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By Edward W. Barnholt The Tech Museum Awards has recognized 125 Laureates selected from 1500 applications from social benefit entrepreneurs whose works are having a profound impact around the world.
By James L. Koch and Geoffrey C. Bowker Hallmark themes from the Laureates for 2005 suggest patterns of innovation that are emerging in social benefit entrepreneurship.
By Kenneth Manaster The projects of the Intel Environment Award Laureates not only better the environment but also confer critical collateral benefits on humanity.
By Alexander J. Field This year the Accenture Economic Development Award recognizes projects which: convert agriculture waste to building materials; provide a safer and cheaper method of demolishing large rock or masonry structures; process and preserve food supplies with decentralized, low cost, and easy to operate machines; supply low-cost electricity for illumination; and improve yield and quality in fish farms.
By Chad Raphael Selected from the largest number of applications, the Microsoft Education Award Laureates have implemented technologies that foster both formal and informal learning in a variety of subjects.
By Craig Stephens The Laureates of the Agilent Technologies Foundation Health Award include innovators who have developed devices and systems to improve the health of disadvantaged populations.
By Michael Kevane The applications for the Knight Ridder Equality Award suggest two interesting trends in how social entrepreneurs are innovating with technology to promote general equality: 1) there is a large role for re-design of pre-electronic technologies, and 2) there is an increasing amount of online content that appeals to disadvantaged communities.