Applied Materials

Setting the Gold Standard for Social Innovation

As I watched the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, I was impressed – not just with the amazing production – but with the hundreds of smiling athletes from countries around the globe who have worked so hard and long to realize their dream of international competition. They have developed unique talents, persevered in the face of challenges, and focused with tremendous determination to reach a goal that puts them on a global stage.It wasn’t much of a stretch for me to think of the social entrepreneurs and leaders of nongovernmental agencies who do the same thing each day … they lock their sights on a goal and drive themselves and their organizations to fulfill a vision of making a positive impact on society. Although the scale is different, the annual Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, are the Olympics for innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity and for philanthropists like Narayana Murthy who is a champion in using the power of technology to improve the way people live.
Applied Materials

Jeff Skoll Named James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian

Each year, one individual whose vision and leadership is helping to address some of the world’s most critical issues is awarded the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award – an honor inspired by and named after the Chairman Emeritus of Applied Materials.I was privileged to be involved in this morning’s announcement that Jeff Skoll will receive the 2011 Global Humanitarian Award at the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, on October 20 in Silicon Valley.