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Dr. Laura Stachel, co-founder of WE CARE Solar and 2011 cash-prize recipient in the health category, demonstrates her life-saving “solar suitcase” at The Tech MuseumThe Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, is a competition for social enterprises creatively using technology to benefit humanity.

Laureates have chance to win up to $75K, spend a week in the Silicon Valley for capacity development training, and attend a spectacular awards gala.

There are six different categories for the awards that include: Environment, Education, Health, Economic Development, and the new Young Innovator (under 26) and Sustainable Energy Awards.

Nominations for this program will close on April 6th, 2012. You can make a nomination for yourself or someone you know here.

Past laureates include organizations such as PATH, Frontline SMS, OneWorld Health, WITNESS, Husk Power Systems, Build Change, and the Akshaya Patra Foundation. For a full listing you can visit the laureate database.

Here’s a highlight video of The Tech Awards 2011:


Good luck to all entrants. Remember, even if you don't win, you do!

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