Using Technology for Global Good

Today’s electronic advances enable rapid, life-changing solutions to social problems. In creative and caring hands, the technology Applied Materials makes possible can impact all of us on a global scale. Imagine having the opportunity to meet with and learn from such innovators who are truly changing the world.

At the inaugural Tech for Global Good Celebration and program launch, five incredible Laureates were honored for their groundbreaking humanitarian projects using technology to address critical human needs. Projects ranged from a crisis text hotline offering immediate support to teens and others in need of help, to affordable communications software for mobile devices—giving a voice to people with disabilities and enabling them to live a fuller life.

A special honor was given to Khaled Hosseini—best-selling author and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency—who received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. Hosseini was recognized for his philanthropic leadership and his advocacy on behalf of refugees. His most recent work, Sea Prayer, is an illustrated 360 film that employs cutting-edge virtual reality technology to raise awareness of the modern refugee’s plight.

While the Tech for Global Good Celebration offered an inspiring opportunity to hear stories of the Laureates and their impact on society, the learning continues through a year-round Tech for Global Good Exhibit at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. Visitors can now explore societal challenges, examine possible solutions and discover how this year’s Laureates have used innovative technology to change the world.

Applied Materials is a long-time supporter of The Tech Museum of Innovation and proud sponsor of the James C. Morgan award—named for our CEO Emeritus, Jim Morgan, who inspired and received the first-ever award in 2004. We encourage you to learn more about the role technology can play in advancing global good and to explore creative solutions to social issues. The next brilliant innovator could be you.

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