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Tech-It-Up - The Sharp® Classroom Technology Challenge Kicks Off

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America ("SIICA"), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation ("Sharp"), today announced the return of Tech-It-Up - The Sharp® Classroom Technology Challenge.

One K-12 accredited school in the U.S. will win a grand-prize of $100,000 worth of state-of-the-art Sharp branded products for their classrooms, providing their students with a technologically advanced learning experience. Sharp will also award an AQUOS BOARD™ Interactive Display System to 10 runner-up schools.

Sharp has been leading the evolution of classroom technology, from the award-winning AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display Systems, to a full line of innovative Multi-Function Printers. 

"At Sharp, we are thrilled to bring back our Tech-It-Up Classroom Challenge," said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America.  "We've seen the role that technology plays in the classroom as it helps facilitate a more interactive learning experience. Knowing we share the same passion as educators, we are very proud to offer technology that enriches the experience of students in classrooms everywhere."

In order to enter Tech-It-Up - The Sharp Classroom Technology Challenge, K-12 accredited schools will need to answer two questions. Schools will have until April 30, 2015 to enter. The winner will be announced on or about May 15, 2015. Entries must be submitted online: www.sharpusa.com/tech-it-up

About Sharp Electronics Corporation  Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. Sharp was named one of the Most Admired Brands in America and one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally*.  

*Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013.

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America   Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, color MX Series multifunction printers (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Sharp® MFPs feature the Sharp OSA® development platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan2 technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance scanning reliability and preserve document integrity.  To help documents safe from unauthorized users, Sharp is a leader in the MFP industry in security by offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.

Through U.S. B2B sales channels, Sharp is one of the top selling brands for Large Format Commercial Displays, has the #1 revenue share for 60"+ Commercial Displays, and is the #1 selling brand for 55"+ Commercial Integrated Touch Displays*. Sharp's professional and commercial displays are specially engineered for business applications and are offered in a wide range of sizes. From high-impact displays for digital signage, to our award-winning ultra-thin bezel video walls, to the innovative AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display systems, Sharp products help you communicate, collaborate and disseminate information brilliantly.

*According to Monthly Large Format Commercial Displays Report by DisplaySearch (now part of IHS), January 2015.

For more information on Sharp's energy efficient products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J., 07495-1163. For online product information, visit Sharp's web site at www.sharpusa.com.

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