Jeff Skoll, a preeminent visionary and champion of global peace and prosperity, will be honored this fall by The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, for his unending quest to find the answers to some of humanity's most pressing challenges ranging from climate change to water scarcity to nuclear proliferation.
Presented by Applied Materials, The James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help to combat today's critical issues. Skoll joins an august roster of award recipients that includes education and cross-cultural dialogue advocate Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Applied's Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan, who inspired the award.
"The Global Humanitarian Award is personally very meaningful to me for two primary reasons. Even when I was a young engineer, I really believed that technology could help improve people's lives. It's the great enabler. It gives voice to the voiceless, it empowers people, and it connects them," Skoll said. "The second reason is the company that it keeps. When I look at the list of past recipients, these are all people who I've worked with directly, and I deeply respect the work they're doing. So, it's very humbling to be considered alongside these great humanitarians."
James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award recipient Jeff Skoll
Skoll was the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, the world's largest on-line marketplace, headquartered in Silicon Valley. He went on to create the Skoll Foundation in 1999, which quickly became the leading foundation for social entrepreneurship. Its flagship program, the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, currently supports 81 leading social entrepreneurs whose work serves the neediest populations in more than 100 countries.
In 2009, Skoll founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, whose initial focus includes five global issues - climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and the Middle East conflict.
According to The Tech Museum officials, Skoll's unselfish work for the greater good of humanity made him this year's best candidate for this coveted award. "Jeff Skoll personifies the true essence of the Global Humanitarian Award," said museum board member and Interim President Mike Hackworth. "His work around the world is effective, empowering and far-reaching. We should all aspire to contribute with Jeff Skoll's incredible commitment and persistence."
Skoll will accept the top honor at the Santa Clara Convention Center on October 20 during The Tech Awards Gala, presented by Applied Materials, in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The award will be presented at a ceremony that also recognizes 15 innovators from around the world who apply technology in creative and practical ways to solve entrenched problems in health, education, environment, economic development, and equality. Since the inception of The Tech Awards program in 2000, 230 laureates have been recognized.
"Each year, the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award is given to a leader who motivates others to take action. Jeff's personal commitment to philanthropy and his passion for helping people by creating thought-provoking films is worthy of this high recognition." said Mike Splinter Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials.
Skoll also founded Participant Media in 2004. Participant's films partner with advocacy campaigns to engage social action on issues addressed in their award-winning films. Skoll has served as an executive producer on more than 25 films including The Kite Runner, An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, which have collectively received four Academy Awards and 18 nominations.
"The Tech community has incredible innovations, ideas, and ingenuity," Skoll said.
"By uniting us in our collective self interest, we can make a better world for everyone."
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The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.
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About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society
The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) is to promote the use of science and technology to benefit underserved communities worldwide, primarily by working with socially-minded entrepreneurs. The CSTS implements its mission through its signature program, the Global Social Benefit Incubator, its partnership with The Tech Museum in The Tech Awards program, the Frugal Innovation Lab and its numerous educational and public engagement activities. CSTS is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University that embody the University’s mission to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world. More information can be found at http://www.scu.edu/socialbenefit