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Tech Awards Call for Nominations – deadline 24 March 2008

It’s that time again – The Tech Museum is putting out a global call for nominations for the Tech Awards, which recognize technologies that benefit humanity.  Those of you who know small NGOs around the world doing great work – please nominate them.  I am always disappointed to find so many winners from the “developed” world.  While Sumitomo Chemical deserves recognition and acclaim for inventing a cost-effective technology for long-lasting mosquito nets, does it really need the award money?  And all the individuals and organizations from the U.S. and Canada who have won – again, most of these people are well connected, informed, and networked – they have the means and ability to get funding from multiple sources.  Let’s nominate those for whom this award will have tremendous impact.

Tech Museum Awarding $250,000 in Cash Prizes

Global Call For Nominations of Innovators Using Technology to Benefit Humanity

Nomination Deadline: March 24, 2008

www.techawards.org

The Tech Museum Awards is a unique and prestigious program that honors and awards innovators from around the world who use technology to benefit humanity in the categories of:

  • Education
  • Equality
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Health

Reward those making a difference and nominate today. A simple nomination form can be found at www.techawards.org. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and companies are all eligible. Program details, including judging criteria, can be found at The Tech Museum Awards website listed above.

Each year, 25 Laureates are honored at a gala dinner, invited to participate in press and media coverage, and introduced to a network of influential advisors. An inspirational and unforgettable event, the black-tie celebration will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on November 12, 2008. One Laureate in each category will be granted a $50,000 cash prize.

Gillian Caldwell of WITNESS, 2003 Laureate in the Equality category and cash prize recipient, called The Tech Museum Awards”…a truly remarkable program that has given WITNESS acclaim for using technology to document human rights abuses. I was deeply honored to be recognized along with 24 other innovators from around the world who are working to improve human life through technology. The exposure generated from receiving this award and the $50,000 cash prize will surely lead to expanded services, awareness, and improved solutions for ending violations of human rights.

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Tech Laureate Venture Network Showcase – 7 November 2007

The Tech Museum Awards is an international Awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.

For the first year since its inception in 2001, I will miss the Tech Laureate Venture Network (TLVN) Showcase – an opportunity for individuals, philanthropists, businesses and nonprofit leaders to meet the 25 Tech Laureates chosen each year for having developed successful ways to use technology to benefit people around the world.  The awards are given to five winners in each of the following categories:  Economic Development, Education, Equality, Environment, and Health.  Some are individuals, like our friends Brij Kothari (who founded PlanetRead and BookBox) and Ashok Gadgil (who founded waterhealth and with whom Mark and I worked on fuel-efficient cookstoves in Darfur), others are nonprofits, like Benetech (a two-time winner), Video Volunteers and Institute for OneWorld Health, and still others are for-profit corporations, like MBA Polymers, SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd., and Seawater Greenhouse Ltd.

The TLVN will be held this year on November 7, from 8:30am to 11:00am at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (not the Tech Museum, where it has been held in the past), 150 West San Carlos Street.  There is no fee but admission is by invitation only.  If you’d like to go, email Amanda Reilly: areilly at thetech dot org by October 31.

If you can’t make it, you might want to check out this year’s winners here: http://www.techawards.org/laureates/


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