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On Monday night, we were named a 2012 Honors Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program in Washington, D.C. The annual award program honors visionary applications of IT promoting positive social, economic and educational change. Thanks to Morgan Stanley, we were nominated in the Collaboration category–which recognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to promote knowledge-sharing and enable collaboration on mutually beneficial economic, social, environmental, health or research initiatives–for the work of our Atlassian Foundation (Atlassian’s philanthropic venture).

The Atlassian Foundation donates 1% of annual revenue, employee time, and company equity to address global issues such as global poverty and environmental sustainability. In addition, it grants free software licenses–known as Community User licenses–to nonprofits and open source projects, giving them access to the same collaboration and project management tools used by Fortune 100 companies. These licenses empower charitable organizations to work more quickly and efficiently, ultimately allowing them to focus their efforts on the lives of those they touch.

For our case study we featured the International Potato Center (CIP), a stellar example of how one organization has put its Community License to good use. CIP uses Atlassian products to maintain its International Standard Organization (ISO) accreditation, ensuring that CIP’s genebank – which produces potato and sweet potato yields – doesn’t harbor pests or diseases that could wipe out crops or make them inedible for poor people in the developing world. Atlassian’s collaboration products have enabled CIP to spend more time fighting global hunger and poverty than managing its accreditation processes.

We are always humbled by the life-changing and innovative ways our products are being used to advance the mission of such commendable causes. Thank you to Morgan Stanley and ComputerWorld for the nomination, to the International Potato Center for its inspiring work, and to all of you who are using your Atlassian products for the betterment of your community – we share this award with you!

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