Burkina Faso - OneDollarGlasses, locally fabricated, with orange accent beads.

Burkina Faso – OneDollarGlasses, locally fabricated, with orange accent beads.

The Tech Awards are presented annually to technology improving humanity. I researched past Tech Laureates when writing 100 Under $100, and am thrilled to see four tools I included in my book have won Tech Laureate accolades this year:

Intel Environment Award

DayOne Response – Tool 34
Offers a lightweight, backpack-sized emergency water purifier system that has provided 7 million liters of clean water to global disaster victims.

Laureate Impact Award

Embrace – Tool 3
Embrace has been named the second winner of the Laureate Impact Award, which honors past Tech Awards laureates who have demonstrated significant progress toward solving a global problem since winning the prize.

Sutter Health Award

PrePex – Tool 13
CircMedTech Ltd. produces PrePex, a non-surgical circumcision device used in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce HIV infection rates.

Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award

OneDollarGlasses – Tool 15
Offers a simple manual machine for opticians in low-income countries to make high-quality eyeglasses using less than $1 in materials per pair.