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Global Awards Program Calls for Nominations of Those Using Technologies to Benefit Humanity

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 18 March, 2003
What do data tracking devices on ships, stair-master water pumps and technology classes for India's rural poor have in common? All are examples of how technology is benefiting humanity around the world. And all are Tech Museum Award winners. The Tech Museum of Innovation is now calling for nominations for the third annual Tech Museum Awards -- examples of inspiring individuals and organizations who use technology in innovative ways to improve the quality of life for people around the world. The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2003. Five finalists in each category will be announced on August 20, 2003. One winning finalist in each of the five categories will receive a $50,000 cash award at The Tech Museum Awards Gala on October 15, 2003. Presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum Awards seek to elevate nominees throughout the world who are using technology to improve the human condition in the categories of health, education, environment, economic development and equality. The awards will give primary recognition to technologies with a high potential of yielding lasting, beneficial impact. Any person or group may submit nominations, and individuals or organizations may nominate themselves. Individuals, for-profit companies and public or not-for-profit organizations are eligible. Nomination forms are found at www.techawards.thetech.org. Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society oversees the judging process. They have assembled five panels of judges from around the world, recruited from research institutions, industry and the public sector. In addition to Applied Materials' presenting sponsorship, award category sponsors include: Nasdaq Stock Market (Education Award), Knight Ridder (Equality Award), Intel (Environment Award) and Accenture (Economic Development Award). Proceeds from The Tech Museum Awards benefit The Tech's Annual Fund for Education. The concept for The Tech Museum Awards was inspired in part by The State of the Future at the Millennium report of The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University. The report states that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to improve the human condition. For more information on The Tech Museum Awards visit techawards.thetech.org Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theater, weekend workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, Tech Challenge and Tech Awards, The Tech has inspired more than 5 million visitors since opening the doors in 1990. For more information, www.thetech.org or (408) 294-TECH.