Honoring Technology Helping to Solve Critical Problems
The idea of using technology to benefit humanity brings to mind awe-inspiring, life-changing innovations of significant scale and impact, such as medical breakthroughs, advances in communications and high speed transportation.
But as the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, demonstrate, sometimes clever ideas and relatively simple technology, elegant and effective in design, can help solve critical problems around the world.
All 15 Laureates are amazing, but three of my favorite honorees include:
- ToughStuff: Offering a line of very affordable solar-powered products for low income people, replacing expensive and environmentally damaging alternatives (kerosene lamps and batteries).
- International Development Enterprises India: Manufacturing and distributing foot-operated, water-lifting devices that can irrigate small plots of land in regions that have high water tables.
- Alexis T. Belonio: Turning inedible, discarded rice husks into energy for cooking stove and continuous-flow industrial burners for underserved communities.
This is an exciting and busy week for the Tech Awards Laureates. All 15 will be in town for a conference at Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society with more than 30 leading global non-governmental organizations, prominent Silicon Valley technology companies, and university representatives gathering with the goal of improving the social benefit of the Laureates’ technological innovations.
Applied Materials is proud of its role as the founding and presenting sponsor of the 10 year old Tech Awards program which honors innovators who are using technology to address critical issues across the globe. We look forward to learning more about the 2010 Tech Laureates who will be recognized for their contributions in the fields of Education, Environment, Economic Development, Equality and Health at the Tech Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA.
To learn more about all Laureates visit the Tech Awards web site for more detail.