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Annual Tech Museum Awards Honors Five Global Innovators with $250,000

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity presented by Applied Materials, Inc., awarded $250,000 at a black-tie gala last night to educators and social entrepreneurs who use technology to benefit mankind. The five $50,000 cash prize recipients hail from Brazil, Guatemala and the United States, and their technology solutions change and save the lives of countless individuals from all backgrounds in over 25 countries. Each of the five Laureates awarded a cash prize is encouraged to reinvest their winnings in additional innovative programs that utilize technology to solve global challenges and improve the lives of people around the globe. The 2004 Tech Museum Awards cash prize recipients were: Dr. Kenneth Owens, Jr. and Paul Burgess of Humboldt State University received the Intel Environment Award for developing remote-controlled, GPS-enabled robots to seek and destroy landmines. Arcata, CA – International Development Enterprises – International received the Accenture Economic Development Award for Easy Drip, an affordable and low-waste micro-irrigation kit for poor rural farmers. Lakewood, CO – Andrew Lieberman of Asociación Ajb'atz' Enlace Quiché received the Microsoft Education Award for developing low-cost, bilingual, intercultural technology centers for indigenous Guatemalans. Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala – Rodrigo Baggio of the Committee for the Democratization of Information Technology received the Agilent Technologies Equality Award for leveraging Information & Communication Technology to promote social inclusion of less-privileged people. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Dr. Ashok Gadgil of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received the Affymetrix Health Award for UV Waterworks, a quick, low-cost system to disinfect drinking water in poor regions around the world. Berkeley, CA, United States – "The Tech Awards laureates are pioneering appropriate technology solutions to aid so many people, but it's the ease with which their innovations can be scaled and replicated elsewhere that will continue to truly make this world a better place," said Tech Museum President and CEO Peter Giles. "The ultimate promise of the laureates and their technology is the power of their examples to communicate to other innovators that they too can make a difference." "The Tech Awards symbolize the power of Silicon Valley and are intended to inspire a generation of innovators to create technology solutions that help humankind," stated Jim Morgan, chairman of Applied Materials and recipient of the inaugural Global Humanitarian Award. "The Tech Awards and the Tech Museum are indicative of the vital role that the valley plays in fostering technology innovation and our hope is that these awards provide a springboard from which the laureates can leverage the valley's resources to broaden the work they do for the benefit of people around the world." The gala, attended by over 1,300 global technology leaders, philanthropists and guests, honored 25 laureates in the categories of environment, economic development, education, equality and health. The laureates traveled to Silicon Valley from the 11 countries they represent for a week of meetings with potential funders and partners, various speaking engagements, and the black-tie gala. This year, more than 580 nominations were received, representing 80 countries. The 25 laureates come from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, Guatemala, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, the United States and Uruguay. The work for which they are honored impacts people in 37 countries around the world. Nominations for the 2005 Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity are now open. For more information and nomination forms, visit About The Tech Museum Awards The concept for The Tech Museum Awards and its five categories was inspired in part by The State of the Future at the Millennium report of The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, which recommends that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to solve the most critical global challenges. The Awards were inaugurated in 2001. For more information, visit Judging for The Tech Museum Awards is independently conducted by Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society, a global network of academic and industry experts dedicated to understanding and influencing how science and technology impact society. Judges for the five categories are recruited from research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world. The Tech Museum Awards Partners Key supporters of The Tech Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society, the United Nations Development Programme and The World Bank Institute. Category sponsors include Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies, and Affymetrix Inc. Sponsorship of The Tech Awards provides an organization with an opportunity to showcase its support of the global community and align itself with a prestigious program whose sole focus is to address critical challenges facing the world. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email or call 408-795-6155. About The Tech Museum of Innovation Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH. Contacts: Tony Santos, The Tech Museum

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