Indian philanthropist N.R. Narayana Murthy and a dozen innovators from around the world were honoured on Thursday (15 Nov) at The Tech Awards in the Silicon Valley, USA.
These awards are given to people who create pioneering technology to benefit humanity, according to a media statement by the organisers of the awards.
Murthy received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. This award is sponsored by Applied Materials and it honours individuals whose broad vision and leadership help to alleviate humanity's greatest challenges.
"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 recognises this. And I am honoured to be a part of this distinguished programme."
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.
"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. "His passion and commitment to address humanity's greatest challenges exemplify the spirit of The Tech Awards."
12 laureates in six sponsored categories
Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards has recognised 257 laureates since its inception in 2001.
The Tech Awards, a signature programme of The Tech Museum of Innovation, also recognises 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.
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.
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