The STARBRIGHT FOUNDATION's online community - STARBRIGHT World - was the
recipient of the 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award in the Media and Technology
category. US Interactive created the private Internet-based system in conjunction with
several leading companies, including Sprint and Intel Corporation.
The Web site helps The STARBRIGHT FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization, extend its
mission of enhancing the quality of life of seriously ill children and their families. By
creating a true online community, STARBRIGHT World links seriously ill children from
their hospital beds to their peers across the country so they can help each other cope
with the day-to-day realities of living with illness. And with rich graphics, functionality, and
entertaining content, the site handles sensitive health issues in a way that appeals to
The Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program was founded in 1989 on the basis of
searching for, and recognizing, instances where vision and leadership are demonstrated
through the innovative use of information technology. All nominees become part of the
National Museum of American History's permanent record of the information technology
revolution and its impact on world culture. The nominees of 1999 included 442
innovators from 40 states and 19 countries.