The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. honors innovators worldwide for breakthrough technologies that improve the quality of life around the globe. Building on last year's successful Award launch and enthusiastic global participation, this year over 460 nominations were received from 59 countries. Finalists will be announced on September 25, 2002, and the winners will be celebrated at the Awards gala on November 7, 2002.
The awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations that encourage the adoption of technological advances in education, equality, environment, health and economic development. In addition to global recognition, the awards will honor individuals or organizations with a $50,000 honorarium in each of the five categories.
The Tech Museum Awards advances the Silicon Valley Tech Museum of Innovation's mission to make technology understandable and available, partnering with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc., in association with Santa Clara University's (SCU) Center for Science, Technology and Society.
"Much like The Tech Museum of Innovation, these awards recognize the innovators who use technology to improve people's lives," says Peter Giles, president and chief executive officer of The Tech. "Through these awards, The Tech aims to encourage more people to develop and apply technology to solve global challenges, and to make technology understandable, available and adaptable to communities and cultures around the world."
The concept for the Awards and the five universal 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. The report states that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to improve the human condition.
SCU'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, oversees the judging process. They have assembled five panels of judges from around the world, recruited from research institutions, industry and the public sector.
In addition to Applied Materials' presenting sponsorship, award category sponsors include leading technology companies; Nasdaq Stock Market will present the Education Award, Knight Ridder the Equality Award, Intel the Environment Award, JPMorgan Chase the Health Award and Accenture the Economic Development Award.
For more information on The Tech Museum Awards visit techawards.thetech.org
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
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