(SAN JOSE, Calif.) November 7, 2007 - Technology is changing the world and tonight in San Jose, some of the biggest and brightest stars in the industry were honored for their contributions to helping society address global challenges. The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., awarded $250,000 at a black-tie gala to five technologists, educators, scientists and social entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve our world. The five $50,000 cash prize recipients hail from the United States, Chile, the United Kingdom, Canada and India, and have developed or adapted technology in creative ways to solve worldwide problems.
Each year, The Tech Museum Awards honor 25 innovators from around the world in five categories: Education, Equality, Environment, Economic Development, and Health. One project is selected from each category to receive a $50,000 cash prize. The cash prize recipients are encouraged to reinvest their winnings in additional innovative programs that utilize technology to significantly improve the human condition.
"The Tech Museum Awards program embraces philanthropy, technology, and innovation - bringing thought leaders from around the world together in Silicon Valley to celebrate how technology can solve global problems," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech. "The projects and the Laureates that we honored this evening are all great examples of how technology can and does change the world every day."
The 2007 Tech Museum Awards cash prize recipients are:
Intel Environment Award
The Integrated Salmon-Seaweed Cultivation project attaches algae to a salmon-net pen to absorb nutrients from the salmon to clean the environment. This technology reduces the demand for natural seaweed using an environmentally and socially integrated approach.
Accenture Economic Development Award
blueEnergy provides a low-cost, sustainable solution to the energy needs of marginalized communities through the creation of hybrid wind and solar energy systems. By manufacturing wind turbines locally, energy costs are kept low, servicing is made easier and jobs are created in disparaged communities.
Microsoft Education Award
TakingITGlobal.org, is a free multilingual online platform that employs Web 2.0 community tools supporting youth creating change in their communities and around the world. Online community users can create their own blogs and engage in discussions, access opportunities and launch their own multimedia expressions.
Swanson Foundation Health Award
Diagnostics Development Unit, University of Cambridge & Diagnostics for the Real World:
Signal Amplification System (SAS) technology as a diagnostic format to greatly increase the sensitivity of lateral-flow based rapid tests. This technology has already translated into three new diagnostic tests for the detection of Chlamydia, trachoma and hepatitis B.
SanDisk Equality Award
Devendra Raj Mehta:
Mehta helped create the Jaipur Foot/Limb, a simple and extremely efficient prosthesis that utilizes innovative technology and materials. The Jaipur Foot/Limb allows normal walking, running, sitting, climbing and other daily activities. Since 1975, nearly 1 million people worldwide have been fitted for the Jaipur limb.
"The Tech and all of the sponsors of the Awards program are thrilled to reward and recognize the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of these Laureates and all of this year\'s Tech Museum Awards winners," said Lee Wilkerson, executive director for The Tech Museum Awards."We look forward to seeing how the creative applications of their technology will continue to impact society on a global scale, and to encouraging the connections that will give these projects increased visibility."
The Tech Awards collaborate with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through global outreach efforts, giving people around the world the opportunity to benefit from the successful technologies recognized through the awards. The gala was attended by more than 1,500 global technology leaders, philanthropists and guests.
This year, more than 700 nominations were received, representing 68 countries. The 25 Laureates come from 11 countries and their projects affect people in 115 countries around the world.
"Applied Materials and all of Silicon Valley are proud to recognize these heroes of technology," said Mike Splinter, president and chief executive officer of Applied Materials. "We can all learn a lot from this pool of global innovators and social entrepreneurs and their success in using technology to make a difference in the lives of people around the world."
Gordon Moore was recognized at the Tech Museum Awards Gala as the 2007 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award winner. "It\'s an honor to recognize the humanitarian work of Gordon Moore, who - from his earliest achievements in the industry to his philanthropic efforts today - has shown a passion for and dedication to improving the world through innovative uses of technology," added Splinter.
The Tech Museum Awards represent a collaborative effort among educational institutions and businesses. Key partners supporting The Tech Museum Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara University\'s Center for Science, Technology and Society, and global outreach partners the United Nations Development Programme, the American Council for The United Nations University, the World Bank Institute, and Catholic Relief Services. Category sponsors include Applied Materials, Inc., Intel Corporation, Accenture, SanDisk, Microsoft and The Swanson Foundation. Program sponsors include Wells Fargo, Genentech, eBay, KPMG, Cadence, Celerity, The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation, NASDAQ, HP and Google. In-kind sponsors include American Airlines, Forbes, The Mercury News, NBC11, PodTech, San Jose Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Hotel Montgomery, Fairmont San Jose and Siltronic.
About The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity
The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing and supporting solutions that benefit humanity and address some of the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The Laureates (individuals, for-profit, public and not-for-profit organizations) recognized by the Program each year must demonstrate: the use of technology to significantly improve the human condition in one of the five areas; evidence that a serious problem or challenge with broad significance is addressed by this use of technology; a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions; a novel application that represents a breakthrough or a creative adaptation of an existing technology; the potential for this use of technology to serve as an inspiration or model for others. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world.
For more information about The Tech Museum Awards, visit www.techawards.org
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org
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