ITCC Honors Acclaim and IBM with the 2017 Innovation Award


Every year the Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) presents the Innovation Award in recognition of achievements or innovations from a team for the creation of a product, service, or initiative that results in a positive impact to their company or the IT certification industry. ITCC collects submissions ranging from projects that help improve the customer or test candidate experience to achieving results where candidates are more accurately able to demonstrate their skills and abilities. Over the years, winners have showcased success and innovation in increasing security of testing, a new method for evaluations, improved market access to certification programs, and more. After receiving numerous submissions, a panelist of judges reviewed applications and the top finalists prepared a presentation on their innovation.  

This year, ITCC is thrilled to announce Acclaim / IBM as the winner of the Innovation Award. The award was presented at the ITCC Member Meeting during the Innovations in Testing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.   

 The award was bestowed for the innovative learning recognition program created by IBM as their goal was attracting, developing, and engaging a workforce of IT talent to support its strategic goals. The recognition program uses open badges, which IBM began issuing in 2015 through Pearson’s Acclaim platform. Working together, the two organizations developed and applied best practices to create an industry-leading badging program that is producing remarkable results, increasing learner engagement and motivating skills progression across IBM’s talent ecosystem. 

Through Acclaim, IBM has issued hundreds of thousands of open badges to recognize learning across its community. The two companies continue to innovate and educate together in an effort to spread the understanding and use of badges to attract, engage and progress IT talent across the globe.

The 2017 Innovation Award was presented to David Leaser of IBM Training and Skills and Peter Janzow of Acclaim, a digital badging venture opened and operated by Pearson VUE. 

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