The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in 6 awards categories.
The technology used can be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology.
NBC will be livestreaming the awards ceremony tonight from the Santa Clara Convention center.
This year's categories are: Environment, Education, Young Innovator, Health, Economic Development, and Sustainable Energy.
The Tech Awards 2012 | NBC Bay Area.