Top five finalists to share $250,000
award for applying technology to improve quality of life
around the world
SACRAMENTO — September 3, 2003 — Today, the League of
Women Voters of California was named one of 25 laureates
for the prestigious 2003 Tech Museum Awards: Technology
Benefiting Humanity presented by Applied Materials, Inc.
The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, California
announced the laureates. In Silicon Valley where technology
is considered a way of life, The Tech Museum Awards were
developed to recognize the need to bridge existing technology
in emerging countries and emerging technologies in developed
The League of Women Voters of California has been selected
a laureate for the Knight Ridder Equality Award.
The League of Women Voters is being recognized for Smartvoter.org,
a comprehensive web site that provides objective, nonpartisan
background information on the candidates and complex issues
that appear on California's election ballots. Voters visiting
the site can input their address to find their polling
place and receive a customized ballot, local measure sites,
related newspaper articles and more election sites. Smartvoter.org
also provides a means for all candidates in participating
counties to publish information about themselves and their
candidacy directly to voters and without cost.
"We're honored that Smartvoter.org has been recognized
as a tool that is improving the quality of life,"
said Trudell Een, Project Director for Smart Voter. "It
is critical that California voters have access to objective
and impartial information that enables them to make educated
decisions about the future of their state."
On October 15, at a black tie Awards Gala, Silicon Valley
leaders and delegates from the United Nations will join
together to honor all 25 laureates, and one laureate from
each category will be awarded a $50,000 cash honorarium.
The awards, presented in partnership with the American
Council for the United Nations University and Santa Clara
University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society,
are designed to honor individuals, for-profit companies,
and public and not-for-profit organizations from around
the world who are applying technology to profoundly improve
the human condition in the categories of education, equality,
environment, economic development, and health.
This year, an esteemed panel of judges considered more
than 500 nominations, representing 70 countries. The 25
2003 Tech Laureates come from Bangladesh, Canada, Costa
Rica, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nepal, and the
"Reflecting the mission of The Tech Museum of Innovation,
these awards recognize the innovators who use technology
to improve people's lives," says Peter Giles, president
and chief executive officer of The Tech. "Through
these awards, The Tech inspires future scientists, technologists,
and social entrepreneurs to harness the incredible power
and promise of technology to solve the challenges that
confront us at the dawn of the 21st Century."
"The Tech Museum Awards continue to attract the
finest examples of technology creatively put to use for
the benefit of people around the world," stated Jim
Morgan, Chairman of presenting sponsor Applied Materials.
"In the three years of the program we have brought
greater awareness and recognition to the laureates and
their world changing technologies, and we will continue
to work to replicate and expand their work around the
For more information on the awards and laureates, visit
About the League of Women Voters of California
The League of Women Voters of California is a nonpartisan
political organization that encourages the informed and
active participation of citizens in government and works
to increase understanding of major public policy issues.
About The Tech Museum Awards
The concept for The Tech Museum Awards and its five categories
was inspired in part by The State of the Future at the
Millennium report of The Millennium Project of the American
Council for the United Nations University, which recommends
that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate
scientific breakthroughs and technological applications
to improve the human condition. The Awards were inaugurated
Judging for The Tech Museum Awards is independently
conducted by Santa Clara University's Center for Science,
Technology and Society, a global network of academic and
industry experts dedicated to understanding and influencing
how science and technology impact society. They assemble
five panels of judges from around the world, recruited
from research institutions, industry and the public sector,
who judged the nominations on five set criteria.
The Tech Museum Awards Partners
The Tech Museum Awards represent a collaborative effort
among educational institutions and business. Among Silicon
Valley's leaders supporting The Tech Museum Awards are
presenting sponsor, Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa
Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and
Society. Category sponsors are the NASDAQ Stock Market,
Knight Ridder, Intel, and Accenture.
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley,
Calif., The Tech, a non-profit organization, engages people
of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing
the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire
the innovator in everyone. For more information,
or call (408) 294-TECH.
Matt Meigs, the League of Women Voters of California,
Gary Summers, The Tech Museum of Innovation, 925-284-7004;
Ryan Donovan, Ketchum Public Relations, 415-984-6138;