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The Tech Plans Grand Reopening, October 4-6

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 29 August, 2002
Although closed for maintenance and upgrades September 3 through October 3, The Tech Museum of Innovation staff is planning September outreach activities and an exciting line up of Grand Reopening festivities in October celebrating the theme "Hope, Technology and the Future." The Tech's first outreach activity begins in late August with the creation of the Flag of Hope. 1,000 children, in classrooms, community groups and in the museum, will share their stories of hope for the future of technology on red, white and blue CDs that will form a 10'x20' American Flag. The giant flag will be unveiled during the day on September 11 and will be recognized during "San Jose Remembers 9/11" in Cesar Chavez Park. It will hang outside The Tech until September 15, then inside, for a closer look, at the Grand Reopening and throughout October. On September 25, The Tech will announce the 25 finalists for The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, a global awards program honoring innovators and visionaries around the world who are applying technology to improve the human condition in the areas of education, equality, environment, health and economic development. One finalist in each of five categories will be awarded $50,000 at the Awards Gala November 7. The finalists' technologies, as well as their stories of hope for a better world, will be on display for the Grand Reopening and throughout the month of October. The Tech's Grand Reopening Weekend, October 4-6, will feature a wide range of activities around "Hope, Technology and the Future." At GadgetFEST 2002, October 5 and 6, get hands-on with today and tomorrow's coolest gadgets that are changing our lives. See what's new and what's coming down the wire, a weekend to play with the latest tech "toys" with experts on-hand to answer questions. Robots, guest entertainers, Segway prototype demos, AI talking heads, lifesaving medical devices and the latest electronic gadgets will thrill and amaze! October 4-6, The Tech will host San Jose's first ever IMAX Film Festival: The Best of the Big Films, with 15 of the world's most popular IMAX films Рmany of which have never before been shown in the Bay Area. Travel to India, the Grand Canyon and Mexico, climb Everest, retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark, go inside the Human Body and conquer Extreme sports as never before. Special pricing will apply. For tickets and show times, visit www.thetech.org/film_festival. The Tech's September 3 through October 3 closure allows the museum to accomplish facility and exhibit maintenance and upgrades, from new coats of paint to converting Caf̩ Primavera into a wireless cafe to major facility repairs and network updates. The Tech engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH (8324). -30-