The Tech Awards program inspires global engagement in applying technology to humanity's most pressing problems by recognizing individuals, organizations, and companies that use innovative technology solutions.
The Tech Awards laureates are profoundly improving the human condition through the use of technology. It is the goal of The Tech Awards to showcase their compelling stories and reward their brilliant accomplishments.
Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- The technology application significantly improves the human condition in one of the 5 award areas: Environment, Education, Young Innovator, Health or Economic Development.
- A serious problem or challenge with global significance is addressed by this use of technology.
- The application of this technology, which may be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology, makes a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions.
- The technology application has the potential to serve as an inspiration or model for further innovation.
- The technology application is in the field and has demonstrated a measurable benefit.
- An exception for the previous criteria is made for the The Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award.
- Applicants may submit their application in one category only.
- The Tech Award laureates, including those named as category winners, are ineligible for The Tech Awards in the year immediately following the one in which they are honored, but may apply in subsequent years for technological innovations different from the one(s) for which they were already recognized.
- Individuals not recognized in a given year may reapply in subsequent year and - with continued progress and evidence of impact - are encouraged to do so.
- Applications must be submitted online in English.
- Laureates must commit to be present at all events related to The Tech Awards in San Jose, CA.
- The purpose of awarding the $25,000 or $75,000 cash prizes is to contribute to solutions for the urgent challenges that The Tech Awards addresses. To promote the values of The Tech Awards program and sustain the high level of credibility of both the laureates and The Tech Awards program, The Tech Museum requires that highly-funded laureates designate another beneficiary as the recipient of the actual cash.
- Applications for The Tech Awards 2014 opens on January 15, 2014 and closes 11:59 PST on May 1, 2014.