Tonight, Jeff Skoll will accept the top honor at the The Tech Awards gala.The prestigious Global Humanitarian award will be presented at a ceremony at the Santa Clara Convention Center, streamed live at 6:55 p.m. PST at http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech/Tech-Awards-2011-131107438.html
. Past award winners include Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Bill Gates and Applied Materials’ Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan, who inspired the award.
“The Global Humanitarian Award is personally very meaningful to me for two primary reasons. Even when I was a young engineer, I really believed that technology could help improve people’s lives. It’s the great enabler. It gives voice to the voiceless, it empowers people, and it connects them,” Skoll said. “The second reason is the company that it keeps. When I look at the list of past recipients, these are all people who I’ve worked with directly, and I deeply respect the work they’re doing. So, it’s very humbling to be considered alongside these great humanitarians.”
The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, is being given to Skoll for his “unending quest to find the answers to some of humanity’s most pressing challenges ranging from climate change to water scarcity to nuclear proliferation.”
Read more about the award here.
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