For Immediate Release
September 8, 2004

Top Five Finalists to Share $250,000 Prize for Applying Technology to Improve Quality of Life Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Fritz Institute was named a 2004 Tech Museum Awards Laureate. The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, California, announced 25 Laureates for the prestigious awards program, which celebrates those who leverage new and existing technologies to benefit humanity.

Fritz Institute has been named a Laureate for the Health Category Award.

"We are honored that The Tech Museum has recognized the vital role that technology plays in life saving humanitarian work. Humanitarian Logistics Software, developed in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, speeds response time and provides timely information to decision makers, thus increasing the effectiveness of a relief effort," said Anisya Thomas, Ph.D., managing director of Fritz Institute. "This recognition underscores the benefits of technology in the humanitarian sector. We hope that large funders recognize that appropriate technology can enhance the capacity of the entire sector."

Fritz Institute addresses complex challenges in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people around the world by collaborating with the private and academic sectors to mobilize expertise, technology and resources. Its web-based Humanitarian Logistics Software was developed using best commercial practices and is being deployed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to facilitate the delivery of accurate and effective relief to alleviate human suffering caused by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

On November 10, at a black tie Awards Gala, Silicon Valley leaders and delegates from the United Nations will join together to honor all 25 Laureates and one Laureate from each of five categories will be awarded a $50,000 cash honorarium.

This year, an esteemed panel of judges considered more than 580 applications from 80 countries, a 20% increase in countries represented over last year's applicants. This year's 25 Tech Awards Laureates come from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, The United States, and Uruguay.

"The Tech Museum Awards uniquely recognizes those who use technology to benefit mankind," said The Tech's President and CEO Peter Giles. "By celebrating this spirit of innovation, The Tech seeks to inspire a new generation of socially conscious leaders who will leverage technology to address the myriad of challenges we face as a global community."

"The Tech Museum Awards honor leaders who have developed breakthrough technologies demonstrating innovation and advancement worldwide," stated Jim Morgan, Chairman of presenting sponsor Applied Materials. "By harnessing technology, they have truly benefited society with their life altering work around the globe."

For more information on the awards and laureates, visit

About Fritz Institute
Fritz Institute addresses complex challenges in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people around the world by collaborating with the private and academic sectors to mobilize expertise, technology and resources. For additional information visit

About The Tech Museum Awards
The concept for The Tech Awards and its five categories was inspired in part by The State of the Future report of The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, which recommends that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to improve the human condition. The Tech Awards were inaugurated in 2001, and have since recognized 75 Laureates for their pioneering work to benefit society through the use and/or development of new technologies. For more information visit

The Tech Museum Award Partners
The Tech Awards represent a collaborative effort among educational institutions and business. Silicon Valley leaders supporting The Tech Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Category sponsors include Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, and Agilent. Sponsorship of The Tech Awards provides an organization with an opportunity to showcase its support of the global community and align itself with a prestigious program whose sole focus is to address critical challenges facing the world. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH.

Media contact:
Ivy Cohen, Fritz Institute, 212-399-0026;
Tony Santos, The Tech Museum of Innovation, 408-795-6226;
Mike Barash, Ketchum Public Relations, 415-984-6147;

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