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March 24, 2015 12:00 ET

Earth Hour Powers Team Communication With Cotap

Thousands of Volunteers in 120 Countries Will Use Cotap to Coordinate and Capture Annual Global Event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 24, 2015) - Cotap, an enterprise mobile messaging service, today announced a partnership with WWF's Earth Hour. As Earth Hour's official communication app, Cotap will help thousands of volunteers coordinate and capture video from landmark "lights-off" events in more than 120 countries on Saturday, March 28.

As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment today. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, businesses and landmarks in over 7,000 cities to power off their lights for an hour, in addition to participating in crowdfunding and crowdsourcing solutions for local climate issues like deforestation, air pollution and saving the Great Barrier Reef. This year, Earth Hour will continue to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to promote awareness and action on key climate themes such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture to help change climate change.

Earth Hour country teams will use Cotap's group messaging capabilities to communicate local event details, coordinate plans, and share photos and videos of multiple events in real time, including the main "lights off" event at 8 p.m. local time on March 28.

"Communicating with thousands of volunteers across several countries is extremely difficult and time intensive for our staff of eight people. Cotap was a logical choice when we were looking for a global communication partner because it's a mobile-first service, accessible to everyone regardless of where they happen to be," said Sid Das, CIO, Earth Hour. "Cotap will allow us to instantly capture and share compelling photos and videos of the energy the Earth Hour movement generates around the world. We hope it creates inspiring stories, sparks meaningful conversation and helps our volunteers feel even more a part of the Earth Hour global community."

"By partnering with Earth Hour, we're not only facilitating communication among its huge network of volunteers, but also helping to effect positive environmental action across the world, which is a huge honor," said Jim Patterson, founder and CEO, Cotap. "A successful Earth Hour on March 28 is just the beginning. We look forward to partnering in the years to come and being the service everyone in the Earth Hour community uses to spark change year round."

Cotap is free for all non-profit organizations as part of the company's 1-1-1 pledge.

About Cotap
Cotap is a San Francisco-based company bringing mobile-first communication to the workplace. Cotap combines a simple, secure mobile messaging service that employees love to use, with the security and administrative features that businesses need. Backed by Charles River Ventures and Emergence Capital Partners, the company was founded by Jim Patterson and Zack Parker, former Yammer executives with backgrounds in mobile communication and enterprise software. Cotap is available for free on iOS, Android, Web and Desktop. For more information, visit the website and follow @Cotap on Twitter.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is WWF's global environmental movement. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, businesses and organizations in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories during the hour and beyond. In 2015, Earth Hour aims to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to change climate change.

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