Turning Technologies wins international award

YOUNGSTOWN — A downtown technology company that’s been lauded locally for its rapid growth has won a prestigious award overseas.

Turning Technologies recently won a BETT Award in London. The local company’s audience response systems won in one of 11 categories — hardware for primary and secondary education.

The awards honor innovations in educational products. These are handed out annually by the British government’s agency that promotes technology in education, a British trade association, and the organizers of BETT.

BETT is the world’s largest educational technology show.

The award is expected to provide a significant boost to Turning Technology’s sales in Europe because the BETT awards carry a lot of weight among technology buyers there, said Jim Cossler, director of the Youngstown Business Incubator.

Turning Technologies sells its TurningPointok to schools, universities and businesses. The product can be integrated into Microsoft’s PowerPointok so presenters can receive feedback from class or audience members who use small, hand-held devices.

The local company last year opened a sales office in England and has signed deals with distributors to sell its product globally.

The award also will benefit Youngstown, Cossler said.

“This prestigious, international award really validates for the entire community that we are able to build and launch world-class technology companies from Youngstown, Ohio,” he said.

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