AMD today announced that the AMD Foundation has been named a 2012 Laureate of the International Data Group's (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program for the Foundation's use of technology to promote and advance the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of youth around the world. The annual award program distinguishes organizations and companies that use technology to support and create positive social, economic and educational change. The AMD Foundation was selected based on its ability to provide a significant benefit to society through its global signature education program, AMD Changing the Game, which is designed to take gaming beyond entertainment and inspire youth to learn. The program teaches kids how to design their own video games and, in doing so, enhances their STEM skills as well as problem solving techniques, critical thinking abilities, language skills and teamwork. "Since 2008, the AMD Foundation has been actively working with education partners to advance the STEM skills of today's youth and tomorrow's leaders. We are excited to see AMD Changing the Game bringing young people together to use modern technology to create socially relevant games," said Allyson Peerman, president of the AMD Foundation. "We are honored to be recognized by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program, and hope the award inspires others to harness the power of game design to promote the development of STEM skills of youth and the future workforce." "There's no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization's ability to compete, innovate, communicate and thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology's role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations," said John Amato, vice president/publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT." The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented on June 4th, 2012 in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, one finalist in each category will be named a 21st Century Achievement award winner. Additionally, on June 4th, coverage of The Computerworld Honors Program and Laureates will be published in Computerworld magazine and on Computerworld.com.