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Press Release Date 
Monday, March 6, 2006
The Tech Museum of Innovation is issuing a global call for nominations for the 2006 Tech Museum Awards. This is a unique program that honors innovators from around the world who use technology to benefit humanity in the following categories: • Education • Equality • Economic Development • Environment • Health The Tech Museum Awards program inspires global engagement by recognizing people and organizations using technology to address the world's most critical issues. Individuals, for-profit companies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Nomination forms and Awards criteria can be found online at The deadline for nominations is April 3. Following the nomination period, eligible nominees will be invited to submit applications. Then, 25 Laureates will be selected by an international panel of judges. Five Laureates will each receive a $50,000 prize at a gala dinner held in November when Silicon Valley gathers to celebrate their creativity. In 2005, The Tech Awards received 647 nominations from 80 countries. The Awards program was launched in 2000. The Tech Awards were inspired in part by the United Nations University "State of the Future" report. The Awards categories are based on the 15 Global Challenges outlined in the report. Tech Awards partners and sponsors include: Applied Materials, Inc., Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University, American Council for The United Nations University, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank Institute, Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies Foundation and The Swanson Foundation. About The Tech Museum: 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 technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH. ###