Renowned Philanthropist and Infosys Co-Founder N.R. Narayana

Renowned Philanthropist and Infosys Co-Founder N.R. Narayana Murthy
Receives Global Humanitarian Honors at The Tech Awards 
Twelve Laureates Also Recognized for Life-Changing Uses of Technology 
SILICON VALLEY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 --  Indian
philanthropist N.R. Narayana Murthy and a dozen innovators from
around the world were honored Thursday at The Tech Awards, Silicon
Valley's most esteemed program for honoring the people who create
pioneering technology to benefit humanity. 
Murthy received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
Sponsored by Applied Materials, this award honors individuals whose
broad vision and leadership help to alleviate humanity's greatest
challenges. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum
of Innovation, also recognizes 12 laureates in six sponsored
categories: Intel Environment Award; Microsoft Education Award;
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award; Nokia Health Award;
Flextronics Economic Development Award, and Accenture Sustainable
Energy Award. 
"Technology uses the power of science to make life better for all of
society," Murthy said. "I believe that technology not only has the
power to make a difference in health, nutrition and sheltering the
poor, but it also can enhance one's confidence and dignity. The Tech
Awards recognizes this. And I am honored to be a part of this
distinguished program." 
Murthy founded tech services giant Infosys Limited along with six
colleagues and went on to become one of India's most influential
advocates for health care and rural development. Infosys established
the Infosys Foundation in 1996. The foundation works in partnership
with non-governmental organizations to help underprivileged
communities in India that are focusing on healthcare, education and
rural development initiatives.  
"As an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Narayana Murthy has focused
on helping people achieve the economic empowerment that offers a path
out of poverty," said Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied
Materials, Inc. "His passion and commitment to address humanity's
greatest challenges exemplify the spirit of The Tech Awards." 
Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards has recognized 257
laureates since its inception in 2001. Their pioneering work has 
included building a "solar suitcase" to provide emergency lighting
and power for medical procedures, developing an eco-techniques
toolkit that improves the living conditions in rural communities and
the creation of a heat-sensitive label for vaccine vials to make sure
people receive potent immunizations. 
This year's laureates represent regions as diverse as Africa, India
and Latin America, and their work impacts people in many more corners
of the globe. For their commitment to applying technology in
practical ways to resolve some of the world's most challenging
issues, the laureates are given a week filled with unique Silicon
Valley business experiences and training and an unrestricted cash
award up to $75,000. Judging for The Tech Awards is conducted by
Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society
(CSTS). The CSTS acts as an independent party that organizes and
convenes six panels of expert judges representing academia and the
public and private sectors. 
The Tech Museum of Innovation President Tim Ritchie encouraged the
night's attendees to be inspired about the future, our capacity to
solve problems and to make a difference. "Is there some need that
speaks to your heart? Some work, some community, some problem that
needs your mind, your time, your sympathy, your best work? Step up to
the place where your joy and the world's needs meet," he urged.  
With PBS Newshour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan as master of
ceremonies, the gala unfolded against the backdrop of an exhibition
specially curated for The Tech Awards that included some of the
world's most iconic photos projected on five towering screens.
Contributed free of charge by National Geographic photojournalists,
the compelling images were shown for the evening only, as a tribute
to The Tech Awards laureates. Another gala highlight included live
appearances by two former laureates who were brought together by
Polycom RealPresence Platform to share their experiences and progress
since winning the award. 
Intel Environment Award 
LEHR, Inc. Propane Outboard Motors 
Region of Impact: North America 
Problem: Small gasoline engines cause excessive pollution, yet
electric/battery solutions do not provide the performance required to
be a universally viable alternative. 
Solution: Patented gaseous-fueled engines that significantly
reduce/eliminate pollution while improving performance and reducing
cost of ownership. 
Impact: To date, about 100,000 lawn and garden engines have been sold
that eliminate evaporative emissions while reducing VOC (Volatile
Organic Compounds) emissions. 1,000s of marine outboard engines sold
eliminate fuel spills into water while reducing
methyl-mercury-causing particulate emissions by up to 96 percent. 
Arup K. SenGupta 
Region of Impact: Cambodia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam 
Problem: According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 200
million resource-poor people are threatened with arsenic poisoning by
drinking contaminated groundwater in Cambodia, Nepal, India,
Bangladesh and Vietnam. 
Solution: Use of appropriate simple-to-operate technology in rural
setting to transform arsenic crisis into an economic enterprise while
protecting human health. 
Impact: Over 200,000 people including school children are benefiting
in arsenic-affected countries. 
Microsoft Education Award 
Literacy Bridge 
Region of Impact: Africa 
Problem: Basic health and agriculture knowledge isn't reaching the
world's poorest billion people due to illiteracy and lack of
Solution: A simple and durable, battery-operated, audio computer
playing locally produced lessons that address the practical needs of
people in oral cultures. 
