Think Silicon Valley, and you’ll probably think of multi-million dollar companies like Facebook and Google. But the hotbed of IT innovation also takes time each year to recognize smaller ventures that use technology for social change. The Tech Awards, given annually by San Jose’s Tech Museum, in the heart of “the Valley”, honors 15 global innovators (or laureates) for their use of technology to benefit humanity and spark global change.
From hundreds of nominations representing over 60 countries, Souktel is honored to join the ranks of the Tech Awards laureates–as a recipient of the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award, which acknowledges technologies that level the barriers to success and promote equality. Laureates in other catergories include the BBC World Service Trust (receiving the Microsoft Education Award), and Queen Rania of Jordan, who is the 2010 Global Humanitarian Award Recipient.
“To be included among world leaders like HM Queen Rania and media giants like BBC is a huge honor,” explains Souktel co-founder Mohamad Kilany. “The Tech Awards are given to people who are changing the world; the caliber of the laureates is truly remarkable, and as a small organization we are pleased and humbled by the recognition of our work.”
By honoring today’s IT pioneers, the Tech Awards aim to stimulate future innovation: “These incredibly impressive laureates have all proven to be equal to, or better than, the challenge to make the world a better place,” says Peter Friess, president of the Tech Museum. “By celebrating their accomplishments today, we are encouraging future innovators to work toward solutions to make the world healthier, safer and more sustainable.”
For more information about The Tech Awards, visit www.techawards.org.