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Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine has an posting called Haptic Arm Wrestling hits the net. The virtual arm wrestling is featured in the new NetPl@net exhibit at The Tech.

The article says:

December 14, 2004 An internet facilitated “haptic” arm-wrestling machine devised to teach children “hands-on” applications of networking in the digital age is the hit of American museums and may spawn a new sports craze. The Haptic Arm Wrestling machine, currently on display at 6 science museums, including the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the Tech Museum in San Jose, and the Imaginarium in Alaska, allows contestants to arm wrestle remote human opponents over the internet while watching live video and audio feeds.

and also mentions that: “Participants at the Tech Museum can also wear and keep a RFID bracelet activation that allows them to enter their ID into the website, providing screenshots of them and their opponent while they were playing.”

I was staffing the arm wrestling part of the exhibit yesterday morning and it is definitely popular. We had a very enthusiastic group who got very into the competition. We matched up a couple of times against people from a science museum in Iowa, but they kept cheating and had entire groups of people trying to wrestle at the same time against one kid on our side (because we were trying NOT to cheat – and not to break the machine). It’s definitely fun though — and if you’re down near The Tech stop by and see the new stuff!

Breaking news from The Tech this week…

Tech Museum CEO Peter Giles to Retire; Leadership Team and Board of Directors to Build on Museum’s Founding Vision

peteratastc.jpgSAN JOSE, Calif. –(Business Wire)– Dec. 14, 2004 — Peter Giles, President and CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation, has decided to retire on March 31, 2005, after 18 years of service. Effective immediately, The Tech’s board of directors has promoted Chief Operating Officer Meredith Taylor to President. Egon Zender International has been retained to conduct a national search for a new CEO.

“I am proud of the partnership with the City of San Jose, local businesses, donors and universities that has made The Tech such a unique and special entity. The remarkable teamwork between our amazing staff, board and volunteers has laid a strong foundation for The Tech,” said Peter Giles, The Tech’s CEO. “I am proud of this team for successfully navigating the dot com bubble burst, while continuing to grow the dream of The Tech. We’re more focused than ever on our mission to engage and inspire people of all ages, especially the young. It is now time for new leadership to build on The Tech’s founding vision, and I have no doubt in the team’s abilities to further our work after my departure.”

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gregearthquake.jpgAnother great members holiday party at The Tech! Plus, while we were downtown, I got to introduce Greg to tapioca pearl tea (probably should have started him off with the regular flavored one to start, the fruity flavored ones are awfully sweet) and I finally got to try out Original Joes, a San Jose institution that I’ve walked by a million times and have never eaten at.

The party itself was great. I love getting to show off The Tech to friends and they do throw a good party. They had marshmallow roasting out on the loading dock, roving carolers (mostly Peggy), IMAX previews of Polar Express (which we’re going to go see Sunday if anyone wants to come), cookie decorating, and all the regular cool stuff we love there (including the new Net Planet exhibit, which I worked in on Wednesday, and which turned out very very cool, especially the new 3-D virtual world to play in.) Here’s Greg and I on the earthquake platform (because really, if someone’s going to come all the way out to California to visit, we might as well show them a nice earthquake!)

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The Tech sent this out to us today and asked that we share it with any contacts we have that may be interested in nominating a candidate for this award.

Tech Museum Awarding $250,000 in Cash Prizes
Global Call For Nominations of Innovators
Using Technology to Benefit Humanity
Nomination Deadline: April 4, 2005
www.techawards.org

Eye catching headline, huh? As you know, The Tech Museum Awards is a
unique and prestigious program that honors and awards innovators from
around the world who use technology to benefit humanity in the categories of:

Education
Equality
Economic Development
Environment
Health

You can help us reward those making a difference and nominate an individual or organization today. A simple nomination form can be found at www.techawards.org. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Individuals, nonprofit organizations and companies are all eligible. Program details, including judging criteria, can be found at The Tech Museum Awards website listed above.

Each year, 25 Laureates are honored at a gala dinner, invited to participate in press and media coverage, and introduced to a network of influential advisors. Next year’s gala is on November 9, 2005. One Laureate in each category will be granted a $50,000 cash prize.

Gillian Caldwell of WITNESS, 2003 Laureate in the Knight Ridder Equality award category and cash prize recipient, called The Tech Museum Awards “…a truly remarkable program that has given WITNESS acclaim for using technology to document human rights abuses. I was deeply honored to be recognized along with 24 other innovators from around the world who are working to improve human life through technology. The exposure generated from receiving this award and the $50,000 cash prize will surely lead to expanded services, awareness, and improved solutions for ending violations of human rights.”

