Girls take middle stage at Tech for International Good awards


The way forward for innovation seems to be feminine, at the least primarily based off the roster of honorees on the Tech for International Good awards ceremony final Saturday night time.

Chris DiGiorgio, chair of the Tech Interactive’s board of trustees, proudly introduced that this yr’s laureates had been all organizations based and led by ladies, a primary within the awards’ 21-year historical past, which earned a loud roar of applause from the viewers on the Signia by Hilton resort.

As ordinary, the Tech for International Good celebration was an inspiring night, as the group of greater than 300 folks watched movies illustrating how the laureates had been working to resolve huge issues: India-based Strawcture Eco makes constructing supplies out of leftover straw;  MicroByre makes use of knowledge and robotics to show micro organism into factories that flip bio-waste — rabbit poop, in a single case — into useful chemical compounds like life-saving most cancers medication; Goodr makes use of an app to scale back meals waste by connecting eating places and different venues with nonprofits; and Blue Ocean Barns provides crimson seaweed to the eating regimen of dairy cows to scale back greenhouse gases by getting them to burp much less methane.

Sarah Richardson of MicroByre, Aliya Nealy of GoodrCo, Joan Salwen of Blue Ocean Barns, Shriti Pandey of Strawcture Eco obtained the awards Saturday night time. By the best way, the movies — which clarify in a extremely entertaining means how every firm bought began — are exhibiting on the Tech Interactive in downtown San Jose and on its web site,

The night additionally served as a second likelihood for LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who was honored with the James C. Morgan International Humanitarian Award again in March however needed to miss the ceremony due to sickness. He made good on a promise to look this fall in particular person, collaborating in an on-stage dialog with Kevin Scott, chief expertise officer at Microsoft.

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS: Hayes Mansion — which made its means into Elizabeth Kile’s ebook, “Haunted San Jose,” due to Mary Hayes Chynoweth’s declare to have psychic powers — is moving into the Halloween spirit Monday with a household pleasant occasion with trick or treating, pumpkin bowling and video games on its big garden from 5 to 9 p.m. Palm & Ember, the South San Jose resort’s restaurant, additionally can be providing themed cocktails for $13. Possibly the ghost of Mary herself will present up for a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mai Tai or a pumpkin spice espresso martini.

In the meantime, San Jose’s historic Japantown can be internet hosting a trio of occasions interesting to children and grown-ups for Halloween. On Oct. 29, 12 breweries can be pouring suds at three places for the Halloween version of the Beerwalk ( for tickets.) Then on Oct. 30, Exhibit at JTown will host a family-friendly occasion with Empire 7 Studios, with artwork, video games, a pumpkin patch and maker displays. After which Monday on Halloween, Japantown companies once more will welcome costumed children for trick-or-treating from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. One particular deal with: San Jose Taiko drummers could have pop-up performances all through the night time.

AT THE MOVIES: The eighth annual Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Movie Competition is happening this weekend on the AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale 12. The opening-night film on Friday is “Coping with Dad,” Tom Huang’s humorous household drama a couple of trio of grownup siblings whose father is affected by melancholy. Huang, who directed, wrote and produced the film, will participate in a Q&A with NBC Bay Space’s Mike Inouye.

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