of Innovation announces 2005 winners|
The Tech Museum of Innovation has
announced the 25 laureates for its 2005 Tech Museum Awards. The
awards, which will be presented on November 9, will honour all 25
for their work in developing technology for the benefit of humanity,
while five will share a $250,000 (U.S.) cash prize.
The annual awards honour individuals, for-profit, public, and
not-for-profit organizations who are applying technology to improve
the human condition in the areas of environment, economic
development, education, equality and health. The laureates come from
Brazil, Canada, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
"The Tech Museum Awards were founded to shine a spotlight on the
innovative work of those who dedicate their lives to using
technology to help others," said Meredith Taylor, president of the
Tech Museum. "By celebrating the accomplishments of our Laureates,
we can encourage others to become social entrepreneurs who leverage
technology to make the world safer, healthier, and more equitable."
The concept for The Tech Museum Awards and its five categories
was inspired in part by The State of the Future report of The
Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations
University, which finds that award recognition is an effective way
to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological
applications to improve the human condition. The Tech Awards were
inaugurated in 2001, and have since recognized 100 Laureates for
their pioneering work to benefit society through the use and/or
development of new technologies.
"The Tech Awards Laureates exhibit the same pioneering spirit
that has inspired the world's greatest inventions and innovations,"
stated Jim Morgan, chairman of presenting sponsor Applied Materials.
"Their breakthrough technologies are helping to provide basic needs
and infrastructure, and the ultimate promise of their work is its
power to have a positive impact on individuals and society."
The awards and laureates include:
The Intel Environment Award, for individuals developing or using
technologies that conserve and protect Earth's ecosystems: CTx
GreEn, Kitchener, Ontario; Envirofit International, Ltd., Fort
Collins, Colorado; Enviro Options (Pty) Ltd., Kya Sands, South
Africa; Norman Holy, Better Gear, Yardley, Pennsylvania; and the
Reef Ball Foundation, Woodstock, Georgia.
The Accenture Economic Development Award, given to those
providing innovative technology solutions to overcome significant
barriers to economic development in non-industrial countries: ABT
Insulpanel, Richmond Hill, Ontario; BMS, Friars Hill,West Virginia;
Malnutrition Matters, Ottawa, Ontario; SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd.,
Bangalore; and the WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia.
The Microsoft Education Award, given to individuals delivering
technology applications that remove barriers to education such as
computer and Internet access, infrastructure problems, language, and
poverty: Gilbert Clark, Telescopes in Education Foundation,
Altadena, California; Design that Matters, Inc., Cambridge,
Massachusetts; Fahamu-Networks for Social Justice, Oxford, UK;
In2Books, Washington, D.C.; MIT OpenCourseWare, Cambridge,
The Agilent Technologies Foundation Health Award, given to those
leveraging technology to improve the safety and efficiency of health
care in marginalized communities and the rest of the world: Hib
Vaccine Team, Cuba/Canada; OraSure Technologies, Inc., Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania; Partners In Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Project
Impact, Berkeley, California; Dr. Joshua Silver, University of
The Knight Ridder Equality Award, for those using technology to
overcome human rights violations and improve the local democratic
process: AMD, Sunnyvale, California; AnthroTronix, Inc., Silver
Spring, Maryland; CEMINA (Communication, Education and Information
on Gender), Rio de Janeiro; Centre for the Improvement of Working
Conditions & Environment, Lahore; Human Rights In China, New
York, NY/Hong Kong.
Silicon Valley leaders supporting The Tech Awards include
presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa Clara
University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Category
sponsors include Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies
Foundation, and Knight Ridder.