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International "techmanitarians" exhibit life-changing innovations at The Tech Museum Special event to showcase technologies that contribute to a more sustainable, equitable world

Press Release Date 
Thursday, October 13, 2011
WHAT: Join us on October 18 to meet the inspiring people behind the fascinating innovations that have changed the lives of millions of people around the world in profound and positive ways. The media and public are invited to spend one-on-one time with the 15 laureates of The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The Tech Awards Showcase - the public exhibition of projects that apply technology to confront humanity's most challenging issues on the environment, education, equality, health and economic development - helps raise public awareness while recognizing the laureates whose innovative work is dedicated to creating a more humane, just and sustainable world. Among the many pioneering projects are: a "solar suitcase" to help maternal and infant clinics in Africa; an interactive, voice-based platform supporting knowledge sharing over phones; and franchised water treatment facilities with solar-powered "water ATMs." WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Registration and refreshments
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Media conference
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Meet the laureates throughout The Tech Museum *(Opportunity to interview, photograph laureates (past and present), sponsors, museum representatives)
WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA The annual The Tech Awards Gala follows on Thursday, October 20, when the laureates are honored at a formal evening celebration at the Santa Clara Convention Center. In addition to the laureates, Jeff Skoll, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, former president of eBay and chairman of The Skoll Foundation and Participant Media, will accept the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. For more information about The Tech Awards, visit: Contacts: Roqua Montez Director Public Relations The Tech Museum (408) 795-6225 About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future. Anne Heise Ogilvy Public Relations (415) 677-2731