Change for good

The Tech launches a new program about technology with global impact

Every November since 2001, The Tech has brought to Silicon Valley some of the most inspiring stories in technology and entrepreneurship from around the world. The Tech Awards highlighted the work of people who sought to make the world better, from startups reaching the world’s most vulnerable people with education, clean energy and other life-changing services, to global nonprofits tackling diseases that harm millions.

This year’s celebration, on Saturday, Nov. 4, will be unlike any of the past 16 Tech Awards. For the first time, it is being held at The Tech. The private event will also serve as the launch of an ambitious new program — The Tech for Global Good — which will affect everything The Tech does.

“When past Tech Awards laureates shared what emboldened them to tackle a global problem, many said they were inspired while traveling abroad, meeting people and seeing their challenges,” said Leslie Zane, director of the new initiative. “The Tech for Global Good is bringing these stories into our community to inspire our visitors in a similar fashion.”

A student surveys a virtual playground of her own creation during a pilot session of The Tech for Global Good innovation lab. Participants designed an inclusive playground and then used VR to improve their work.

What can you expect from The Tech for Global Good?

  • An enhanced focus on global problem-solving in The Tech’s exhibits and programs.
  • A new exhibit updated every year to showcase social innovators who are solving problems around the world, with the first exhibit focused on five leading innovations in technology and health.
  • Youth summits and other special events that explore, support and educate about technology that benefits humanity.
  • New social entrepreneurship and innovation materials in our professional development programs for educators, which reach hundreds of teachers, and our lab programs that serve tens of thousands of students.

Upcoming events

Nov. 4: The Tech for Global Good Celebration and program launch

Nov. 7: Youth Summit at The Tech and announcement of the 2017 Moore Inventor Fellows

November–June: Tech for Global Good Social Innovation Lab, “Design for All,” begins in the museum for visitors and school groups. The hands-on lab allows people to design and create an inclusive space using virtual reality tools.

Fall 2018: Tech for Global Good Youth Conference, developed for youth by youth.

Ongoing: Additional Tech for Global Good Youth Summits; Apps for Health Social Innovation Lab; and professional development for educators.

Our supporters

We’d like to thank the partners who are making possible the launch of The Tech for Global Good. If you’d like to learn how to support this new program visit

Our partners include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; former Intel colleagues and friends in memory of Ed Gelbach and Albert Yu; Judy and Erica Swanson; Mozilla; Qatalyst; Applied Materials; PayPal; Sutter Health; Adobe; eBay; Nasdaq; Accenture; Delta Air Lines; EY; Gilead Sciences; GoDaddy; KPMG; Charmaine and Daniel Warmenhoven; and Xilinx.

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