November 21, 2019


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Shining a Spotlight on Innovators Changing Lives


by Siobhan Kenney

Nov 21, 2019

Technology innovation can take many forms. What’s truly inspiring is when technology is used to improve people’s lives with creative solutions to environmental and societal challenges.

Applied Materials recently gathered with other business and community leaders at the Tech for Global Good event to honor passionate innovators who are using technology to address critical problems facing our future.

This year’s honorees are harnessing the power of the sun and cell phones. They are programming drones, advocating for ocean health and educating girls in the field of artificial intelligence. Many of their solutions focus on enabling women and others often excluded from full participation in society to engage more actively in their communities and the world around us.

Get to know some of this year’s amazing Laureates in the videos below.

Zipline uses a drone delivery service to rush life-saving medicine to women during childbirth in Africa.

Solvatten deploys solar energy to purify water making it easier for underserved populations to gain access to safe drinking water in 20 developing countries.

AI4ALL works to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence education, research, development and policy.

Amandla.Mobi transforms cellphones into civic engagement tools for South African citizens working on their democracy. 

Also recognized at the event was Julie Packard, the recipient of this year’s James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, presented by Applied Materials. Julie's life is dedicated to ocean conservation, education and research. Her work inspires all of us to become stewards of the sea and our earth by making better life choices every day. 

Named after Applied’s chairman emeritus, the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award was inspired by Jim Morgan’s belief that technology can be a tool to help us reach our fullest potential and turn ideas into solutions for a better world.


Julie and the Laureates are truly using Tech for Global Good. When you are next in Silicon Valley, schedule a visit to the Tech Interactive to explore Laureate projects and other fascinating exhibits! 

Tags: James C Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, Tech for Global Good, Tech Interactive, innovation, julie packard, Jim Morgan, james c. morgan

Siobhan Kenney

Philanthropy and Corporate Responsibility Initiatives


Siobhan manages philanthropy and corporate responsibility initiatives aligned with Applied Materials’ core value of making a positive social contribution in communities where the company operates and its employees work and live.

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