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Apply for a Tech Award

February 5, 2013 2 comments

Submit an Application

To be considered as a Tech Awards laureate you must fill out the online application and provide two references.
Applications for The Tech Awards 2013 will open on November 1, 2012 and close May 1, 2013.
Before applying for The Tech Awards, and to ensure that your application will be accepted, please check our Criteria Page. Among other questions, you will be asked the following:

  • Identify the technology application
  • Explain how the technology application benefits humanity
  • What iimapct has the technology had on the relevant problem in the field?
  • What is the potential for this technology to be used to serve more people?

If applying to the Kathermine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award you, and your team mates must be under the age of 27 as of December 31, 2013. Please check the other criteria for this category.


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.

Additional Guidelines

  • 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 2013 events related to The Tech Awards, from November 10-14, 2013 in San Jose, CA, USA.
  • 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 2013 will open November 1, 2012 and close May 1, 2013.

Laureate Success Stories

Build Change

A laureate since 2008, having received the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award for their innovative work in China and Indonesia, Build Change has expanded its focus to Haiti and Japan. Build Change designs earthquake-resistant construction technology and trains local builders and homeowners to make homes that can withstand disaster. The recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan brought to light just how important the work of Build Change is. In Japan alone, Build Change has trained 2,555 homeowners, builders, engineers, technical high school students, government officials, and relief agency staff in earthquake-resistant construction methods. The non-profit is currently responsible for building 18,350 safer houses. In addition, Build Change just won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability Video Profile for a video about the global expansion and impact of earthquake resistant homes. For its lifesaving work, Build Change was noted on MSNBC, appeared in the New York Times in 2010 in an article entitled ” Managing Disasters with Small Steps”, and appeared on the National Geographic Channel in a 2010 production on the earthquake in China. Other awards include the Ashoka-Lemelson Fellowship in 2009 for Build Change’s global assistance in earthquake recovery and disaster prevention.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a 2009 laureate, having received the Microsoft Education Award for its renowned school lunch program, which addresses two critical challenges facing India’s children: hunger and access to education. Thanks to the program, children now have an even stronger incentive to attend school. The organization continues to expand and receive enthusiastic applause – including from the President of the United States – for its groundbreaking work on behalf of schoolchildren. Recently, the Akshaya Patra Foundation was featured in the January 2011 “Time For Kids” cover story entitled “Meals on Wheels.” The story highlighted the importance of feeding malnourished children and simultaneously encouraging their education. President Obama has recognized the program in 2011 as “”an imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a model for other countries.” In addition, Obama also claimed in 2010 that the foundation stands as “A powerful demonstration of what’s possible when people work together.”


So life changing is the work of PATH that the agency has been named a laureate three times – in 2003, 2007, and 2009, each time receiving The Swanson Foundation Health Award. PATH’s work ranged from the Hepatitis B vaccine, Ultra Rice Technology or the “manufactured rice grain”, and the Vaccine Vial Monitor, a heat-sensitive label for vaccine vials to make sure children receive potent immunizations. PATH’s work continues to address the importance of vaccines and how many lives they can save globally.


During the application process you will be required to provide two references (e.g., business colleagues, professors, mentors, or members of the group applying). You can access the application system as many times as you need to in order to understand and answer the questions on the form. Applications are not complete unless both references are included.
Read our Criteria Page to understand how we select applicants and prospective laureates, and learn more about each of the awards Categories. To get a feel for who selects The Tech Awards laureates, read the profiles of some of the Judges.

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