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The Tech Awards is proud to present our 2015 finalists. A panel of distinguished judges chose five finalists in each of five categories whose technology is significantly improving the human condition.
Intel Environment Award
Offers renewable, carbon-neutral biofuel that can replace coal in existing power plants without costly modifications.
Offers a lightweight, backpack-sized emergency water purifier system that has provided 7 million liters of clean water to global disaster victims.
Maintains a global database of litter to inspire action for cleanup.
Produces wheat straw fiber paper to save forests and reduce the environmental footprint of the paper industry.
Fights illicit wildlife smuggling via an app for law enforcement officers to quickly identify the legal status of commonly traded species.
Microsoft Education Award
Improves reading fluency and efficiency with a digital tool that guides the eye for online reading.
Gives young South Africans access to high-quality, locally written literature and nonfiction via their mobile devices.
Brings effective online learning tools and teacher training to Zambian schools in a model that can be adopted by other developing countries.
Provides a spatial-temporal mathematical learning system that emphasizes concepts over memorization to increase math proficiency in the U.S.
Provides free, online medical education content to pediatric health care providers and is used by more than 800 hospitals worldwide.
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award
Produces an inexpensive, networked fire detector for use in South Africa’s urban slums, where blazes are a common and devastating occurrence.
Offers a comfortable $20 brace to treat clubfoot in children in developing countries.
Is developing an inexpensive, collapsible incubator for preterm infants in developing countries.
Provides a mobile-phone based inventory system for health clinics to track medications and health care supplies, to reduce outages and medication expirations.
A simple, solar-powered water purifier that produces four liters of clean water daily for communities without access to clean water or electricity.
Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award
Provides smallholder farmers an easy-to-use digital program to record work data and ensure they are complying with food safety and sustainability standards.
Offers renewable energy services in Tanzania to areas that lack a reliable, affordable electrical grid.
Offers a simple manual machine for opticians in low-income countries to make high-quality eyeglasses using less than $1 in materials per pair.
Makes and distributes low-cost, eco-friendly sanitary pads in Rwanda so that girls can have the necessary supplies to be able to attend school during menstruation.
Is developing a global addressing system for the 75% of the world’s population without a geographic mailing address, so that all people can receive aid and deliveries.
Sutter Health Award
Employs trained African giant rats to identify the scent of tuberculosis in spit samples, to improve TB detection rates in sub-Saharan Africa.
Produces ColdTrace, a remote, cell-phone based temperature monitoring system for vaccine refrigerators to protect the integrity of the inoculants.
Offers educational pregnancy and baby-care messages to mothers and caregivers in Bangladesh, Africa and India to increase healthy pregnancy outcomes.
CircMedTech Ltd. produces PrePex, a non-surgical circumcision device used in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce HIV infection rates.
Provides a mobile-phone app for CPR-trained citizen responders to provide aid in cardiac emergencies that occur near their current location.