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Follett’s Nader Qaimari to Serve as Judge for Googlepalooza ‘Student Hackathon’ Contest

CHICAGO, IL, Aug 18, 2016 – Nader Qaimari, President of Follett’s preK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, will serve as a judge for the "Student Hackathon," a contest that is part of this week’s Googlepalooza conference presented by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The third annual conference runs today and tomorrow (Aug. 18-19) at Whitney Young High School in Chicago.

Teams of up to six students in grades 9 to 12 will compete in the first-ever Hackathon to design and prototype an application to improve how teachers and administrators interact with the district’s student information, such as grades, attendance and schedules. At no point will students have access to any personally identifiable student information.

Qaimari and his fellow judges will evaluate entries on each of the two days with prizes awarded to the top three winning teams. Team presentations will be made during the two afternoons, with the judging results to cap each day.

"This is not only an honor to serve on the judging panel but it will be an absolute pleasure," Qaimari said. "Since we have Aspen, our own student information system at Follett, I will be watching with keen interest to see what these bright young minds design."

The CPS Googlepalooza conference is geared to support all principals, teachers, clerks and staff as they utilize Google tools to teach, learn, work, and collaborate more effectively. Presentations and workshop sessions highlight each day’s agenda; it is free to attend.

Earlier this year, Qaimari was promoted to President of Follett School Solutions. He joined the company in July 2014 and quickly earned key promotions, including being named Executive Vice President of Follett Corporation in October 2015.

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Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.