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Tech Museum Awards 2004 Call for Nominations

Press Release Date 
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Video equipment to document the world's social injustices, innovative bridges spanning rural Nepalese rivers, and polymer beads that soak up oil spills and other hazardous chemicals in the water – these are a sampling of the technology solutions impacting our global community that the Tech Museum Awards honored last year. The Tech Museum of Innovation is calling for nominations for its 2004 Tech Awards program, with a final deadline of April 5, 2004. Five laureates in each of five categories – Equality, Environment, Economic Development, Education, and Health – will be announced in September 2004. Subsequently, one laureate in each of the five categories will be granted a $50,000 cash prize at the November 10, 2004 awards gala to further their work. Annually, twenty-five Tech Award laureates are recognized for their pioneering use of technology to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Presented in partnership with Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Awards give primary recognition to technologies with a high potential of yielding lasting, beneficial impact. In addition to Applied Materials' presenting sponsorship, award sponsors include: Knight Ridder Equality Award, Intel Environment Award, Accenture Economic Development Award, and Microsoft Education Award. Any person or group may submit nominations, and individuals or organizations may nominate themselves. Individuals, for-profit companies, and public or not-for-profit organizations are all eligible. Nominations may be submitted online at

About The Tech Museum Awards
The concept for The Tech Awards and its five categories was inspired in part by The State of the Future 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 improve the human condition. The Tech Awards were inaugurated in 2001, and have since generated over 1,000 nominations across 75 countries. Judging for The Tech 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. Worldwide, the center assembles panels of judges for each category, recruited from research institutions, industry and the public sector.

The Tech Museum Award Partners
The Tech Awards represent a collaborative effort among educational institutions and business. Silicon Valley leaders supporting The Tech Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Category sponsors include Knight Ridder, Intel, Accenture, and Microsoft. 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

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, 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 young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH.