SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the seventh year, The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the country’s
premier science and technology museums, has today named 25 innovators
from around the world to be honored by this year’s
The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity. Presented
by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum Awards honor individuals who
are applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The
esteemed group of Laureates announced today was selected from hundreds
of nominations sent in from 68 countries.
In addition to the 25 Laureates being honored, Intel co-founder and
technology industry luminary Gordon Moore will receive the 2007 James C.
Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, honoring individuals whose broad
vision and leadership are helping to address humanity’s
greatest challenges, also sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc. The
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has contributed more than $1 billion
and countless hours toward forming and investing in partnerships that
achieve significant, lasting and measurable results in environmental
conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Established in 2001, The Tech Museum Awards recognize 25 Laureates in
five categories: Education, Equality, Environment, Economic Development
and Health. These 25 Laureates have developed ways to use technology to
improve the environment and the lives of people around the world. All of
the Laureates will be showcased at The Tech in San Jose and featured on
The Tech Award’s official Web site, www.techawards.org.
One Laureate in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize,
announced during the annual Awards Gala, which takes place this year on
November 7th. The Laureates are reviewed and
selected by an independent international panel of judges administered by
the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara
“The Tech Awards program reaches out to
innovators from countries all over the world, and the quality and impact
of the work being done by the Laureates who are recognized this year is
just phenomenal,” said Peter Friess, President
of The Tech. “It’s
our goal to expand this program to become one of the premier annual
international humanitarian awards so that we can shine an even brighter
light on the innovators from around the globe whose humanitarian efforts
are changing the world.”
The Tech Awards collaborate with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) through global outreach efforts, giving people around
the world the opportunity to benefit from the successful technologies
recognized through the Awards. The selected Laureates’
projects address multiple humanitarian efforts including international
aid, natural energy, multilingual education, bird flu vaccine testing
and self-sufficiency in developing countries.
"The Tech Laureates represent an amazing group of individuals and
organizations whose creativity and innovations are being applied to
change the world for the better," said Mike Splinter, president and CEO
of Applied Materials. "Every year, Applied Materials and Silicon Valley
welcome with pride this extraordinary group that exemplifies the
excitement and promise of technology on which this Valley was built."
Sponsors for the five Tech Museum Awards categories include: Intel for
the Environment Award; Accenture for the Economic Development Award;
Microsoft for the Education Award; and The Swanson Foundation for the
Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award. Sponsorship of the Health Award is
Below are the 2007 Laureates and a brief description of the winning
2007 Intel Environment Award
Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron (EZVI) Team, Jacqueline W.
Quinn, Cherie L. Geiger, Christian Clausen III, Kathleen B. Brooks,
and Debra R. Reinhart: EZVI was created by placing
zero-valent-iron particles into a stabilized, biodegradable water-oil
emulsion to reduce environmental contamination risks when cleaning
rockets in NASA’s space program.
Fundacion Terram: The Integrated Salmon-Seaweed
Cultivation project attaches algae to a salmon-net pen to absorb
nutrients from the salmon to clean the environment. This technology
reduces the demand for natural seaweed using an environmentally and
socially integrated approach.
Marc André Ledoux, Consortium
SudEco Industrie: Ledoux combined two technologies to transform
harmful aquatic plants into new cooking fuel. A floating grappling is
used for fast and easy removal of the plants, which are then
compressed, dried and turned into pellets for cooking fuel.
Joe David Jones, Skyonic Corporation: Skyonic
Corporation addresses the significant issue of greenhouse gas
emissions through the mineralization of CO2
as carbonate compounds. It removes heavy metals and acid gases to
address both the current problem with carbon capture and the future as
Solar Sailor: Solar Sailor created solar sail and hybrid
marine power which is suitable for a wide range of applications from
small unmanned vessels to large tankers including ferries, cruisers
and yachts. Vessels using this technology have higher fuel savings,
unlimited range, passenger comfort and are environmentally friendly
with zero emissions.
2007 Accenture Economic Development Award
Anil Chitrakar, Babu Raja Shrestha and Prachet Kumar Shrestha,
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness: Environmental
Camps for Conservation Awareness and Centre for Renewable Energy
turned Nepal’s 300 annual days of sun into
a safer light source and an economic opportunity by developing a
solar-powered Tuki — originally a kerosene
lamp that is both costly and emits toxic fumes —
and by offering microfinancing and training for people to make, sell,
and service the lamps.
Association La Voute Nubienne: The Association La Voute
Nubienne created the VN technique, which is the first major replicable
instance of the construction of timberless vaulted, earth brick
buildings in Sub-Saharan Africa. It features a cable guide to
determine the radius of the vault, weatherproof plastic sheeting and
other modern features.
blueEnergy: BlueEnergy provides a low-cost, sustainable
solution to the energy needs of marginalized communities through the
creation of hybrid wind and solar energy systems. By manufacturing
wind turbines locally, energy costs are kept low, servicing is made
easier and jobs are created in disparaged communities.
CellBazaar, Inc., Kamal Quadir: CellBazaar developed and
provides an electronic marketplace that can be assessed through mobile
phones. Product sellers can list their items on CellBazaar where
they are visible to 15 million rural and urban mobile phone users in
Kiva.org: Kiva.org allows users to browse through
profiles of qualified entrepreneurs on the Kiva website and make a
small loan of $25 or more. Kiva pools money from individual users and
transfers it to a finance corporation that will administer the loan.
Journal updates allow lenders to see how their money makes a
difference in the lives of the entrepreneur.
