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Siobhan manages philanthropy and corporate responsibility initiatives aligned with Applied Materials’ core value of making a positive social contribution in communities where the company operates and its employees work and live.
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.
The Applied Materials Foundation is proud to fund Partners’ work in three of the most challenged districts in San Jose, CA and even more proud that the partnership between the organization and the Foundation was selected to be recognized by the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy with its 13th Annual Excellence Award.