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The Tech Museum

September 21, 2010 19:00 ET

The Tech Museum Reveals Science-Technology Laureates for International Program The Tech Awards

Honorees to Join Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Nov. 6 Gala at Santa Clara Convention Center

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  Fifteen innovators from around the world today joined an elite roster of science and technology pioneers whose life-changing work has touched millions of people in profound and positive ways.

The Tech Awards laureates 2010 were recognized for creating new technological solutions or innovative ways to use existing technologies to significantly improve the lives of people in nearly every corner of the world. The laureates and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, this year's James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award recipient, will be honored at The Tech Awards Gala on November 6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

"The Tech Awards is the premier stage for some of the most innovative thinkers of the science and technology world," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech Museum. "Each of this year's laureates has earned the right to the spotlight that the museum shines on those whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of others the world over."

The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, is a signature program of The Tech Museum. The international program recognizes laureates in five categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality, and Health.

"Applied Materials is proud of its ten year association with The Tech Awards. We continue to be inspired by the laureates and their incredible work in creating innovative solutions to some of the world's most formidable challenges," said Mike Splinter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Materials.

The Tech Awards laureates 2010 represent regions as diverse as Brazil, India, United Kingdom, Philippines and the United States. Their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide. This year, The Tech Awards attracted 1,011 nominations. Laureate projects this year represent work done in 54 countries -- up from 44 last year.

Over the years, the program has recognized more than 200 laureates around the world for their work to change lives for the better. For example, Dr. Joseph Adelegan's "Cows to Kilowatts" project, which was recognized in 2009, transforms slaughterhouse wastewater into energy -- from electricity to cooking gas. The project's biogas technology prevents water and air pollution at the same time it generates energy and organic fertilizer through nutrient recovery. The organic fertilizer and clean-burning methane produced by Cows to Kilowatts are sold to low-income farmers and poor families in Nigeria for farming and for use as cooking gas.

The Global Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Applied Materials, honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help to alleviate humanity's greatest challenges. Queen Rania was selected for her leadership efforts to protect human rights around the world and relentless campaigning for broader access to schools and higher quality education for children.

In addition to Applied's sponsorship of the Global Humanitarian Award, major corporations or foundations sponsor each of The Tech Awards categories. They are: Environment (Intel), Economic Development (BD Biosciences), Education (Microsoft), Equality (The Swanson Foundation), and Health (Nokia). Other major sponsors include Polycom, SAP, Genentech and KPMG.

The Tech Awards laureates 2010

The Tech Awards 2010, Intel Environment Award

The Amazon Conservation Team
Project: Bows and Arrows to Laptops
Project country: Brazil
Conservation programs in true partnership with indigenous peoples of the Amazon.
http://www.amazonteam.org

Peer Water Exchange
Project: Peer Water Exchange
Project countries: Worldwide
Global online network to share water solutions and approaches in an open peer-review process.
http://www.blueplanetnetwork.org

ToughStuff
Project: EmPowering People
Project countries: Kenya, Madagascar
Modular set of solar power products that combine product design with innovations in distribution.
www.toughstuffonline.org

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The Tech Awards 2010, BD Biosciences Economic Development Award

Alexis T. Belonio
Project: Rice Husk Gasifiers for Rural Eco-Energy Easing
Project countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
Cooking stove and industrial burner that use a gasification process to produce a clean-burning fuel.
www.crhet.com

Husk Power Systems
Project: Power to Empower
Project country: India
Gasification technology that filters the released gas from rice husks to power generators that make electricity.
www.huskpowersystems.com

International Development Enterprises India
Project: Treadle Pump
Project countries: India, Madagascar
Foot-operated, water-lifting devices that irrigate small plots of land in regions with high water tables.
www.ide-india.org

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The Tech Awards 2010, Microsoft Education Award

BBC World Service Trust
Project: BBC Janala
Project country: Bangladesh
Offers low-cost audio and SMS English lessons to mobile-phone users in Bangladesh.
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/trust/

CK-12 Foundation
Project: FlexBooks
Project countries: Worldwide
Changing the textbook paradigm with a free, open-content, Web-based model.
www.ck12.org

Google Lit Trips
Project: Google Lit Trips
Project countries: Worldwide
Allows users to see terrain and geographic distances in literature by using Google Earth.
www.googlelittrips.com

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The Tech Awards 2010, The Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award

A Single Drop for Safe Water
Project: People Offering Deliverable Services
Project country: Philippines
Helps communities gain access to clean water and sanitation using a social entrepreneurship model.
www.asdforsafewater.org

Global Voices
Project: Global Voices
Project countries: Worldwide
Translates, filters, and aggregates conversations, acting as a news agency for citizen media.
www.globalvoicesonline.org

Souktel - Mobile Phone Employment Service
Project: Souktel - Mobile Phone Employment Service
Project countries: Worldwide
Reduces unemployment and stimulates growth by connecting job seekers and employers via SMS.
www.souktel.org

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The Tech Awards 2010, Nokia Health Award

Daniel A. Fletcher
Project: CellScope
Project countries: India, Uganda
Combines diagnostic microscopy with cell-phone convenience to expand access to basic healthcare in remote regions.
http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/telemicroscopy-disease-diagnosis

Venkatesh Mannar
Project: Double Fortified Salt
Project countries: India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka
Developed a process to double fortify salt with iron and iodine that keeps the nutrients stable and efficacious.
www.micronutrient.org

PharmaJet
Project: Needle-free Jet Injection Technology
Project countries: Worldwide
Developed a needle-free, single-use jet injection system.
www.pharmajet.com

For more information about The Tech Museum and The Tech Awards visit: www.thetech.org

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum -- located in the Capital of Silicon Valley -- is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum visit www.thetech.org.

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