Solving Humanitarian Challenges Through Technology

Nov142014

Visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner created CNN giving us access to news 24 hours a day. He changed the way we view sports, cartoons and movies. And he made an historic pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation.

Recognized as a man who set out not only to change the world but to make it better, Ted Turner was awarded the 2014 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award at the recent Tech Awards in San Jose, California. In presenting the honor, Applied Materials Executive Chairman, Mike Splinter, introduced Mr. Turner stating “he not only promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and just world, but he stands as a role model to others who have followed his example to commit great wealth to great purpose.”

Through the Turner Foundation, the honoree works to improve air and water quality, develop a sustainable energy future to protect our climate, safeguard environmental health and habitats, and advocate for policies to curb population growth. His commitment to philanthropy and to the environment is closely aligned with that of Jim Morgan for whom the award is named. A recent PBS segment details the history of the Tech Awards and Jim’s leadership.

At the centerpiece of the Tech Awards was the recognition of the ten 2014 Laureates who are using technology to benefit humanity as they address some of the world’s most critical challenges.