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Announcing the 2015 Laureates


The Tech Awards — presented by Applied Materials — is honoring 10 international laureates using technology to benefit humanity. These laureates join 277 others who have been honored since the inception of The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation. They will be honored at the 15th annual Gala on Nov. 12 in San Jose, Calif.

Intel Environment Award

DayOne Response: Offers a lightweight, backpack-sized emergency water purifier system that has provided 7 million liters of clean water to global disaster victims.

(WCS) Wildlife Guardian App: Fights illicit wildlife smuggling via an app for law enforcement officers to quickly identify the legal status of commonly traded species.

Microsoft Education Award

BeeLine Reader: Improves reading fluency and efficiency with a digital tool that guides the eye for online reading.

OPENPediatrics: Provides free, online medical education content to pediatric health care providers and is used by more than 800 hospitals worldwide.

Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award

Lumkani: Produces an inexpensive, networked fire detector for use in South Africa’s urban slums, where blazes are a common and devastating occurrence.

miraclefeet: Offers a comfortable $20 brace to treat clubfoot in children in developing countries.

Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award

OneDollarGlasses: Offers a simple manual machine for opticians in low-income countries to make high-quality eyeglasses using less than $1 in materials per pair.

what3words: Is developing a global addressing system for the 75% of the world’s population without a geographic mailing address, so that all people can receive aid and deliveries.

Sutter Health Award

PrePex: CircMedTech Ltd. produces PrePex, a non-surgical circumcision device used in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce HIV infection rates.

Nexleaf Analytics: Produces ColdTrace, a remote, cell-phone based temperature monitoring system for vaccine refrigerators to protect the integrity of the inoculants.

Laureate Impact Award sponsored by PayPal

Embrace has been named the second winner of the Laureate Impact Award, which honors past Tech Awards laureates who have demonstrated significant progress toward solving a global problem since winning the prize. Embrace makes a low-cost baby warmer used by more than 150,000 premature babies worldwide.

Since its inception in 2001, The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials Inc. — a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation — has named 287 laureates who are using technology to benefit humanity.

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