|[August 05, 2014]
Inaugural Techmanitarian Award Winners Announced for Techmanity 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
2014, Silicon Valley's first official technology conference, today
announced the winners of the Techmanitarian Awards, recognizing
next-generation innovators and rule-breakers who are using technology to
improve our world. The awards ceremony will take place during opening
night events on Oct. 1.
Internet prodigy and activist Aaron Swartz (Photo: Business Wire)
Presented by Samsung
Electronics, The Techmanitarian Awards are given to courageous
companies and individuals making a meaningful societal impact through
technology, its applications and/or profits. Candidates will have made a
measurable difference in solving pressing social, political,
environmental, health or economic challenges through innovation or
"To be a Techmanitarian one must be a pioneer - an advocate for bringing
vast change to their given industry and to the world," said Michael S.
Malone, author and associate fellow at Oxford University's Said Business
School. "The winners are the agitators needed to be spokespeople for us
This year's honorees include:
Aaron Swartz (Posthumous Award) - An Internet activist
and virtuoso programmer, Swartz founded Creative Commons in 2010;
started Demand Progress, a group which fought against Internet
censorship and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In an act of civil
disobedience, he downloaded millions of academic journal articles from
digital library JSTOR which led to his arrest. In 2013, while awaiting
trial, Swartz tragically took his own life.
Media - The global entertainment giant, founded by
former eBay (News - Alert) president Jeff Skoll, uses powerful stories to inspire and
energize people to take social action. The company has produced such
documentaries as "An Inconvenient Truth," and "Food
Inc.," as well as commercial films that have shone a spotlight
on social and historical issues, including "The Help" and
Nicholas Negroponte (News - Alert) - Known as a distinguished architect, media
expert, best-selling author, entrepreneur and educator, Negroponte
founded the One
Laptop Per Child program (OLPC), which has brought the promise of
revolutionary change to more than 40 countries delivering nearly three
million computers to students in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
"It's truly an honor to recognize Aaron Swartz, Participant Media and
Nicholas Negroponte with this year's Techmanitarian Awards," said Tom
Hayes, the tech executive who founded Techmanity. "Each honoree has
forced us to rethink our relationship with technology, and to re-imagine
the future and the world."
To register for Techmanity 2014, please visit www.techmanity.com/tickets.
Media registration can be found here: www.techmanity.com/media.
Additional information on the Techmanitarian awards can be found here: www.techmanity.com/awards.
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Techmanity is Silicon Valley's first annual
technology and lifestyle event celebrating the companies and people
whose products and services are revolutionizing our world.
For two days in October 2014, Techmanity will command center stage on
the tech world with mind-blowing demos and presentations from the
brightest people in the industry, dozens of exciting networking events
hosted by leading Silicon Valley companies and an incredible line-up of
special programs showcasing the best new apps, business models and
startup ideas on the planet.
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