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The Tech Awards Social Innovation Workshops

Sponsored by NASDAQ OMX and Accenture

The Tech Museum of Innovation, NASDAQ and Accenture are partnering to provide Young Social Innovator Scholarships for high school students to attend The Tech Awards Social Innovation Workshops. Scholarships to attend these workshops are limited, so interested students must fill out an application.

Applications are now open for the next workshop: Renewable Building Materials for Earthquake Preparedness. Applications are reviewed and selected on an ongoing basis, as they are received. Therefore, applications received up to the deadline will only go through the selection process if there is space available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, OCT. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Scholars will:

  • Earn a scholarship to cover the cost of their registration in this exclusive Young Social Innovator workshop.
  • Receive complimentary family admission to The Tech Museum of Innovation on the day of the workshop.
  • Receive coaching by professionals in the field.
  • Design and build their own model structures for earthquake preparedness.
  • Learn the process of design and innovation to improve the world around them.

Next Workshop:

Renewable Building Materials for Earthquake Preparedness

Sunday, October 19, 2014 
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
The Tech Studio @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

Discover how civil engineers protect you during Earthquake Awareness Week at The Tech! Through an exploration and active modeling of renewable building materials and innovative construction processes, participants will learn the methods and materials by which building can be made more sustainable, less expensive, and more durable than ever before. 

Upcoming Workshops:

Mobile Water Pathogen Detection for Public Health

Sunday, December 7, 2014
1 to 4 p.m.
The Tech Studio @ The Tech Museum of Innovation
Clean water and technology innovation will come together during this final workshop of the year. Investigate the ways that cutting edge technology can be adapted for all environments, domestically and internationally. Participants will have the opportunity to purify and test water while interacting with technology designs that are still in prototype phases and ideate new solutions on their own.

Past Workshops:

3D Printing for Humanity

Sunday, July 20, 2014 
1 - 3 p.m.
The Tech Studio @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

Limited to 40 students, selected through the Young Innovators Scholarship Program.
Explore how the growing world of 3D printing technology can be used to innovate for emerging markets and social benefit. Participants will have the opportunity to 3D print protein gels and learn about the tremendously varied applications that these technologies have today, and will have in the near future.

Empowering the Underserved, One App @ a Time

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m.
The Tech Studio @ The Tech Museum of Innovation 

Limited to 30 students, selected through the Young Innovators Scholarship Program
The Tech Museum of Innovation, in partnership with the Frugal Innovation Lab at Santa Clara University, presents a workshop for teenagers to explore how mobile phone technology can be used to help disadvantaged people both locally and globally gain access to critical information and local resources, which improves their lives while providing a path out of poverty. 
Participants will learn how mobile phones can benefit society through building applications that help homeless people in our own community pursue jobs, healthcare, sustainable housing, obtain access to community services, and stay connected with friends and family. 
A Tech Laureate from 2013, Alejandro Maza of OPI “Open Intelligence” will share his experiences with starting a social enterprise to provide all of the world’s citizens with a voice in their community and federal government(s) through mobile tools; including the homeless.
The Community Technology Alliance (CTA) of San Jose will provide up-to-date information and guidance that allows participants to empathize deeply with homeless people in the local San Jose area. Participants should come ready to take part in a friendly competition; two groups will compete for a grand prize based on how they perform over the course of the workshop. 
  • Dr. Silvia Figueira
    • Associate Professor of Computer Engineering (School of Engineering, Santa Clara University) 
    • Head of Mobile Lab, Frugal Innovation Lab
  • Radha R. Basu
    • Director, Frugal Innovation Lab
    • Dean's Executive Professor, School of Engineering
    • Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
  • Alejandro Maza
    • Founder and CEO, OPI
    • 2013 Young Innovator Laureate, The Tech Awards
  • Allan Baez
    • Community Technology Alliance’s Connect Santa Clara County Project Manager
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team engineering design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.
The Frugal Innovation Lab is in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. Its mission is to develop accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets.
The Community Technology Alliance, based in San Jose, harnesses technologies to empower communities to develop data-driven solutions to poverty and homelessness.

The Tech Awards Social Innovation Workshops