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Digitec and NYU/PINE Wins Gold 2022 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Award

PINE Portal recognized as the Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 9, 2022) —Digitec Interactive, a corporate training and learning and development production company, won the Gold Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology award in conjunction with NYU Steinhardt/PINE (Program for Inclusion and Neurodiversity Education) for the PINE Portal.

Through a combination of courses, tools, and resources, the PINE Portal trains educators at the primary and secondary levels on creating a more inclusive environment for neurodiverse and autistic students.

“Digitec has quickly become our most valuable business partner,” said Samara Sweig, PINE Director of Business Strategy and Operations. “They are a team that understands the needs of today’s educators and prioritizes authentic digital learning experiences.”

The PINE Portal consists of eleven courses, a content library which provides a variety of comprehensive resources and tools, developed utilizing Digitec’s Knowledge Direct learning management system. Digitec worked with the leaders of NYU/PINE and connected with autistic experts to develop the Portal’s strategy, including interactive activities, role-play, video, and a variety of diverse instructional resources.

PINE launched in 2020 with the Understanding Autism course, and since then, PINE and Digitec have worked together to build more illuminating courses and resources to advocate NYU/PINE’s mission of ‘empowering school systems to celebrate neurodiversity & transform inclusive practices.’

These projects include:

  • PINE Accelerator courses
  • Executive Functioning
  • PINE Booster
  • Micro Courses
  • A Culture of Inclusion

“At Digitec, we’re all about learning,” said Jack McGrath, owner and creative director. “In fact, we’ve built a business on it. The fact that we can use our skills to help our educators learn and make a positive difference in our schools is incredibly rewarding.”

The awards were judged by an international panel of industry experts based on the value to the business, technological innovation, unique differentiators, technical functionality, and measurable results.

“We are honored to celebrate the foresight and ingenuity of our Technology award winners!” said Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke. “More than 80% of employers are optimistic about advancing digital transformation in 2023, our research shows, and that is because these organizations and individuals who are laser-focused on technology innovation.”


ABOUT DIGITEC INTERACTIVE Digitec Interactive is a learning technology and custom eLearning production company, developing educational products for corporate, association, academic, medical and non-profit clients. It is best known for its signature learning management system, Knowledge Direct, which has delivered learning to over 3 million users, worldwide. Digitec is focused on helping our clients get their people smarter faster with training that sticks. (

About the Program for Inclusion and Neurodiversity Education PINE, at NYU Steinhardt, increases the capacity of educational systems supporting autistic students through innovative online courses and tools created in partnership with autistic experts, coaching from master educators who support the school’s unique needs, and access to PINE’s professional circles that share best practices reaching beyond school walls. By focusing on strengths, developing independence and advocacy, and committing to inclusion, PINE helps schools build learning environments where all students can thrive.  (

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