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Today was the annual Tech Museum Awards, where the museum honors innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity. I was invited to attend the Tech Laureates Venture Network Showcase this morning where I got a chance to meet this year’s 25 Tech Laureates and learn a bit more about their projects. The big gala is this evening.

Its getting lots of good press:
Helping Humanity in the SJ Merc
Group’s high-tech efforts to aid Navajo honored in the Denver Post
Honoring technology for changing the world
Projects improved the human condition
, SF Chronicle
etc.

Update:
Press Release with the winners.

The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity presented by Applied Materials, Inc., awarded $250,000 at a black-tie gala last night to educators and social entrepreneurs who use technology to benefit mankind. The five $50,000 cash prize recipients hail from Brazil, Guatemala and the United States, and their technology solutions change and save the lives of countless individuals from all backgrounds in over 25 countries.

Each of the five Laureates awarded a cash prize is encouraged to reinvest their winnings in additional innovative programs that utilize technology to solve global challenges and improve the lives of people around the globe.

The 2004 Tech Museum Awards cash prize recipients were:

Dr. Kenneth Owens, Jr. and Paul Burgess of Humboldt State University received the Intel Environment Award for developing remote-controlled, GPS-enabled robots to seek and destroy landmines.

Arcata, CA – http://www.humboldt.edu/~kdo10/demining.html

International Development Enterprises – International received the Accenture Economic Development Award for Easy Drip, an affordable and low-waste micro-irrigation kit for poor rural farmers.

Lakewood, CO – www.ide-international.org

Andrew Lieberman of Asociacion Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiche received the Microsoft Education Award for developing low-cost, bilingual, intercultural technology centers for indigenous Guatemalans.

Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala – www.enlacequiche.org.gt

Rodrigo Baggio of the Committee for the Democratization of Information Technology received the Agilent Technologies Equality Award for leveraging Information & Communication Technology to promote social inclusion of less-privileged people.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – www.cdi.org.br

Dr. Ashok Gadgil of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received the Affymetrix Health Award for UV Waterworks, a quick, low-cost system to disinfect drinking water in poor regions around the world.

Berkeley, CA, United States –

Brittany, Amy and I attended the Northern California Docent Forum 2004 today at the Oakland Museum of California. It was a great meeting and I came away with a lot of ideas (and hopefully a new resolution to get things done instead of only being frustrated that things are so difficult right now.)

I’ll have more notes in a bit, but here’s the pieces I went to:

Keynote Address: Patrick J. Gallagher
Gallagher & Associates
Design for Innovation: Evolving Styles of Interpretation

Session: The Four Rís: Recruitment, Retention, Recognition and Retirement
Panelists will examine methods of recruitment that attract volunteers who reflect the diversity of their institutionís community, discuss building support systems that retain docents and share ideas for easing docents into reassignment or retirement when that time comes.

Session: Docent Organization and Leadership
Even the smallest of museums have some form of volunteer group organized to ensure that its commitment to visitors and the local community is met. Panelists will describe several organizational structures and their strengths, and address other issues including how to retain and renew program leaders and how to facilitate positive working relationships between the docent organization and the staff.

And then lunch, where I sat with a group talking about staff/volunteer relations and then an open forum where everyone asked questions and shared information.

And after the conference, we had a chance to see their new special exhibit, Whatís Going on?óCalifornia and the Vietnam Era.

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This morning we had Part A of the training for the new NetPl@net exhibit opening at The Tech in November. Its going to be SUPER cool.

Now I’m off to a volunteer lecture about guest services, part of the cool lecture series Tina has organized where volunteers present lectures and workshops to other volunteers and staff on topics they are experts in.

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This morning we had Part A of the training for the new NetPl@net exhibit opening at The Tech in November. Its going to be SUPER cool.

Now I’m off to a volunteer lecture about guest services, part of the cool lecture series Tina has organized where volunteers present lectures and workshops to other volunteers and staff on topics they are experts in.

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  • Comments Off on NetPlanet Training & Guest Services Lecture

This morning we had Part A of the training for the new NetPl@net exhibit opening at The Tech in November. Its going to be SUPER cool.

Now I’m off to a volunteer lecture about guest services, part of the cool lecture series Tina has organized where volunteers present lectures and workshops to other volunteers and staff on topics they are experts in.

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  • Comments Off on NetPlanet Training & Guest Services Lecture

This morning we had Part A of the training for the new NetPl@net exhibit opening at The Tech in November. Its going to be SUPER cool.

Now I’m off to a volunteer lecture about guest services, part of the cool lecture series Tina has organized where volunteers present lectures and workshops to other volunteers and staff on topics they are experts in.


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