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The Tech Museum of Innovation honors international laureates and renowned Indian global humanitarian N.R. Narayana Murthy at The Tech Awards 2012

Signature program celebrates innovators who use technology to benefit humanity

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA – A dozen international tech visionaries and a renowned philanthropist will be celebrated Thursday before 1,500 technorati at the Silicon Valley’s pre-eminent awards program, The Tech Awards.

The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, will recognize Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy and 12 laureates who are using technology to benefit humanity in six categories: Intel Environment Award; Microsoft Education Award; Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award; Nokia Health Award; Flextronics Economic Development Award, and Accenture Sustainable Energy Award.

Since the inception of The Tech Awards in 2001, the signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation has recognized 257 laureates. Their pioneering work has included building a "solar suitcase" to provide emergency lighting and power for medical procedures, developing an eco-techniques toolkit that improves the living conditions in rural communities and the creation of a heat-sensitive label for vaccine vials to make sure people receive potent immunizations.

WHAT: After a specialized training for the laureates, the week culminates in The Tech Awards Gala 2012. The gala unfolds against the backdrop of an exhibition specially curated for The Tech Awards that includes some of the world’s most iconic photos - all donated by National Geographic. YouTube sensation Matt Harding, who “travels the world dancing badly” for his “Where the Hell is Matt?” series, will tap out a few steps with the laureates. And singer, songwriter Elizabeth Anker will perform along with keyboardist Dolores Duran-Cefalu to round out the program

WHERE: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA

WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012

Roqua Montez

Director Public Relations

(408) 795-6225

Amelia Vierra
Ogilvy Public Relations
(415) 677-2706
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Museum endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.
About Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. At Applied Materials, we turn today's innovations into the industries of tomorrow. Learn more at
About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society
The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Through its signature program, the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™), as well as the Frugal Innovation Lab, research in Impact Capital, and collaboration with The Tech Awards, the Center engages business and technical resources to build the capacity of social enterprises around the world. As a Center of Distinction at Santa Clara University, the Center leverages its programs to inspire faculty and students with real-world case studies, distinctive curriculum, and unique research opportunities, advancing the university’s vision of creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world. More information can be found at