Impact: 250,000 lessons delivered to 20,000 farmers in the poorest
regions of Ghana. Farmers harvested 48 percent more crops for a 3x
ROI, and 90 percent of maternal health lessons led to healthier
Region of Impact: Global 
Problem: Research shows that despite hundreds of millions of dollars
spent worldwide on HIV "awareness" campaigns over 30 years, accurate
knowledge of HIV still remains dangerously low. 
Solution: Re-imagine the worldwide public health solution to focus on
actual "education" rather than "awareness" and develop the most
effective and flexible HIV education software after 5+ years of
cross-disciplinary research at Stanford. 
Impact: Provide HIV education with unprecedented efficacy to more
than 200 organizations and governments in 73 countries, educating
millions around the world, and including breakthrough implementations
in regions that had banned sex education. 
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award 
Angaza Design 
Region of Impact: Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia 
Problem: 1.5 Billion people around the world lack access to
electricity, and prohibitively high upfront prices for quality solar
products prevent millions of off-grid families from purchasing them. 
Solution: Low-cost, embedded Pay-As-You-Go technology that allows
customers to pay for energy use in small amounts with cash-in-hand.
Remotely regulated over cellular 
networks and integrated with
existing mobile money platforms, these energy payments are cheaper
than typical weekly kerosene expenditures. 
Impact: Clean, bright light and cell-phone charging financially
accessible to customers in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia. 
Art Center College of Design, Designmatters 
Region of Impact: Peru 
Problem: In Cerro Verde, a slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru,
30,000 people live without access to running water and sanitation. 
Solution: Design and co-create with Cerro Verde families, innovative
and cost-effective products tested by the community and implemented
by Un Techo Para Mi Pais, a Latin American NGO dedicated to working
with families living in extreme poverty. 
Impact: Empower families and communities through responsible design
to conserve water, reduces illness and generate social, cultural, and
economic change. 
Nokia Health Award 
Region of Impact: Global 
Problem: Every year almost 2 million people die prematurely from
indoor pollution caused by smoky open cooking fires; these same fires
contribute more black carbon than all the cars and trucks in the
world combined. 
Solution: The BioLite Homestove: A low-cost, highly efficient
wood-burning stove that dramatically reduces smoke and harmful black
carbon emissions while reducing fuel needs by 50 percent. 
Impact: Paying for itself in six to seven months, a single HomeStove
lowers the rates of potentially fatal respiratory diseases while
saving ~2000lbs of wood per year and averting the C02 emissions of a
compact car. 
Region of Impact: Global 
Problem: 1.1 Million preterm babies die every year, 75% could survive
with inexpensive treatment. 
Solution:  A low-cost infant warmer specifically designed to address
the needs of babies suffering from hypothermia. 
Impact: Thousands of babies may be impacted by the warmers currently
distributed with 11 partnerships in eight countries. 
Flextronics Economic Development Award 
Pamela C. Ronald, David Mackill, Kenong Xu 
Region of Impact: Global 
Problem: Yields of rice, the most important crop for over half of our
planet, are catastrophically reduced during floods. Because rice
provides up to two thirds of the diet of many people in the
developing world, many who live on less than $1 day, these losses
have devastating impacts on farmers and their families. 
Solution: Identification of a submergence tolerance gene and precise
introduction of the gene into locally adapted varieties favored by
farmers using modern molecular breeding. 
Impact: In 2011, 1,000,000 farmers grew Sub1 rice, with millions more
expected in the next few years. Yields of Sub1 rice are three to five
folds greater than conventional varieties during floods. 
Grameen Foundation USA 
Region of Impact: Uganda 
Problem: Lack of agricultural information among the poorest & hardest
to reach rural farmers. 
Solution: Social Enterprise with 800 CKWs that use smartphone-based
knowledge to share expert agriculture information with small holder
farmers and collect data through mobile surveys. 
Impact: 17% increase in knowledge of 6 representative agriculture
practices, 37% difference in higher maize prices vs. non-CKW-served
farmers, and 51% difference in "access to extension services and
training" vs. non-CKW-served farmers. 
Accenture Sustainable Energy Award 
Simpa Networks 
Region of Impact: India 
Problem: 400 million people in India, and more than 1.5 billion
worldwide are without access to reliable electricity.  
Solution: Simple, affordable, pay-as-you-use pricing and mobile
payment for off-grid solar energy solutions. 
Impact:  By 2015, more than 250,000 households with access to
aspirational amounts of clean energy, 6.5 megawatts of distributed
solar power installed, more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2 displaced.  
Eco-Fuel Africa 
Region of Impact: Africa 
Problem: Clean cooking fuel is inaccessible for thirty million people
in Uganda and 28 million poor farmers have no access to fertilizers. 
Solution: Simple, locally made technology that can be used by local
people to convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into clean
cooking fuel and organic fertilizers. 
Impact: 6,000 families already benefiting from the technology, with
10,000 more expected to be reached by the end of 2013. 
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