The Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award – The Tech Awards

Presenter: Erica Swanson, Director, The Swanson Foundation

The Young Innovator Award honors Katherine M. Swanson, a shining star whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 22. Katie’s father, Robert A. Swanson, believed it was everyone’s responsibility to contribute to making people’s lives better. Bob laid
the cornerstone of The Swanson Foundation and now Judy and Erica Swanson continue to build on his philosophy. Bob was only 28 when he co-founded Genentech in 1976 and, together with his partner Herb Boyer, transformed the biotech revolution into an industry. He was an active supporter of The Tech.

Katie Swanson was passionate in life, took ideas to a new level, brought new experiences, and made sure everyone had a chance to play in the game. She was loving, generous, and inclusive. She believed in equality and that anyone, at any age, could have an “aha!” moment that becomes a game changer in the lives of others. It is the hope of The Swanson Foundation to empower a new generation of innovators
to create a world in which people plus technology truly make a difference.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.

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