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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
For the eighth consecutive year, The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the country's premier science and technology museums, today announced that nominations are open for the 2008 Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The deadline for nominations is March 24, 2008. Individuals, non-profit, for-profit and government organizations are all eligible to apply. Nomination forms and Awards criteria can be found at The Tech Museum's Awards Web site at Following the nomination period, eligible nominees will be invited to submit applications in five categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Equality. In September 2008, 25 Laureates will be selected by an international panel of judges led by the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society. Five of the 25 Laureates will each receive a $50,000 prize at a gala event held on November 12, 2008, when Silicon Valley luminaries and technology philanthropists gather to celebrate the ways in which these Laureates have applied technology to address the world's most pressing issues. "The Tech Museum Awards program helps innovators and their projects connect with new funding and business opportunities essential to continuing their work," said Lee Wilkerson, executive director for The Tech Museum Awards. "We encourage global relief agencies, aid organizations, corporations and individuals alike to help us identify and nominate the projects and people whose humanitarian uses of science and technology should be recognized, celebrated and funded for even greater impact." Launched in 2000, the Awards program is inspired in part by the "State of the Future" report published by the Millennium Project of the American Council of the United Nations University. The report recommends that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthrough and technological applications to improve the human condition. "The global challenges and solutions presented by The Tech Museum Awards Laureates each year reach far beyond the boundaries of Silicon Valley to touch people and environments across the world," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech. "The Tech, along with the partners and sponsors involved in this program, believe that philanthropy should be a worldwide effort and we are all inspired by the human side of technological innovation that these Laureates showcase." In 2007, The Tech Awards received hundreds of nominations from 68 countries. The cash prize recipients this year were: Intel Environment Award Fundacion Terram: The Integrated Salmon-Seaweed Cultivation project attaches algae to a salmon-net pen to absorb nutrients from the salmon to clean the environment. Accenture Economic Development Award blueEnergy: blueEnergy provides a low-cost, sustainable solution to the energy needs of marginalized communities through the creation of hybrid wind and solar energy systems. Microsoft Education Award is a free multilingual online platform that employs Web 2.0 community tools supporting youth creating change in their communities and around the world. The Swanson Foundation Health Award Diagnostics Development Unit, University of Cambridge & Diagnostics for the Real World: Uses Signal Amplification System (SAS) technology as a diagnostic format to greatly increase the sensitivity of lateral-flow based rapid tests for the detection of diseases such as Chlamydia, trachoma and hepatitis B. SanDisk Equality Award Devendra Raj Mehta, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti: Mehta helped create the Jaipur Foot/Limb, a simple and extremely efficient prosthesis that utilizes innovative technology and materials. The Jaipur Foot/Limb allows normal walking, running, sitting, climbing and other daily activities. The Tech Museum Awards is presented by Applied Materials, Inc. Other partners and sponsors include: Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society, American Council for The United Nations University, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank Institute, Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, The Swanson Foundation and SanDisk. About The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing and supporting solutions that benefit humanity and address some of the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The Laureates (individuals, for-profit, public and not-for-profit organizations) recognized by the Program each year must demonstrate: the use of technology to significantly improve the human condition in one of the five areas; evidence that a serious problem or challenge with broad significance is addressed by this use of technology; a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions; a novel application that represents a breakthrough or a creative adaptation of an existing technology; the potential for this use of technology to serve as an inspiration or model for others. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world. For more information about The Tech Museum Awards, visit About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit CONTACTS: Lisa Croel The Tech Museum of Innovation (408) 795-6219 Analisa Schelle Ogilvy PR (415) 677-2721