The Tech Awards 2014 Gala Invitation


Applied Materials presents
The Tech Awards 2014

All net proceeds benefit education programs at The Tech.

The Tech Awards Gala
Thursday, Nov. 13

New location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., in downtown San Jose. View map

5:30 Registration • Lobby

5:45 Laureate showcase & reception • Grand Ballroom Foyer 
6:30 Seating • Grand Ballroom
6:45 Dinner followed by awards ceremony • Grand Ballroom
9:40 Post-ceremony reception • Grand Ballroom Foyer 
  • Free parking at SJ Convention Center garage; free overflow parking across the street on Almaden Blvd. 
  • Formal attire of all cultures welcome.
  • Please bring your mobile device for a pledging opportunity.
For lodging needs on Thursday, Nov. 13, please take advantage of a special rate offered by our exclusive hospitality sponsor, San Jose One Connection, a collaboration between San Jose Marriott and Hilton San Jose:

The Tech Awards Gala is a sell-out event and one of Silicon Valley's most memorable and inspiring evenings of the year. We look forward to honoring the year's laureates and are especially grateful to the following special guests and our host for the evening:

Ted Turner
The Tech Awards James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian 

“Serving with Ted Turner on the Board of the United Nations Foundation, we have seen firsthand his tireless commitment to addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. …He has set a powerful example of how we can be effective agents of global change.”
—Queen Rania Al Abdullah, N. R. Narayana Murthy and Muhammad Yunus
Past recipients of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award 

The Khan Academy
Laureate Impact Award 

Salman Khan, left, ​​recipient of The Tech Awards 2009 Microsoft Education Award, with Dan'l Lewin, ​M​​icrosoft's ​Corporate VP ​of​ ​Technology ​and Civic Engagement

Simran Sethi
Gala Host 

Named “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and a top ten eco-hero of the planet by the UK’s Independent, Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on environmentalism, sustainability, and social change. She is writing a book on the loss of biodiversity in our food system and is the host of the PBS QUEST series on science and sustainability.