Calgary company belle of Obama Ball

The Calgary Herald’s Gina Teel reported yesterday that Calgary’s Smart Technologies will be part of the big picture at Tuesday’s historic inauguration of US president-elect Barack Obama. The company’s interactive whiteboards are known in classrooms and boardrooms worldwide and will be be front and centre at an inauguration event.

Smart, the privately held inventor of the Smart Board inter-active whiteboard, said its products will be used to streamline a live feed from the Neighborhood Ball in Washington, where the official inauguration of the 44th U. S. president takes place on Tuesday, to the attendees of the Bronzeville Ball in Chicago, in the historic namesake neighbourhood and community where Obama grew up.

Linda Thomas, Smart’s vice-president of marketing, said the company is thrilled to be part of the historic event, via Bronzeville, given Obama’s commitment to education technology.

Smart, which sells its products in 170 countries, saw its one-millionth Smart board come off the line in August.