and Federated Media Unveil Winners of ‘Need a Tech Makeover’ Contest and Federated Media Unveil Winners of ‘Need a Tech Makeover’ Contest

Need A Tech Makeover?

Mendon, MA (PRWEB) December 17, 2008 (, a leading online publication that provides breaking news and product reviews of computing technology, consumer electronics, and tech gadgetry, has announced the culmination of their exciting Need a Tech Makeover contest, made possible by Intel. In partnership with Federated Media Publishing, a next-generation media and publishing company, HotHardware has awarded three $ 5,000 Tech Makeovers to worthy contest winners.

The three lucky winners of the Need a Tech Makeover contest are:

Steps Off Broadway, a small non-profit theater company in Bellingham, MA
MV Fiber Farm, a sheep farm and woolen products producer in Hopewell Junction, NY
Christine Arehart – a stage 4 cancer survivor from Columbia, SC

Videos of all three Tech Makeovers can be seen here:–Video-Spotlight/

“It was an absolute blast to see the look in the eyes of the contest winners,” said Dave Altavilla, Editor-in-Chief of HotHardware. “I can’t thank Intel enough for making this all possible. We were able to make a significant impact on the lives of three wonderful groups of people. And I have to say, it was nice to get out from behind the desk to get out there and meet the readers. It was such a fitting and uplifting contest for the holiday season.”

The tech makeovers were performed personally by Dave Altavilla and Marco Chiappetta, the tech experts from HotHardware. Prizes include notebooks based on Intel® Centrino® 2 mobile technology, Intel® Core™2 workstations, peripherals including Wi-Fi routers, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, HP and Epson all-in-one printers, cameras, and other accessories, all configured and installed to overhaul each lucky winner’s technology base with leading-edge products and ultimate connectivity.

To enter the contest, and Need a Tech Makeover readers made their case for why they felt they were most in need of one of the three available makeovers. The community then voted for the contestants they felt were most worthy. A panel of judges then selected the winners based on community votes and feedback.

“The ‘Need a Tech Makeover’ program is one that really makes me proud,” said Jason Ratner, director of sales at Federated Media Publishing. “Thanks to Intel, HotHardware was able to provide a wonderful experience for three worthy award winners. I’m glad we had a chance to be involved in this. I love it when brands partner with great destinations like to create innovative Web media executions like Need a Tech Makeover. It’s incredible validation for the work we’re all doing together.”

About HotHardware provides unbiased evaluations of various high tech computer and consumer electronics products and gadgets, with a thorough understanding of leading-edge technologies and a seasoned staff of writers that has the ability to convey their knowledge to an ever-growing global audience. is widely considered one of the top tech-related online publications on the Internet because it provides in-depth analysis and timely breaking news on a wide range of topics in the high tech and computing industries and has been doing so for the past decade.

About Federated Media

Federated Media (FM) is a next generation media and publishing company that connects the highest-quality conversational content with leading brand marketers. FM Represents more than 100 of the world’s most respected websites, blogs, and social networking applications. With a unique combination of quality, safety and scale, FM leverages deep, long-term relationships with brand marketers and advertising agencies to create cost effective and meaningful media and marketing executions. Learn more at


Dave Altavilla,

Matthew DiPietro , Federated Media

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