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.
While there is a plethora of material about key traits of good leaders, few have chosen to focus on the importance of being a good sub-leader or “second-chair leader.” The 2013 Advancement Academy, funded by the Applied Materials Foundation, brought together more than 40 Austin-based nonprofits for a day filled with training that explored how to strengthen the second-level leaders in their organizations.
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.
Applied Materials hosted United States Congressman Mike Honda and members of the newly formed Silicon Valley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Board to discuss advancing STEM programs throughout schools across the U.S. to ensure that the children of today have the educational background to become the tech innovators of tomorrow.
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.
At Applied Materials we understand the value of global diversity and inclusion and we weave it into the fabric of our company. It is reflected in processes and day to day business practices and culture. Recently the company held celebrations in California, Texas and Massachusetts to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion.
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.