The Power of Technology to Change Lives

This blog was posted on behalf of Shelly Esque, Intel’s Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, and President of the Intel Foundation.

Each November, The Tech Museum holds its annual black-tie event, The Tech Awards Gala, recognizing individuals or organizations for their innovative approaches to solving global humanitarian issues using technology. Held in the heart of Silicon Valley, naturally this event draws a crowd of some of the biggest names in the tech industry. It’s an inspiring event where you walk away in awe of the passion, energy and vision of these social innovators. The Tech Awards are proof positive of the power of technology to change lives.

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Since its inception in 2001, Intel has presented the Intel Environment Award to outstanding environmental innovators. This year’s recipients are: Dr. Arup K. SenGupta of Lehigh University, and Captain Bernardo Herzer of LEHR, who both took approaches to addressing global water issues. Dr. SenGupta’s work to remove arsenic from drinking water impacts hundreds of millions of people worldwide—from Arizona to Vietnam and India. Captain Herzer developed outboard motors and lawn equipment that are propane-fueled to eliminate gasoline spills, helping protect the air, lakes, rivers and aquifers we all use. What’s interesting is that both Laureates used technology to solve issues involving water – one of our earth’s most troubled resources.

At Intel, our commitment to the health and well-being of the planet influences every aspect of how we do business. We vigilantly pursue new ways to reduce emissions and improve energy management through conservation, renewable energy, efficient building design, and other efforts. To that end, recognizing the efforts of those around the world making a difference to better our planet is our honor, and Dr. SenGupta and Captain Herzer are prime examples of today’s environmental stewards using technology to change lives.

To read more about Dr. SenGupta’s work, please go here.

To read more about Captain Herzer’s work, please go here.