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Siobhan manages philanthropy and corporate responsibility initiatives aligned with Applied Materials’ core value of making a positive social contribution in communities where the company operates and its employees work and live.
Early on an icy cold Thanksgiving morning, nearly 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown San Jose, California to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. They raised more than $425,000 for three local charities addressing critical community needs.
Far too many people in our local communities are facing a dismal holiday season. In Silicon Valley, the Food Bank is serving 250,000 people per month, more than 6000 community members snaked around the block of Sacred Heart Community Services agency last weekend to register for holiday food and gifts, and CBS’s 60 Minutes recently broadcasted a sobering segment on the Valley’s unemployed. But there are ways you can help.
The idea of using technology to benefit humanity brings to mind awe-inspiring, life-changing innovations of significant scale and impact, such as medical breakthroughs, advances in communications and high speed transportation.
But as the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, demonstrate, sometimes clever ideas and relatively simple technology, elegant and effective in design, can help solve critical problems around the world.
To close out Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought I’d blog about the recent Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival held in San Jose, California. Honoring Latino culture and commemorating the centennial of Mexico's Revolution – the festival featured an impressive list of social and artistic revolutionaries with a long history of working to improve the way people live.
Imagine using a cell phone combined with diagnostic microscopy to expand basic healthcare in remote poverty-stricken areas around the globe. Rethink how use of a social entrepreneurship model can help communities gain access to clean water and sanitation.
At Applied Materials we believe that the arts have the power to bring together people of diverse backgrounds in shared experiences. Connect those people through social media, add a Latin beat, and a flash mob is created.The recent San Jose Jazz Festival, sponsored in part by Applied Materials, celebrates jazz, salsa, and the blues in a community wide event that raises funds for year round music education for youth.
I am please to share that this year’s James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, presented by Applied Materials, will recognize Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan for her leadership and efforts in protecting human rights around the world.The Award, inspired by Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, Jim Morgan, honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are helping to address humanity's greatest challenges. The presentation will be made at the Tech Awards in Santa Clara, CA on November 6, 2010.Watch the announcement featuring Queen Rania.