Skyline Technologies: Takes the Appleton Compassion Project to the cloud

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Appleton, WI (February 28, 2011) – Skyline Technologies is proud to announce our involvement in the Appleton Compassion Project, an art project involving over 10,000 Appleton Area School District art students. Starting in fall 2010, participating students received a six-inch-by-six-inch art panel to draw or paint their idea of compassion. Each student also creates a corresponding compassion statement that elaborates on the theme of their artwork. The project is a unique opportunity to share the Appleton area students’ idea of compassion to a worldwide community and aspires to teach the practice of compassion through the use of art.

Skyline Technologies has partnered with the Trout Museum and the Appleton Area School District to create a virtual exhibition to support the Museum’s exhibit and make it available for people across the globe. The unique experience that Skyline has created will allow the community to find artwork by student name, school, grade, or teacher in an engaging way. The experience will also extend to museum attendees so they can view the many compelling statements that accompany the art.

“The Appleton Compassion Project is one of the most ambitious exhibitions that The Trout Museum of Art has organized”, said Tim Riley, Executive Director of The Trout. “To be able to present 10,500 works of art not only in the museum’s galleries but also virtually in the cloud, will allow individuals to experience the Appleton Compassion Project in extraordinary fashion. We are thrilled with the amazing, cutting-edge technology that Skyline Technologies is using for this project.”

Skyline needed to choose a platform that would enable the school district to quickly deal with the demand of thousands of parents and family members wanting to see their
student’s work and allow them to manage cost as well. They chose to implement a cloud solution based on Microsoft Azure, which they have been using since Azure’s introduction at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in 2008. The application takes advantage of Microsoft’s DeepZoom and Pivot technologies providing a unique experience for students, parents, and museum visitors alike.

“This is a great project to be a part of, both on a personal level and a corporate level”, said Skyline’s Senior Software Engineer, John Ptacek, who is leading the development efforts for the project. “It’s an opportunity for Skyline to showcase our capabilities to the community at large when it comes to the cloud. There aren’t many companies out there that are on the leading edge of this technology like we are. Plus, it’s a project that will benefit the school system and the community; it doesn’t get much better than that!”

In addition to the website and application, Skyline is building mobile apps for the Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7 platforms.

To learn more about the Appleton Compassion Project, visit


About Skyline Technologies

Skyline Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Green Bay, WI with offices in Appleton and consultants on-site at client-partner facilities. Skyline is recognized as a world-class IT services firm specializing in software development, business intelligence, enterprise portal, web design, and online marketing support services to clients throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Skyline is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and employs nearly one hundred information technology and online marketing experts.

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