SMART Technologies Receives Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Leadership Award

SMART Technologies Recognized for its Ground Breaking Educational Product Innovations  in the North American Interactive Flat Panels Market

CALGARY, Alberta, April 26, 2016SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions has been selected to receive the 2016 North American Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership from global growth partnership firm Frost & Sullivan. SMART Technologies has earned the award for driving in-class interactivity and student engagement to new levels with its ground-breaking, expanded line of interactive flat panels (IFPs), used in millions of K-12 classrooms all over the world.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product line that caters to the breadth of the market it serves. The award recognizes the extent to which the product line meets customer base demands, the overall impact it has in terms of customer value, as well as increased market share.

“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of the tireless efforts we’ve taken to usher in a new era of education through the innovative use of technology,” said Warren Barkley CTO of SMART Technologies. “Mobile devices and computers are now widely used in the classroom, and with our education product line we’ve succeeded at creating learning tools that leverage these devices for increased collaboration and productivity among students,” he said.

SMART Technologies educational products include both software and hardware, both of which are designed to support collaborative lesson plans and innovative pedagogy in the classroom. All of SMART’s educational products are powered by the SMART Learning Suite, which provides the world’s best education software to connect students, teachers and devices. The SMART Learning Suite includes SMART Notebook® software, SMART amp™ software and SMART Lesson activity builder. SMART Notebook software is used by 2.4 million educators to quickly create and merge dynamic interactive lesson content.

In hardware, the most advanced member of the award-winning SMART kapp product family is kapp iQ, a sleek, ultra-high-definition display that enables game-changing collaboration for meeting rooms, breakout spaces, offices and classrooms. SMART kapp iQ combines the simplicity of the “walk-up-and-use” practice of the original SMART kapp whiteboard with an incredible, multi-way, multi-device collaborative experience.

The SMART Board 6000, which includes Object awareness™ that automatically differentiates between a finger, pen or palm, as well as Pen ID ™ that allows students to write independently and simultaneously in any lesson activity using different colored ink.

The full line of SMART Technologies products can be viewed at www.smarttech.com.

About SMART Solutions for Education 

Nearly 70 million teachers and students around the world use SMART solutions for education to make learning more interactive, engaging, effective and fun. A consistent innovator and the inventor of the SMART Board® and SMART's Learning Suite (featuring SMART amp™, SMART lab™, SMART response® 2 and the world's most popular collaborative learning software, SMART Notebook®). With a full range of interactive displays, including flat panels, projectors, whiteboards and the SMART kapp™ digital capture board, SMART helps educators achieve better learning outcomes. To learn more, visit smarttech.com/education.

About SMART Technologies Inc.

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and businesses around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating into two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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For more information, please contact:
Jeff Lowe
403-407-5330
VP of Marketing
SMART Technologies Inc.
JeffLowe@smarttech.com

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Posted: April 26, 2016
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