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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition
Santa Clara University, November 1, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 4

SCU conference explores technology’s role in improving the world

Those attending the conference include the 25 winners of this year’s Tech Museum Awards, a program honoring social benefit entrepreneurs from 10 different countries. Also participating and giving presentations will be Manuel Castells, SCU Distinguished Visiting Professor; Allen Hammond, vice president for innovation and special projects at the World Resources Institute; Ted Moser of Mercer Management Consulting; Dan’l Lewin, a corporate vice president at Microsoft Corp.; and Dan Crisafulli, senior program officer at the Skoll Foundation. Regis McKenna, chairman of the CSTS advisory board, will also attend.

Conference highlights include:

  • A panel discussion on barriers to and opportunities for innovation, including commentary on how basic human needs are not met by government efforts and market forces;
  • Facilitated luncheon discussions, where participants can exchange experiences, collaborate on ideas and learn more about other organizations;
  • Visual presentations by Tech Award laureates showing technological solutions to health, education and environmental challenges;
  • Information about CSTS’s KnowledeX project, which fosters an online community for social benefit entrepreneurs, allowing them to share knowledge with each other and the community.

Students at SCU will be invited to attend conference breakout sessions and hear directly from the laureates, according to Koch. “It’s important to be clear about the value that is being created by the work of the laureates, and for us all to know who benefits by it. The beneficiaries are not just the poorest of the poor, they are everyone—government agencies, relief services, our entire society.”

Sponsored by Applied Materials Inc. and Microsoft, the CSTS conference is held in cooperation with San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the California Mission Room, at SCU’s Benson Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

To register, go to,
or contact Sherrill Dale, 408-551-6027,