Tis the season for giving on a global scale in Silicon Valley. The Tech Awards, scheduled to take place next month, recognize humanitarians and entrepreneurs from all over the world who are changing the lives of millions of people through technological innovations.

Candidates are nominated and submit applications for reviews by an international council. Nominees can be individuals, non-profits, or for-profits. Two laureates are then selected from one of five categories—environment, economic development, education, young innovator and health—and are invited to Silicon Valley for three days of workshops, networking opportunities and honored at an annual black-tie gala event.

This year, however, instead of choosing 10 laureates, only seven will be named—the best of the best, if you will. The seven were picked from 287 previous winners, all of whom have continued to demonstrate an impressive dedication to improving humanity. These laureates “best exemplify the profound influence of all the previous honorees.”
“By looking back we found our laureates have impacted over 2.6 billion people collectively,” Leslie Zane, director of The Tech Awards, said. “They are saving the day, every day.”
The laureates will be honored at a black-tie gala Nov. 17. This night is often hailed as one of the “most inspirational nights in San Jose,” and is well-attended by some of Silicon Valley’s most influential innovators. Check out last year’s recap for a brief glimpse at what these organizations have accomplished. Warning you might need to reach for those tissues.

2016 Laureates-

Laureate Impact Award: PATH, a laureate in 2003, 2007 and 2009

Intel Environment Award: Source International, a 2014 laureate

Microsoft Education Award: Equal Access, a 2003 laureate

PayPal Equality Award: Souktel, a 2010 laureate

Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award: Angaza, a 2012 laureate

Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award: IDE-India, a 2004 and 2010 laureate