The numbers are in and the results are impressive! In its nine year history, the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot has raised nearly $4.5 million for local charities that provide food, shelter and health care for underserved residents of the region.
This past Thanksgiving morning, despite the prediction of rain, skies and spirits were bright as community members of all ages took their place at the starting line— a mass of people that was four lanes wide and blocks and blocks long!
They bring passion, commitment and technological innovation to the streets of Mexico, the watersheds of India, and low income neighborhoods of Nigeria. They are providing clean drinking water to people living in poverty, educating underserved youth, and offering information to improve livelihoods of low-income farmers. They are using the power of technology to benefit humanity.
They are the ten 2013 Tech Laureates who were honored for creatively addressing some of the world’s most critical problems at the annual Tech Awards a gala event benefiting the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley.
In India, approximately 30% of the country's population - or 300 million people - do not have access to a dependable source of electricity. While solar power can be an excellent solution, barriers still exist for people living in impoverished communities. Most significant are the lack of end-user financing and the absence of reliable service and maintenance of the solar equipment.
Team UOW – from the University of Wollongong in Australia – took first place at the Solar Decathlon China! Not only did their entry score the highest points in the competition but it received recognition as the oldest house in the event. The Team avoided the environmental impacts of new construction by retrofitting a typical existing Australian home built in the period of the 1950’s and 60’s.
The wait is over as 20 student teams from 35 universities across 13 countries on six continents have officially arrived in Datong, China for the first-ever Solar Decathlon held in Asia. The China Solar Decathlon runs from August 2-11 and challenges college teams to complete against one-another to design and build an energy-efficient home that is attractive, affordable and ready for occupancy.
The idea of closing the achievement gap in low performing public schools can be overwhelming. But Partners in School Innovation, a California-based nonprofit, dedicated to transforming teaching and learning so every child -- regardless of background -- thrives is working to do just that.
Widely known for inventing the Segway, Dean Kamen, a pioneering health-care technologist and tireless advocate for science and technology, has been named the tenth recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award for his life-changing influence on persistent health challenges around the world. Inspired by Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, Jim Morgan, the award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are focused on combating humanity’s greatest problems.
Applied Materials employees are taking to the streets, the mountains, the parks and the classrooms as part of the Company’s EarthWorks campaign that celebrates Earth Day and encourages employees and their families to learn, explore and get involved this Spring.
Over the next few weeks, we will be planting trees in Alzenau, Germany, enjoying an Earth Day festival in San Jose, California, and participating in cleanup projects at Mount Fuji in Japan and at various historical sites in Korea. “Litter Gitters” will be out in full force in Whitefish, Montana and Austin, Texas employee volunteers will join the “sweep” of the city to remove waste.
The energy was obvious and the connections were working on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA … both as 40 students worked in teams to build “We Share Solar Suitcases” and when the switch was flipped on their creations to generate electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb. Best yet, the students knew that the suitcase they engineered would power the first lights for schools and orphanages in Africa.
Wondering what Corporate Social Responsibility blogs to follow in 2013?
Look no further. We have the answer for you right here.
The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests, recently published its inaugural list of 9 Corporate Citizenship Blogs to Read — and Watch which spotlights our very own Applied Materials Blog!
Innovation changes lives on a daily basis – and in very dramatic ways for people challenged by some of our world’s greatest problems. Educational inequity, access to clean water, poverty, health issues, and limited opportunities for economic prosperity.
It is reassuring to know that some of today’s best and brightest innovators are using technology to benefit humanity. Each fall, a select group of these humanitarians is honored at the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, which raises funds for the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA.
Get a glimpse into some of these Tech Laureates’ solutions to our society’s most critical problems by watching this short and inspiring video.
Things are looking up … always up… since the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot started eight years ago. A solid base of volunteers has supported an ever growing number of community members who gather in downtown San Jose to join a 5K walk or 10K run on Thanksgiving morning. And, the dollars raised for three charities have hit a new high each year.
Join us this Thanksgiving morning for the Turkey Trot by registering TODAY to help generate funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative.
Help us put the 2012 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the top!
I was a bit hesitant when encouraged to interact with a gigantic, spiked, helium-filled orb. But punching and pushing the transparent balloon to, literally, leave my mark – in charcoal on the white walls, ceiling and floor of the exhibit - at the opening of the Zero1 Biennial was actually great fun!
But not until the creator of the kinetic sculpture, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, explained to me that the work, named “Ada,” was actually an analog interactive installation linked to both Lord Byron and Charles Babbage did I start to see the giant globe as living at the intersection of technology and art.
In our highly-connected daily lives, the loss of a smart phone is a catastrophe. Disrupted electricity in the aftermath of a storm is a major inconvenience. And, low power warnings on a laptop can send colleagues scurrying for cords and wall sockets. Access to technology-based information is a given for most of us.
But for millions of people in developing countries around the world, the ability to gather information is a challenge because of lack of electricity, high illiteracy rates, and geographic isolation. How do you get vital, relevant information to rural communities that will allow residents to improve their livelihood?
It was a sweltering 110 degrees on the roof, but that didn’t deter the Applied Materials employees who volunteered to install solar panels on two homes in a modest San Jose neighborhood recently. Gallons of water, ample sunscreen, and plenty of breaks under highly-coveted shade trees fortified the volunteers who worked alongside students from local solar job training programs.
The languages were different but the lessons learned were similar. Finding innovative solutions to complex problems requires creatively, experimentation, and teamwork. And, the process of converting a concept – as clever, timely, and intriguing as it may be – to a prototype for public display can be overwhelming. Sometimes a brilliant idea is helped by a ready supply of duct tape, late night calls to mentors, last minute tweaks to wiring systems, and a presentation that includes a bit of theatrical magic!
Recently, women from some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley left their cleanrooms, computers, and cubes to immerse themselves in the world of art … and discovered that inspiration and creativity are traits shared across sectors, industries, and disciplines. The reps from Yahoo! Women in Tech had an amazing time as stated in a recent post.
Visiting the San Jose Museum of Art exhibit by Joan Brown, guests were challenged to examine how an artist – or any innovator – grapples with the complexities of a problem. They explored the results of bold experimentation and risk-taking leadership. The art prompted conversations on authenticity, cross-cultural communication, and opportunities that bring people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experiences – at work and in the community.