Hot Night in San Jose
There’ll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight–The Tech Museum will present the 2006 Tech Award Laureates.
The awards will honor the achievements of 25 people. Their ideas, using technology to benefit humanity, were selected from the 951 entries received from 98 countries.
For Wayan, our visitor from DC Metroblogger, if you see someone in San Jose who looks like Bill Gates, it may very well be him.
Tonight in San Jose, at The Tech Museum, Bill Gates will receive the 2006 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic support of global humanitarian projects.
And The Honorees Are:
* Honorees for work in the Environment are:
Debesai Ghebrehiwet Andegiosgish, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Energy Research and Training Center of Asmara, Eritrea, for his improved stoves project.
Joachim Ibeziako Ezeji, Rural Africa Water Development Project of Owerri, Nigeria, for creating mor-sand filters for oil-producing communities.
FogQuest: Sustainable Water Solutions of British Columbia, Canada, for its fog collection technology that converts fog into drinking water for use in arid, rural regions of developing countries.
MBA Polymers Inc. of Richmond for developing an advanced, energy-efficient plastics recycling process.
Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. of London for its development of a seawater distillation process that allows crops to be cultivated in arid, coastal regions.
* Honorees for Economic Development are:
Mohammed Bah Abba of Mobah Rural Horizons of Kano, Nigeria, for developing a desert refrigerator powered by evaporative energy for use in homes without electricity.
Center for Development of Disadvantaged People of Chennai, India, for its creation of a water purification system that uses materials, such as indigenous plants, found easily in impoverished areas of India.
The Global Connection Project Team (comprised of members from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Google Inc. of Mountain View (NASDAQ:GOOG) and NASA Ames Research Center of Moffett Field for development of software tools enabling the rapid overlay of high-resolution aerial photographs and satellite imagery onto an earth image browser, providing disaster responders with more accurate and up to date information to facilitate damage assessment and recovery efforts.
IESC Geekcorps of Washington, D.C., for its development of a PC that uses little power and can be used in rugged desert conditions.
Synergo of Tuscon, Ariz., for its development of a backstrap weavers’ ergonomic bench for use by weavers in Columbia.
* Honorees in Education are:
Arrow Network Systems Ltd. of Accra, Ghana, for providing Internet connectivity to rural schools in Africa.
Campus School EagleEyes of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., for its assistive technology that helps people with severe physical disabilities and communication disorders operate a computer by moving his or her eyes.
Connexions of Rice University in Houston, Texas, for its free, Web-based educational resource that allows individuals to post learning material that can be manipulated and shared by users.
Internet Archive of San Francisco for building an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians and scholars to historical collections in a digital format.
Dominic Massaro, University of California, Santa Cruz, for developing a computer-animated language tutor for persons with autism, and those hard of hearing.
* Honorees for Health are:
Ecovec of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for its development of a faster and more accurate system for monitoring and mapping populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitos to reduce Dengue infections, which afflicts 20 million people per year around the world.
Medical Missions for Children of Patterson, N.J., for providing videoconference consultations to hospitals around the world and distributing medical educational content via Internet and satellite broadcast.
PointCare Technologies of Marlboro, Mass., for its streamlined, inexpensive CD4 cell counter which provides HIV/AIDS monitoring for clinics in resource-poor settings.
Riders for Health of Daventry, U.K., for mobilizing healthcare personnel in rural African villages by supplying 1200 specially outfitted motorcycles as well as a transportation infrastructure that includes trained mechanics to support the vehicles.
Sumitomo Chemical Co. of Tokyo, Japan, for its mosquito bednet for malaria protection.
* Honorees for the Equality award are:
America’s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network of Chicago, for its Choice System Internet application that allows members of the Second Harvest Food Bank Network to receive shares and bid in more efficient ways for the food they need and want.
Catalytic Communities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for creating a database of community organizations with experience in dealing with problems common to many low-income populations throughout the world.
Daniel K. Davies of AbleLink Technologies Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colo., for pioneering information technology to help cognitively disabled persons take part in everyday activities, career development and independent living.
K-NFB Reading Technology Inc. of Wellesley Hills, Mass., for The Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader, a PDA-format reading machine that allows everyday items such as clothing labels, ATM screens, menus, and signs to be read by the blind.
Video Volunteers of New York City for bringing Community Video Units to economically disadvantaged countries to broaden the impact for social change.