Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.,
followed by an informal reception with the presenters was held in
The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation
Tim Ritchie, President, The Tech
Keynote presentation by Elizabeth Hausler, Founder & CEO, Build Change, 2008 laureate
Elizabeth Hausler is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason, and is the founder and CEO of Build Change, a nonprofit social enterprise based in Denver, with programs in Indonesia, China, and Haiti. Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, engineers, homeowners, and government officials to build them. Build Change was honored as a laureate of The Tech Awards in the Katherine M. Swanson equality category for making earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to homeowners, regardless of their income level.
Hausler holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado. She was named a 2011 U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, and was the winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. She is a 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002–2003.
Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-Founder, Entefy
Brienne Ghafourifar is a fearless entrepreneur who excels at creating and managing strategic relationships and partnerships. She holds the world record as the youngest college graduate to have raised $1 million in venture funding. Her life goal is to create technology that helps people everywhere gain access to resources and opportunities. Last year, she co-founded Entefy, with her brother Alston—before graduating from Santa Clara University at age 17.
Doug Scott is an award-winning creative director and the founder of Advocate Creative, the Chicago-based firm that is producing The Tech Awards 2013 films on location around the world. His work has been featured by Apple, the ONE Campaign, Osocio.com, and AdFreak.com. He will present a behind-the-scenes look at filming this year’s laureates.