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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 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.That is what Zero1’s “Seeking Silicon Valley” is all about. The Festival runs from September 14 through December 8 both online and at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Check out the solar phone booth at Gore Park, visit the Computer History Museum to learn about Google Doodles, enjoy live performances and public art, and be sure to go meet Ada at the Garage!
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!