SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

October 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Blackboard Announces BbWorld '07™ to Be Held in Boston

First Combined Blackboard and WebCT User Conference Will Feature New York Times Best-Selling Author of "Freakonomics" as Keynote Speaker

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2006 -- EDUCAUSE 2006 Annual Conference -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology to the education industry, announced today that its 2007 User Conference, BbWorld '07 will be held in Boston July 9-12, 2007. BbWorld '07, the first combined user conference in North America for Blackboard and former WebCT clients, is expected to attract the largest audience to date of Blackboard User conferences -- the 9th annual -- with an anticipated audience of about 3,500 people from academic institutions across the globe. New York Times best-selling author of "Freakonomics," Steven Levitt will open the conference with a keynote presentation. Technology guru and founder of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki, will deliver the second day keynote.

BbWorld '07 will feature an estimated one hundred client-led sessions, highlighting best practices and innovations to enhance teaching and learning. Conference attendees will have unique opportunities to network with peers from around the country, and abroad, to forge lasting relationships.

At BbWorld '06, a meeting between leaders from the Roskilde Business College in Denmark and Regional IV Educational Service Center in Houston, Texas, resulted into an exciting new trans-Atlantic course in which students from both schools interact through the Blackboard platform to exchange information and learn about each other's cultures.

"At Blackboard, we know the technology is really just a small piece of the puzzle -- it's the interaction and exchange of ideas between so many groups of people -- faculty, administrators, students, parents -- that continue to enhance teaching and learning," said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard. "It is our goal that the BbWorld user conferences foster these kinds of interactions providing a robust platform for members of the educational community to come together, at least once a year."

For more information and to register for BbWorld '07 please visit

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise software applications and related services to the education industry. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 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 in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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