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♪ hello, welcome to "asian pacific america." i'm robert handa, your host for our show on nbc bay area and cozi tv. today we look at groundbreaking program designed to make the world a better place started by bay area innovators being recognized by the tech museum of innovation. we start with a unique program started by a unique person. we profile be line reader, and then miracle feet, helping to treat club foot in developing
nations with an interesting method combining non-investigation and compassion. we continue by highlighting the work of two prominent tech laurea laureates. both provide health education for hiv/aids prevention and maternal and child health. we continue our tradition of showcasing live cultural and artistic performance with the san jose university latin jazz ensemble. they will perform for us in the studio later in our show. you will meet a number of people who have been honored or will be honored soon by the san jose tech area of innovation. our first guest is nick lum, a tech awards laureate in the microsoft education category. he is the developer of bee line
reader. congratulations on your program. >> thank you. >> we talked about what your program does. give us more background on it. >> we designed a way to make reading easier on screen than paper. for years we have been reading on screen like on paper with a normal black text on white background, but if you apply a subtle gradient that guides the eye from one line to the next, that helps read better. >> i never found reading on a screen as well as on a page. >> a lot of people feel the way you do. >> how does it work essentially? >> our most popular product is a browser plug-in for chrome and fire fox browsers. it's free to try out for 30 days. after that, you can keep using it a couple times a day for
free. after that, it's about a dollar a day for a month. >> give us some apps that maybe help the people who have the most problems with reading. >> we also have an ios app which is very popular. we eventually added a kindle feature to that app, so you can read any kindle book you purchased or borrowed from the library with the overdrive platform, an e-lending platform. you can read that on your ipad that is helpful for people with dyslexia or attention deficitde. >> how about people who just like to read and have a problem like i do, not being able to read as much on a screen? does this help those readers? >> we have readers who are professionals, doctors, lawyers, who read a lot. if you read for six, eight hours in a day. if you can increase your reading speed by 10% 20% or if it's easier on your eyes, that make yours life more enjoyable.
>> some of the best stories i read, the story behind the story. tell me how you got started with beline reader. >> i was in college, i was hangsihangs i hanging out with a buddy who was talking about technology, color, and i worked it out. >> what did you zero in on, in terms of how you could apply that in a mass way? >> it's a common intuition that every once in a while we skip a line or repeat the same line twice. that's something that you can avoid if you use color as a flag that guides your eye to the right place what i've learned since then, a lot of research shows that though we skip and repeat lines occasionally, we make smaller mistakes when transitions between lines, like we don't bring our eyes all the
way back to the left side and we have to make an adjustment. >> i was surprised to find out some of my friends when we got older were not very fluent. they got through high school and college, but they weren't very flue fluent. at what age is the best time to get into this program or is it applied at every level? >> it's been really surprising to learn all the different applications. teachers have been using this with kids as young as six. the results have been stunning in controlled tests. first grade students were able to increase reading fluency by over 50% in one month by using this tool. that was just a really incredible result. >> it's used by people as old as 80, 85 who have been reading in black and white for their entire live, and they see this and say why didn't we do this sooner. >> it's nice to get the tech recognition, isn't it? >> it is we are grateful to the
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our next guest attends stanford medical school which is already a big achievement. but ian connelly is a tech awards laureate in the katherine m. swanson young innovator program for his program, miracle feet. congratulations. >> thanks for having me. >> tell us what miracle feet does and how you ended up getting involved in that organization. >> miracle feet is a non-profit whose mission is to help er eeradicate club foot worldwide. >> how did you get involved?
