A foot-activated water pump. LED lamps to treat jaundice in newborns. Pay-as-you-go solar power.
These innovative technologies focused on improving lives in developing countries were among those highlighted at the recent Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, in San Jose, CA. The annual program and signature event of the Tech Museum of Innovation is always inspiring, but this year’s gathering was particularly moving as it chronicled the significant impact of the Laureates during the first 15 years of the Tech Awards.
We invite you to learn more about the efforts of the Laureates to benefit humanity by viewing their video stories below.
- Source International: Holding mining and oil extraction companies accountable for pollution
- Equal Access: Addressing critical, local issues through informative and educational media programming
- Souktel: Matching job seekers with employers through basic cell phone technology
- Angaza: Enabling off-the-grid customers to pre-pay for clean solar energy
- IDE-India: Transforming farming through low-cost, foot-powered water pump
- D-Rev: Saving lives by designing and delivering appropriate medical technologies
- PATH: The 2016 Laureate Impact Award Recipient – Improving lives of the most vulnerable through vaccines, women and children’s health, and nutrition.
The history of the Awards was reflected in a brief film, The First 15 Years, which spotlights each of the 294 Laureates who have been awarded more than $5 million in unrestricted cash prizes and collectively helped to improve 2.6 billion lives around the world. A tribute was also paid to the 11 recipients of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award which include Bill Gates, Gordon Moore and Dean Kamen.
The Tech also announced the exciting evolution of the program to become a year-round effort called The Tech for Global Good. Going forward, the program will include a series of annual exhibits featuring innovations for pressing global problems, educational programs that incorporate social innovation, and new summits and events to celebrate technology and inspire the next generation of innovators.
Applied Materials is proud to be a supporter of the Tech Museum of Innovation and a founding partner and presenting sponsor of the Tech Awards since its inception. The company salutes all laureates past and present for their commitment to our global community in helping solve the world’s most pressing problems.