pleased and excited about the vast number of people who will be coming together at the Blackboard Users Conference," said Michael Chasen, CEO of Blackboard. "People from all different regions of the country and world, of varying backgrounds and knowledge will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet for a common goal -- innovation through technology and education. We expect this to be our best year yet."

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite™ and the Blackboard Commerce Suite™. Blackboard's clients include colleges, universities, schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff in North America, Europe and Asia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent 10-Q filed with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of April 11, 2005. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to April 11, 2005.

Contact Information

  • Blackboard Public Relations Manager:

    Melissa Chotiner
    Blackboard Inc.
    202-463-4860 ext. 2404

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