Participate Named as Finalist in 2018 NC Tech Awards

Participate, (formerly VIF International Education) a provider of leading-edge technology, comprehensive K-12 global education programs and support services for educators, announced today that it has been selected as a finalist for the NC Tech Awards Corporate Impact award.

We are proud to be listed among the most impactful organizations in North Carolinas thriving tech industry, said David B. Young, CEO of Participate. Participate continues to deliver on our promise to support educators as they actively engage in learning communities, ignite change and create impact on a global scale.

The NC Tech Awards are the only statewide awards to recognize achievement in technology. The awards are hosted by the NC TECH (North Carolina Technology Association), an established organization whose goal is to foster growth and innovation in North Carolinas tech sector while providing a voice for the tech community. It boasts 650 member companies representing more than 200,000 North Carolina-based employees.

As a Corporate Impact award finalist, Participate is recognized for making North Carolina a better place to live and learn for both teachers and students. The company has deep roots in providing resources and opportunities to teachers, as Participates blended professional development and cultural exchange programs have made an impact in North Carolina for more than 30 years. Its programs and services impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative professional learning. The Participate professional development platform has 60,000 users across 49 countries, 6,000 of which come from North Carolina alone. The company strives to empower these educators to create innovative, open learning environments that encourage curiosity.

For over 20 years, NC TECH has celebrated companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding achievement at the NC TECH Awards. As a finalist this year, Participate has distinguished itself as one of the states innovative and emergent leaders, stated Brooks Raiford, NC TECHs President and CEO.

The awards process culminates with the NC TECH Awards Gala on November 15, 2018 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, N.C., where hundreds of business, technology and public leaders from across the state will gather to celebrate the tech sector and honor the winners and finalists in each category.

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About Participate

Participate empowers educators to further their growth and transform their classrooms through collaborative learning, language acquisition and cultural exchange. Participate has built a leading professional development platform that houses resources and tools to guide teachers through experiential learning, helping students create impact on a global scale. Participate has established a national and international presence, further allowing schools and districts to implement high-quality, modern professional development built by and for educators. With a mission to ensure equitable and inclusive access to quality education around the world, Participate is dedicated to creating, sharing and enabling authentic learning experiences centered on collaboration. Participate is a certified B Corp and ˜Best for the World honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina. NC TECHs mission is to foster growth and champion innovation in North Carolinas tech sector, while providing a voice for the tech community through professional networks, government affairs, talent development and sector promotion. For more information, visit our website at

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