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SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Tuesday February 21 - The Tech Awards, The Tech Museum's international program that recognizes innovators whose work improves the lives of millions of people, has expanded to foster a global network of laureates whose ideas lead to solutions for a better world.
The changes, which take effect now, are meant to attract a broader range of potential laureates, increase nominations from every corner of the globe, provide financial support and raise awareness about the life-changing work that affects residents from Bangladesh to Uruguay.
Among the changes:
"There has never been a time when the innovative use of technology was more important," said Tim Ritchie, museum president. "It is our hope that by increasing the financial awards and by establishing new categories we will continue to encourage a high level of innovation for a world that needs it."
Each year, laureates from around the world are honored for their efforts to use technology to benefit humanity. Since the inception of The Tech Awards program in 2001, 245 laureates have been recognized. Their pioneering work has included designing earthquake-resistant construction technology to creating a heat-sensitive label for vaccine vials to make sure children receive potent immunizations to building a simple, low-cost, mobile phone-based device that allows remote monitoring and operation of irrigation pumps.
Nominations for the museum's signature international program are now open through April 6, 2012. Prospects can nominate themselves or others for a chance to be honored as a leading light who applies technology to benefit humanity.
The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, is a signature program of The Tech Museum. In addition to the Sustainable Energy and Young Innovator categories, The Tech Awards recognizes laureates in four other categories: Intel Environment Award, Microsoft Education Award, Nokia Health Award, and Flextronics Economic Development Award. This year's program is November 15th at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
As part of The Tech Awards, an individual is honored with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Applied Materials. This award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help to alleviate humanity's greatest challenges. The impressive roster of recipients includes renowned philanthropist and social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, education and cross-cultural dialogue advocate Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Applied's Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan, who inspired the award.
Here's a highlight video  of The Tech Awards 2011:
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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 learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing 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, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.