Thursday, June 9, 2011

High Tech Demos at LEEF 2011 to Include Avatars and Voice Controlled Virtual Robots

High-tech hands-on demos and exhibits are mainstays of the annual Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and LEEF 2011 will be no exception with its array of new training simulations.

Harrisburg, PA, June 09, 2011 - High-tech hands-on demos and exhibits are mainstays of the annual Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and LEEF 2011 will be no exception with its array of new training simulations. Attendees at the June 16-17 event will get to create and play various training simulations and mobile applications during the annual event, which also features keynote speakers, case studies and workshops to explore the use of games, simulations and virtual worlds and how these new approaches for learning.

Hands-on demos and exhibits for 2011 will include:

Real-Time Environments and Avatars for Learning
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Build and play an immersive training simulation with the Real-time Environments and Avatars for Learning (REAL) system. Focused on analytic and decision making skills, REAL enables learners to use their knowledge, skills and abilities to synthesize information and execute available courses of action to solve complex problems.

Rapid Mobile Application Development

Create a mobile application and then view it right on your iOS or Android mobile phone. Learn how anyone with experience making sites on the World Wide Web using HTML and Javascript can use their existing skills to create mobile applications. See how appMobi's XDK development tool and build services makes any Web developer into an applications developer.

Voice Controlled Virtual Robot

BlueGrid Technologies
See the FreeSWITCH module for voice recognition software in action inside a virtual world. By putting a web service wrapper around FreeSWITCH, BlueGrid has enabled voice commands in a virtual world. Navigate a virtual robot around a virtual world with your voice at this high tech demo.

Using case studies, exhibits, and other hands-on learning opportunities, the annual LEEF event showcases how games, simulations and virtual worlds are used from leadership and program management, to emergency evacuation or electrical safety. Attendees at past LEEF events enjoyed presentations of case studies from IBM, DAU, Applied Research Associates, Forio, the US Naval Academy, Centrax, Novonics and others who are overcoming challenges and implementing effective solutions with games, sims and virtual worlds!

Additionally, LEEF 2011 is expected to feature focused instructional workshops, one-on-one time with innovators and entrepreneurs in the exhibitors’ area, and lots of opportunities for networking with a diverse array of attendees.

The annual event is ideal for training and development professionals, e-learning designers and developers, educators and instructors, and game designers and developers.

Keynote presentations include:

* Fun is Not the Enemy of Work, Nathan Verrill, Co-Founder of Natron Baxter Applied Gaming & Gameful, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 9:00 am;

* Immersive Education and Training, Michael Macedonia, Vice President and Vice President and Chief Scientist at SAIC, Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:30 am;

* How IBM Leads Change with Serious Games, Phaedra Boinidiris, Serious Games Program Manager at IBM, Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:15 pm.

Organized by the 2010 Technology Educator of the Year and Harrisburg University faculty member, Andy Petroski, the University has become the ideal host for the annual forum since it is pursuing innovative approaches to games and learning for performance through its Learning Technologies Master of Science program and its Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies.

More information on becoming a presenter or exhibitor at LEEF 2011, or to sign up for updates, please go online or email

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to the event. The University’s location in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it’s only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University.

Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Parking is available in the Harrisburg Parking Authority operated garage accessible via Fourth Street. Cost for parking in the garage is $5.00 for 0-2 hours. Kiosk for parking accepts cash only. More information on parking rates and directions to the University are found online at

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email

Steven Infanti
AVP Communications
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Tweeting Your Way To The Top - Connie Podesta Shows How to Make All 140 Characters Count

Award winning author Connie Podesta gives business professionals something powerful to Tweet about. Her new award winning book "10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd" helps business people Tweet their way to the top.

Dallas, TX, June 09, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- "Communication is one of the most vital tools we can harness in terms of building better companies and better relationships," says author, keynote speaker and change expert Connie Podesta. "How you present yourself in person - and now through social media platforms speaks volumes to your character, integrity and frankly, they are deciding factors for people to determine whether they want to do business with you."

Connie Podesta ( ) is a keynote speaker, award-winning author and change expert with a reputation for shaking things up - but in a good way. Never one to "sugar-coat" - she gives organizations, leaders and individuals the tools, strategies and solutions necessary to affect real positive change. Her new book 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd ( ) provides hundreds of perfectly "tweet-able" tidbits for professionals to share with their social network in a positive, productive and fun way.

"WOW! 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd is in a league of its own. Fun to read and loaded with insight and right-on-target information! The best part? Every topic you want to learn more about in order to achieve success is all in one book! The tweet-able pull quotes are icing on the cake!" says Jeff Steele, President of Identity Theft Restoration, APSA International, LLC.

Connie's 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd ( ) 140-character-or-less-gems are becoming more than just something to tweet about - they are quickly becoming the affirmations which sales and business professionals are adopting to live fuller, richer lives.

"There's enough negative in the world to go around," notes Podesta. "My goals mirror those of most top leaders. People need real positive change today. They need to see possibilities where others see obstacles. They need to feel empowered rather than powerless. And they need real-world solutions to help them achieve these things. That's what I can bring to the table." Podesta is featured in a short video - Re-New Your Positive Attitude - at which demonstrates her commitment to creating positive change in the world.

What are business professionals or their organizations "talking" about online?

* Teamwork?
* Communication?
* Competitive edge?
* Customer relationship building?
* What's for dinner?

10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd ( ) delivers fresh, powerful and innovative ideas. Beautifully designed to be both easy on the eyes and compelling to engage - it makes reading, absorbing and sharing a must. It's not like any other business book you'll ever open.

About Connie Podesta:
Connie Podesta ( ) has mastered captivating audiences and readers across the globe. Her comedic timing coupled with her extraordinary insight is quick to have people on their feet clapping, on the edge of their seat learning, and eager to take notes. Companies who have "never brought a speaker back twice" have invited her again and again to engage, enthrall and motivate their team members.

What do organizations need most today? Leadership skills? Team building solutions? The ability to retain old customers and attract new ones? Competitive edge strategies? All these and more can be found in Connie Podesta.

For more information on Podesta's schedule and availability or to learn more about her award winning book 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd, contact her team today at 972-596-5501, via email at or visit her website online at

Press Contact: Teresa Biehl, Vice President Marketing, Connie Podesta Seminars, 3308 Preston Road Ste. 350-119, Plano, TX 75093, 972.596.5501

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Teresa Biehl
Vice President Marketing
Connie Podesta Seminars
3308 Preston Road
Ste. 350-119
Plano, TX 75093