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Tech Museum Awards Applicants Reach Record Number

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 17 June, 2004
The Tech Museum Awards, which honors individuals and groups around the world who leverage technology to benefit humanity, received its highest ever volume of applicants for the 2004 season from a record number of countries. This year, 321 applications were sent from representatives in 60 countries, a 5% and 20% jump from 2003 in number of applicants and represented countries, respectively. Select wide-ranging countries represented include developing countries like Armenia, Malawi, Moldova, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe and industrialized countries like China, Hong Kong, India, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Applicants are currently under independent review by Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society, a global network of academic and industry experts dedicated to understanding and influencing how science and technology impact society. Worldwide, the center assembles panels of judges for each category, recruited from research institutions, industry and the public sector.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the tremendous response The Tech Museum Awards is receiving from the international community," said The Tech's President and CEO Peter Giles. "The Tech Awards celebrates the creation of technologies for the sake of humanity rather than just for the sake of technology, and the increased interest from an even wider range of countries this year underscores that growing trend."

Five laureates in each of five categories – Equality, Environment, Economic Development, Education, and Health – will be announced in early September 2004. Subsequently, one laureate in each of the five categories will be granted a $50,000 cash prize at the November 10, 2004 awards gala to further their work. Annually, twenty-five Tech Award laureates are recognized for their pioneering use of technology to improve the quality of life for people around the world.

Presented in partnership with Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Awards give primary recognition to technologies with a high potential of yielding lasting, beneficial impact. In addition to Applied Materials' presenting sponsorship, award category sponsors include: Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, and Agilent.

About The Tech Museum Awards
The concept for The Tech Awards and its five categories was inspired in part by The State of the Future report of The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, which recommends that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to improve the human condition. The Tech Awards were inaugurated in 2001, and have since recognized 75 Laureates for their pioneering work to benefit society through the use and/or development of new technologies. For more information visit www.techawards.org.

The Tech Museum Award Partners
The Tech Awards represent a collaborative effort among educational institutions and business. Silicon Valley leaders supporting The Tech Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Category sponsors include Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, and Agilent. Sponsorship of The Tech Awards provides an organization with an opportunity to showcase its support of the global community and align itself with a prestigious program whose sole focus is to address critical challenges facing the world. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email corporate@thetech.org.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., 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. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.

Media Contact:
Tony Santos
PR Manager
The Tech Museum of Innovation
408-795-6226
tsantos@thetech.org