Tech Laureates Honored for Humanitarian Innovations
I am always amazed at the ingenuity and passion on display at the annual Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials. And, last night’s Gala in Silicon Valley, a benefit for the Tech Museum, was not a disappointment.
Fifteen Tech Laureates from five countries explained their unique remedies to global problems including access to safe drinking water, the lack of financial services in India, failing education systems, and health care inequality. Solutions included a solar powered water ATM, a voice-based knowledge system accessed via mobile phones, and an alphabet-teaching puppet with its own television show!
One Laureate in each of five categories received a cash award of $50,000 to further its work. While all the Laureates deserve tremendous recognition, recipients of the top award last night were:
- Environment: AguaClara, Cornell University, and Agua Para el Pueblo
- Equality: Universal Subtitles
- Economic Development: Eko India Financial Services
In addition, the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award was presented to Jeff Skoll, the first president of eBay and a renowned philanthropist. Named after Applied’s Chairman Emeritus, the award recognized Jeff for his vision and leadership in addressing critical social issues.
In presenting the award, Applied’s CEO Mike Splinter credited Jeff as being an individual who demonstrates, through his work and his philanthropy, that technology can help individuals reach their full potential and turn their dreams into solutions for a better world.
Turning dreams into solutions for a better world is what the Tech Awards is all about. I encourage you to join me in marveling at the accomplishments of the Laureates by watching a replay of the Tech Awards Gala, coming soon on the Tech Awards web site.