2007 Microsoft Education Award
Canal Futura: Canal Futura uses television communication
to achieve sustainability by providing free information, education and
entertainment representing a country’s
diverse culture. It is watched 24 hours a day by 33 million people and
has trained 420,000 educators from social institutions and public
Elluminate, Inc.: Fire and Ice/Elluminate Live! is a
real-time virtual classroom software product used for highly
interactive live online classes, lectures, demonstrations and
meetings. This product helps organizations increase student
understanding, productivity and access to instructors. Whether on
dial-up or broadband, Elluminate Live! offers equal, collaborative
experiences amongst different cultures.
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education:
OER Commons is a teaching and learning network whose purpose is to
expand educational opportunities for all by increasing access to
high-quality open educational resources. It is the first comprehensive
network where teachers and students can access course materials and
share their own ideas and strategies.
Robert Shelton, Stephanie Smith, and Terry Hodgson, NASA
Johnson Space Center Learning Technologies Team: MathTrax is an
accessible education software tool to help blind and sighted students
learn and understand math and science. It describes information in
three ways – using “smart”
text, non-verbal sound and custom graphics descriptions.
TalkingITGlobal: TalkingITGlobal.org, is a free
multilingual online platform that employs Web 2.0 community tools
supporting youth creating change in their communities and around the
world. Online community users can create their own blogs and engage in
discussions, access opportunities and launch their own multimedia
2007 Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award
Counterpart International: Counterpart Data Warehouse,
is a tool created in response to deadly crises such as the Asian
Tsunami that will increase the effectiveness and transparency of
international aid. It allows users to address humanitarian needs by
designing projects, acquiring donated items, managing their shipment
and following up with recipients.
Devendra Raj Mehta, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata
Samiti: Created the Jaipur Foot/Limb that acts as a simple and
extremely efficient prosthesis that utilizes revolutionary technology
that is both effective and affordable. The Jaipur Foot/Limb allows
normal walking, running, sitting, climbing and other daily activities.
Grameen Shakti (GS): Dipal Chandra Barua has developed
an integrated approach to renewable energy technologies designed to
reach rural people in Bangladesh through the installation of Solar
Home Systems (SHSs), which are stand alone systems suitable for
providing renewable energy to remote areas outside the reach of grid
electricity. GS is also helping to promote biogas technology and
Improved Cook Stoves in the communities it serves.
Innocence Project: Innocence Project provides direct
representation and critical assistance to prisoners that may be
exonerated by DNA testing. Their ground-breaking use of DNA technology
has been used to free innocent people wrongfully convicted due to
Tropical Forest Trust: Indigenous Peoples Voice
Programme developed computer mapping tools incorporating iconic
software and automated GPS recording processes for use by illiterate
indigenous communities. This technology supports forestry operations
that identify and respect local religious, cultural and resource sites.
2007 Health Award
Diagnostics Development Unit, University of Cambridge &
Diagnostics for the Real World: Uses Signal Amplification
System (SAS) technology as a diagnostic format to greatly increase the
sensitivity of lateral-flow based rapid tests. This technology has
already translated into three new diagnostic tests for the detection
of Chlamydia, trachoma and hepatitis B.
Donald O’Neal, HELPS
International: Guatemala Cookstove Project addresses the
respiratory deaths of 1.6 million women and children each year by
reducing the amount of required firewood by 60-70 percent. It was
designed and verified using computer technology to monitor carbon
monoxide and emission of carbon particles.
PATH: Applied indicator technology for the Vaccine Vial
Monitor which is a small chemically active sticker that adheres to the
vaccine vial and changes color over time as the vaccine is exposed to
heat. The Vaccine Vial Monitors allow health workers to recognize and
replace expired vials that would not save lives or reduce illness.
Safe Drinking Water Program: PUR Purifier of Water is an
in-home system delivered to families in developing countries. The
system provides precipitation, coagulation, flocculation and residual
chlorination for 10 liters of water.
Vaxin Inc: Vaxin is developing a rapid-response bird flu
vaccine that can be manufactured without the requirement of chicken
eggs. Side effects and other problems associated with the current bird
flu vaccine will be reduced or eliminated when this current version is
released on the market.
The Tech Museum Awards represent a collaborative effort among
educational institutions and businesses. Key partners supporting The
Tech Museum Awards include Santa Clara University’s
Center for Science, Technology and Society, presenting sponsor Applied
Materials, Inc., and global outreach partners the United Nations
Development Programme, the American Council for The United Nations
University, the World Bank Institute, and Catholic Relief Services.
Category sponsors include Applied Materials, Inc., Intel Corporation,
Accenture, Microsoft and the Swanson Foundation. Program sponsors
include Wells Fargo, Genentech, eBay, KPMG, Cadence, Celerity, The Frank
and Denise Quattrone Foundation, NASDAQ, HP and Google. In-kind sponsors
include American Airlines, Forbes, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide,
Hotel Montgomery, Fairmont San Jose and Siltronic.
About The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity
The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented
by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian
awards programs in the world, recognizing and supporting solutions that
benefit humanity and address some of the most critical issues facing our
planet and its people. The Laureates (individuals, for-profit, public
and not-for-profit organizations) recognized by the Program each year
must demonstrate: the use of technology to significantly improve the
human condition in one of the five areas; evidence that a serious
problem or challenge with broad significance is addressed by this use of
technology; a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current
solutions; a novel application that represents a breakthrough or a
creative adaptation of an existing technology; the potential for this
use of technology to serve as an inspiration or model for others.
Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges
organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa
Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well
as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the
public sector around the world.
For more information about The Tech Museum Awards, visit www.techawards.org.
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science
museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose,
California – the Capital of Silicon Valley –
its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the
innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs,
the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the
internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied
Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past,
celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative
ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech
Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org.