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The Tech Museum reveals science-technology laureates for international program The Tech Awards (Also in Hindi)

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 21 September, 2010
Fifteen innovators from around the world today joined an elite roster of science and technology pioneers whose life-changing work has touched millions of people in profound and positive ways. The Tech Awards laureates 2010 were recognized for creating new technological solutions or innovative ways to use existing technologies to significantly improve the lives of people in nearly every corner of the world. The laureates and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, this year's James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award recipient, will be honored at The Tech Awards Gala on November 6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Tech Awards is the premier stage for some of the most innovative thinkers of the science and technology world," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech Museum. "Each of this year's laureates has earned the right to the spotlight that the museum shines on those whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of others the world over." The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, is a signature program of The Tech Museum. The international program recognizes laureates in five categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality, and Health. "Applied Materials is proud of its ten year association with The Tech Awards. We continue to be inspired by the laureates and their incredible work in creating innovative solutions to some of the world's most formidable challenges," said Mike Splinter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Materials. The Tech Awards laureates 2010 represent regions as diverse as Brazil, India, United Kingdom, Philippines and the United States. Their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide. This year, The Tech Awards attracted 1,011 nominations. Laureate projects this year represent work done in 54 countries - up from 44 last year. Over the years, the program has recognized more than 200 laureates around the world for their work to change lives for the better. For example, Dr. Joseph Adelegan's "Cows to Kilowatts" project, which was recognized in 2009, transforms slaughterhouse wastewater into energy-from electricity to cooking gas. The project's biogas technology prevents water and air pollution at the same time it generates energy and organic fertilizer through nutrient recovery. The organic fertilizer and clean-burning methane produced by Cows to Kilowatts are sold to low-income farmers and poor families in Nigeria for farming and for use as cooking gas. The Global Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Applied Materials, honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help to alleviate humanity's greatest challenges. Queen Rania was selected for her leadership efforts to protect human rights around the world and relentless campaigning for broader access to schools and higher quality education for children. In addition to Applied's sponsorship of the Global Humanitarian Award, major corporation or foundation sponsors each of The Tech Awards categories. They are: Environment (Intel), Economic Development (BD Biosciences), Education (Microsoft), Equality (The Swanson Foundation), and Health (Nokia). Other major sponsors include Polycom, SAP, Genentech and KPMG. Watch the Press Conference announcing The Tech Awards laureates 2010: See this press release in Hindi. For more information about The Tech Museum and the The Tech Awards visit: www.thetech.org Contacts: Roqua Montez Director Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org Anne Heise Ogilvy Public Relations (415) 677-2731 anne.heise@ogilvypr.com About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Awards visit www.techawards.org.