Intel Environment Award
Intel Corporation, the world's largest chip maker, is proud to support The Tech Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who create and use technology to develop lasting and beneficial solutions to solve global challenges. The Intel Environment Award highlights innovators and their achievements which mirror our commitment to environmental stewardship and which embrace The Tech Awards credo — Technology benefiting humanity. This year's Laureates come from around the globe and demonstrate the kind of innovation and creative thinking we seek for in our approach to improving the environmental performance of Intel products and operations.
At Intel, we forever strive to make products that are more energy efficient, environmentally safe, and climate sensitive. Intel is serious about reducing our environmental footprint and bringing social and environmental benefit to our communities.
Microsoft Education Award
Microsoft is pleased to sponsor the Award for Education. We believe that people can do amazing things if they have the necessary tools and resources. Microsoft is committed to helping individuals, communities, and nations gain access to the technology and skills they need to realize their full potential in all aspects of life. The company is working to help make software more accessible and easier to use, to promote digital literacy, and to create global economic opportunity through technology.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award
The presentation of the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award reflects the Swanson Foundation's dedication to its founder's basic principals to change the world for the better and to recognize the contributions of young people. Robert A. Swanson, co-founder of Genentech, believed in the power of individuals to make a difference. He was inspired by the genius of new ideas, challenged by the difficulty of making the impossible work, rallied by the energy of teamwork, exhilarated by success and humbled when it changed the life of one human being. Katherine M. Swanson was Bob's beloved daughter. She was a young woman whose heart, mind and spirit reflected the compassion, determination and creativity that compel today's laureates to change the world for the better. The Tech Awards laureates reflect Bob and Katie's commitment to preserving, protecting and enhancing the ability of all people to lead free, independent, productive and happy lives. They make us proud.
The Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award
The Sobrato Organization creates and operates world-class office buildings and apartment homes in Silicon Valley, helping to ensure the technology industry can continue to grow and flourish in a way that is sensitive to the impact of development on the local community. Sobrato is proud to support The Tech Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations using technology to benefit humanity and solve global challenges. The Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award highlights innovators developing and using technology in innovative ways to create jobs and provide people with livelihoods, thereby reducing the gap between rich and poor in developing nations around the globe.
PayPal Equality Award
PayPal is proud to honor those who are using technology to reduce inequality within and among countries and specifically pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
Technology is in the process of revolutionizing health care, from improving the quality of life for those with disabilities to eradicating deadly diseases. Biotechnology discoveries, enhanced imaging and incredible new surgical procedures are some of the fields of endeavor. Technology can help feed the world's populations, alleviate suffering and find cures for life-threatening ailments.