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Press Release Date 
Thursday, November 12, 2009
WHAT: Meet the inspiring people behind the pioneering innovations used to create a more humane, just and sustainable world. Spend some one-on-one time with this year's 15 Laureates and learn about their inspiring technologies during The Tech Awards Showcase, the public exhibition of projects that address global issues on the environment, economic development, education, equality and health. The Tech Awards Showcase is meant to help raise public awareness of pressing global challenges while recognizing the outstanding work of the Laureates whose technological innovations are meant for the betterment of humanity. The Tech Awards Showcase takes place on the morning of the international awards show, The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum. Each year, the Laureates are honored at a formal evening Gala where they are recognized onstage and presented with an award trophy to celebrate their accomplishment. One Laureate in each award category receives a $50,000 cash prize. Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore will also be honored during the evening ceremony. WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. SPEAKERS: Karen Turner, Director, Office of Development Partners, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (Keynote) Dr. Peter Friess, President, The Tech Museum Dr. Charles Gay, President, Applied Solar, Applied Materials, Inc Dr. Elizabeth A. Hausler, Founder and CEO, Build Change, The Tech Awards Laureate 2008 LAUREATES: For more information on the Laureates and their projects, go to WHERE: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2 150 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95113 ***Photo and interview opportunities with The Tech Award Laureates, The Tech Museum representatives and sponsor companies*** To schedule an interview or photo, please call Anne Heise at 415-677-2731 or email About The Tech Museum 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 educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. MEDIA CONTACTS: Roqua Montez The Tech Museum (408) 795-6225 Anne Heise Ogilvy Public Relations (415) 677-2731