The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT), and a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, today announced it has entered into a partnership with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps social entrepreneurs find and retain free legal assistance through Lex Mundi's global network of first-class independent law firms. With this partnership the Tech Awards Laureates - global innovators who are applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change - will all have access to free legal assistance through the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.
The Tech Awards is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing and supporting people who have developed ideas, products and solutions that address some of the most critical issues facing people worldwide. The Tech Awards celebrate innovators in five categories including education, equality, environment, economic development and health. The partnership with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is an example of the ongoing resources offered to Laureates as they continue to harness the power of technology and science to solve the most pressing global challenges.
"Our philosophy at the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is to support innovative leaders for change who are using entrepreneurial approaches to solve problems in communities, regions, countries and the whole world," said Chloe Holderness, deputy managing director of the Foundation. "As such, we see a common goal with The Tech Awards. We are thrilled to offer pro bono legal services to these incredible Laureates with powerful ideas for improving the lives of people around the world."
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is affiliated with Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation calls upon Lex Mundi's unique global network of 160 top tier business law firms to provide legal assistance to "social entrepreneurs" on a pro bono basis. By providing social entrepreneurs with access to critically-needed legal assistance, the Foundation joins the global social entrepreneurship movement for positive social change. The partnership with The Tech Awards offers important legal resources that will help Laureates succeed with their projects.
"At The Tech, we are excited about this new partnership and the ability to support our Tech Awards Laureates with legal resources to help them advance the important work they are doing," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech. "With Lex Mundi member firm lawyers advising our Laureates, they can continue to create and innovate while enjoying the peace of mind that comes with the engagement of a qualified legal team."
The Tech Awards program was founded in 2000, and since then has welcomed 200 Laureates into its year-round network. This year's 25 international Laureates will be honored at The Tech Awards Gala 2008 on November 12 in San Jose, California.
About the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Foundation is an affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. The President of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is Carl Anduri, who is also the President of Lex Mundi. The Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of the same individuals who serve on the Executive Committee of Lex Mundi.
The day-to-day operations and activities of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation are supervised and administered by its Managing Director, David Roll, Senior Partner and former Chair of Steptoe & Johnson LLP; its Vice President, Ben Greer, former Chair of Lex Mundi and Partner of Alston & Bird LLP; and its Deputy Managing Director Chloe Brooke Holderness, former associate with McGuireWoods LLP.
For more information on the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, please visit http://www.lexmundiprobono.org
About The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity
The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing technical solutions that benefit humanity and address the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The awards program honors 25 scientists and innovators annually alongside the recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world.
For more information about The Tech Awards, visit www.techawards.org
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org
The Tech Museum of Innovation