SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx founder and CEO Suranga Chandratillake has been awarded a coveted Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for advancing the cause of British engineering through the development of blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine.
The Silver Medal awards celebrate the strength and diversity of UK engineering and are given to those who have achieved significant commercial success in their fields.
Technology pioneer Suranga Chandratillake led the development of blinkx, which he founded in 2004 and launched in 2005. blinkx uses patented search technologies that listen to—and even see—video on the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. By indexing more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and making it fully searchable and available on demand, blinkx has established itself as the remote control for the video web.
Now a highly regarded expert on the convergence of the Web and TV, Suranga graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Computer Science back in 2001, before holding a variety of roles in technology, including U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation.
"Britain has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the very best engineers in the world. I am truly honoured to receive this recognition," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx.
Suranga will receive the Silver Medal at the Academy's annual awards dinner at London's Royal Opera House on 26 June.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world's largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant challenge – the growing amount of TV and user-generated content on the Web means keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to—and even see—video on the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx
A technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in next-generation search, Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. After early success, Suranga took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007. Prior to founding blinkx, Suranga was U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation, responsible for growing Autonomy's research and development division in the United States. Before joining Autonomy, Suranga held a variety of roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign. Suranga received his MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
A highly regarded expert on the convergence of the Web and TV, including the future of television, interactive TV and online advertising, Suranga is often invited to speak at leading industry events including Financial Times' Digital Media Conference, Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and Monaco Media Forum. Named a Young Global Leader Honoree in 2009 by the World Economic Forum, Suranga has also been recognized as one of the top 10 leaders in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list, and one of Digital Media Wire's "25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment".
About The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Academy's Silver Medals were instigated in 1995. They are awarded annually to engineers who have made outstanding contributions to British engineering but have been working as an engineer for no more than 22 years. Up to four medals may be awarded each year.
Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.