Blinkx Plc : blinkx Pioneer is Recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering
06/25/2012| 03:56am US/Eastern
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - June 25, 2012- blinkx founder and CEO
Suranga Chandratillake has been awarded a coveted Silver
Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for advancing the
cause of British engineering through the development of
blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search
The Silver Medal awards celebrate the strength and diversity
of UK engineering and are given to those who have achieved
significant commercial success in their fields.
Technology pioneer Suranga Chandratillake led the development
of blinkx, which he founded in 2004 and launched in 2005.
blinkx uses patented search technologies that listen to-and
even see-video on the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and
accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. By
indexing more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral
and TV content, and making it fully searchable and available
on demand, blinkx has established itself as the remote
control for the video web.
Now a highly regarded expert on the convergence of the Web
and TV, Suranga graduated from Cambridge University with a
degree in Computer Science back in 2001, before holding a
variety of roles in technology, including U.S. CTO of
"Britain has a long and proud tradition of producing some of
the very best engineers in the world. I am truly honoured to
receive this recognition," said Suranga Chandratillake,
founder and CEO, blinkx.
Suranga will receive the Silver Medal at the Academy's
annual awards dinner at London's Royal Opera House on 26
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world's largest and
most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed
more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV
content, and made it fully searchable and available on
demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant
challenge - the growing amount of TV and user-generated
content on the Web means keyword-based search technologies
only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search
technologies listen to-and even see-video on the Web, helping
users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not
available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video
search for many of the world's most frequented sites.
blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information
is available at www.blinkx.com.
Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx
A technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in
next-generation search, Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx
in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. After early
success, Suranga took the company public on the London Stock
Exchange in May 2007. Prior to founding blinkx, Suranga was
U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation, responsible for growing
Autonomy's research and development division in the
United States. Before joining Autonomy, Suranga held a
variety of roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan
Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign. Suranga received his MA
in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
A highly regarded expert on the convergence of the Web and
TV, including the future of television, interactive TV and
online advertising, Suranga is often invited to speak at
leading industry events including Financial Times'
Digital Media Conference, Cannes Lions International
Advertising Festival and Monaco Media Forum. Named a Young
Global Leader Honoree in 2009 by the World Economic Forum,
Suranga has also been recognized as one of the top 10 leaders
in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500
list, and one of Digital Media Wire's "25 Executives
to Watch in Digital Entertainment".
About The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Academy's Silver Medals were instigated in 1995. They
are awarded annually to engineers who have made outstanding
contributions to British engineering but have been working as
an engineer for no more than 22 years. Up to four medals may
be awarded each year.
Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes
the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our
fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers -
provides the leadership and expertise for our activities,
which focus on the relationships between engineering,
technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy,
we provide independent and impartial advice to Government;
work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide
a voice for Britain's engineering community.
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