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The Sponsor:Founded in 1982, Autodesk is the world’s leading design software and digital content company. Autodesk provides solutions that allow customers to create, manage and share digital design information. Its design and collaboration solutions span the industries of architectural design and land development, manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications, media and entertainment.

The PartnershipArchitecture for Humanity is working with Autodesk Labs to incorporate its Freewheel application into the design of the Open Architecture Network and help members collaborate more easily. Freewheel allows users to view and share 2D and 3D designs in their browser without installing additional software. Take Freewheel for a spin.

The Sponsor: Since 1982, Sun has brought together the world's brightest technical minds to solve the world's biggest technical problems. Their vision of "Everyone and everything participating on the network" means that when people are networked, they share, they interact, and they solve problems. Sun provides network computing infrastructure solutions that include computer systems, software, storage, and services. Its core brands include the Java technology platform, the Solaris operating system, StorageTek and the UltraSPARC processor.

The Partnership: Sun Microsystems implemented the technological platform behind the Open Architecture Network and continues to support creation of ever-better tools and additional features for the site.

The Sponsor: AMD designs and produces innovative microprocessor and graphics and media solutions for the computer, communications, and consumer electronics industries. Their 50x15 Initiative aims to establish connections that will help accelerate digital inclusion. Its mission is to enable affordable, accessible Internet connectivity and computing capabilities for 50 percent of the world's population by the year 2015.

The Partnership: AMD hosted the Open Architecture Network on their servers in the past as well as partnered on the inaugural AMD Open Architecture Challenge. As an extension of the 50x15 Learning Labs program, this year's Challenge will focus on the design and construction of technology centers that realize greater educational, social and business opportunities via the Internet.

The Sponsor: Blue Gecko specializes in remote DBA and database hosting services for Oracle, Oracle Apps, and MySQL. They are a world-class Managed Service Provider that is committed to managing the complete lifecycle of their client’s Oracle and MySQL investments. Blue Gecko handles backup and recovery, performance tuning, and proactive maintenance so their clients can focus on what is most important to their business.

The Partnership: Blue Gecko is providing remote administration services for the Open Architecture Network's servers, including Oracle and MySQL management, general troubleshooting, and remote network monitoring.

The Sponsor: Hot Studio is an award-winning, people-centered design firm with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Founded in 1997, Hot Studio has served a wide range of clients across many industries. They're driven by a passion for producing compelling visual design, information architecture, and integrated strategy with a reputation of high quality, clear communication, and creative collaboration. Whether creating an intuitive website, an enlightening book, or a stunning logo, they create intelligent and thought-provoking work. Visit

The Partnership: Hot Studio used its collaborative design ethic to create the user interface and overall design of the Open Architecture Network.

The Sponsor: Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization. Everything they do—including the software they create—is free.

The Partnership: The Creative Commons team worked with Architecture for Humanity to adapt its licensing system to support the sharing of architectural plans and drawings on the Open Architecture Network.

The Sponsor: TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. An annual conference bringing together people from those three worlds, TED is best thought of as a global community. This community welcomes people from every discipline and culture with just two things in common: They seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.

The Partnership: In 2006 Architecture for Humanity won the TED Prize and was granted one wish to change the world. With funding and the support of the TED community, the prize enable us to build the Open Architecture Network.
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