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As part of our 15th year retrospective we are holding a competition, by invitation only, to past Tech Awards laureates. Criteria for The 2017 Tech Awards will be available later this year. Check back here for updates. If you have questions please contact Leslie Zane firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intel Environment Award
Although technological innovation has sometimes been at odds with sound environmental practices, technology can contribute to clean water, improved air quality and sustainable development. This category includes the challenges of balancing population growth with available resources, protecting animal and plant life, as well as addressing the escalating demands for safe and efficient energy.
Microsoft Education Award
Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation and lack of resources of all types. Used creatively, technology can enhance the education of people of all ages, by enabling learning and improving the effectiveness of teaching. Technology has the promise of making lifelong learning a reality for more and more people around the world.
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award
This category recognizes the inspirational work of young people (under the age of 27 as of December 31) who are using technology to confront the world’s most vexing problems. The Young Innovator Award is intentionally broad in scope as it spans all the other categories of The Tech Awards: environment, education, health and economic development. Additionally, it embraces the UNDP Millennium Development Goals for 2015: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. For this category, judges will assign more importance to innovation than proven impact.
The Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award
The potential of technology to create jobs and provide people with livelihoods seems limitless. From developments in the most advanced technological fields to streamlining agricultural processes, human ingenuity continues to break new ground. Technology can create markets, help bring goods to market or deliver the marketplace to people, ultimately helping to reduce the gap between rich and poor.
Sutter Health Award
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.
First, you will fill out a short eligibility form consisting of three questions. You will receive notification regarding your status within 72 hours. If you are eligible, you will then be directed to fill out the complete online application and provide two references. We suggest that you notify your references very early in the process to ensure your application will be finished before the deadline.
You can access the application system as many times as needed in order to understand and answer the questions. Applications are not complete until two references are included. Applications must be submitted in English and can be submitted to one category only.
Selected laureates are eligible to win $50,000 in unrestricted cash prizes.
The project must address a well-defined problem on a global scale and use innovative technology in one of five categories: Environment, Education, Young Innovator (born in 1988 or later), Health or Economic Development.
Both the technology and the application are ground-breaking and stand out from current solutions.
The innovation is being used in the field and the impact is already measurable.
The annual budget is less than $50 million.
Young Innovator Award Critera
Applicants, and their essential teammates, must be 27 or younger. Dates of birth will be required.
You will be asked to describe applicants’ roles in the project; people in supporting roles can be older than 27.
You must have produced a working prototype of your innovative technology.
Real-world testing and deployment is encouraged in the judging process.
Intel Environment Category
Sean White is co-founder and CEO of BrightSky Labs, a company he incubated while an entrepreneur in residence at Greylock Partners. Sean is a past environment laureate.
Victoria Kamsler is an environmental ethicist and director of the Katerva Awards.
Bill Mains is director of sustainability and leadership development in the Undergraduate Business Programs office at Santa Clara University
Microsoft Education Category
Piya Sorcar is founder and CEO of TeachAIDS and a past education laureate.
Frank Worrell is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.
Donika Dimovska is senior program director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D).
Geoff Chang is the principal at Mountain View Whisman School District and former Dean of Students at the New York City Department of Education.
Mary Rauner is director of strategic planning and operations at Regional Educational Laboratory West.
Equality and Young Innovator Category
Bernadette Clavier is director at the Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kyle Ozawa is senior manager of business operations at Invoice2go.
Sarah Soule is the Morgridge Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sobrato Organization Economic Development Category
Jitendra Kavathekar is managing director at Accenture Open Innovation at Accenture Technology Labs.
Melinda Briana Epler is founder and CEO of Change Catalyst.
Kristin Gilliss is a senior investment partner at Mulago Foundation.
Anurag Mairal is a consulting associate professor of medicine and director of the Global Exchange Program at Stanford Biodesign, Stanford University.
Amy Lockwood is chief of staff at Global Health Sciences, UCSF.
Dennis Boyle is a partner and founding member of IDEO.
Casey Santiago is program director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D).