>> i was part of a fantastic team of students at stanford that worked in collaboration with miracle feet to develop a really easy to use, low-cost brace for children born with club foot in developing countries? >> how did this team assemble? >> we started on working on the project through the school of design, it was called design for extreme affordability. >> people in silicon valley can appreciate the fact that you combine this mechanical engineering with this innovation to help people on a huge medical kind of scale here. give us an idea in terms of what the brace does and how it works. >> i guess to back up, club foot is a congenital deformity where a child's feet are turned downward and inward, making it difficult for them to walk and carries with it a social stigma as well. so the brace is part of the treatment or correction of club
foot. what it does, it basically holds the feet in a corrected position. it's like phase two of the treatment. holds the child's feet at a prescribed position and a child has to wear that for about four years at night. >> how accessible is that brace for people? >> so, club foot here in the u.s., you don't see a lot of it. it's really easy to treat. but in developing countries you see a lot of kids with untreated club foot. and one of the main reasons for that is because the braces are just simply unaffordable or they're really difficult to use. and that results in high relapse rates. >> wow. of course i'm sure the stigma doesn't help either in terms of people seeking help. how have you made the brace more available in other countries, in developing countries? >> so, in collaboration with miracle feet, we came up with this great brace, that's easy to use. easy to put on. it's comfortable for the child. we also decided to make it out
of plastic, so really brought the costs down. our hope is with this brace we can help miracle feet eradicate club foot on a global scale. >> when we look at the pictures, you can understand why would want to help somebody going through that kind of thing. what was the interest or personal interest in it that got you started in that direction? >> for me, i've always been interested in helping people. that's why i decided to go to medical school, just incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity to help miracle feet and their mission to help kids walk normally and live normal, active lives. >> on a mechanical engineering level, what was the biggest thing you guys had to solve to come up with this brace? >> i'd say it was probably making a brace, making a design that could be easily injection molded. really the design and manufacture of it was no small
task. we were fortunate to work with some great industry partners on that. >> i bet you're looking forward to seeing children who have used the brace and see how they come out at the other end. >> yeah. most definitely. >> congratulations on your achievements here. >> thank you. >> you don't do it for the recognition, but you and your team are being honored for this, right? >> yeah. >> congratulations. that's great. >> thank you very much. >> again, to help so many people on such a big scale is great. >> thanks. >> all right. well, coming up, we discuss two prominent laureates and their past and present accomplices which are making a global impact. we'll show you how. stay with us.
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director of the tech awards. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> first, give us an idea here. i've been covering them for a long time. it's amazing how big the awards have gotten. some people compare them to the oscars in hollywood. >> we love that. this will be our 15th annual tech awards, presented by applied materials it started in 2001. with the upcoming group of ten laureates, there will be 287 on our roster. >> it's believe one of the reas the awards are so big is because of that connection to humanity, trying to make the world a better place. >> that's our tag line, technology benefiting humanity. we have a couple programs to look at and talk about. we'll show a clip of teach aids. let's look at this clip. we're seeing this for the first time. we'll talk about it after. >> an enormous growth and spread
of aids in africa and around the world, and in many countries it's because they are not able to talk about it. >> we are directly empowering the learners to know when they go if they are at risk or not. >> culture is so complex, sexual culture is that much more complex. put it altogether, you implicate so many different taboos. >> millions of dollars have been spent on hiv awardness campaigns. what makes teach aid special, it solves numerous problems with hiv and provides real education instead of awareness. >> making sure those material feel like they were designed for that population. >> that kind of reminds me of some things we have been talking about with some other guests, that these achievements are not just spreading awareness but have practical, real solutions to the things that they're addressing. and teach aids is one of them.
>> their teams spent about five years studying 30 years of aids awareness campaigns that had gone on. but the epidemic kept growing. they realized the focus had been on aids awareness, a billboard here or there, maybe an advertisement in a magazine. there was no retention. after five years, it was an interdisciplinary study in stanford, they realized if they used animated videos that were culturally appropriate, that the retention increased from 70% to 89%. >> wow. >> so aids education, not awareness. that's what is different about that program. they're now in 82 countries. they partner with over 280 organizations. the former president of botswana a few weeks ago said he wanted it in every classroom in botswa botswana.
>> another program is called embrace. we have another segment here. let's watch that. we'll talk about that as well. >> so in india, 25% to 30% of babies are low birth weight. [ speaking foreign language ] ♪ >> it is amazing to me that something that was born out of a classroom can now save countless lives around the world. >> you know from this design that we took from the napkin, to an actual baby being stabilized is very, very rewarding. >> all of them are safe, sound, comfortable in this. it has huge potential. >> so, just bit about -- some about baby swaddling, a lot of other health care issues, right? >> this one deals actually with
the astounding fact that 1 million babies die annually on the day they're born due to low birth weight. if that happened here, we would place the baby in an incubator. incubators cost $20,000. in developing countries, they can't afford that. this group came out of stanford in 2008 from the design school. they were tasked with the challenge of designing an incubator that would be 1% of $20,000. so developing nations could afford it. the embrace warmers is what came out of it. it looked like a little sack, they used an innovative wax that keeps heat up to four hours. it's a slim design, so there's a natural bonding between mother and baby. it's reusable. and it costs $200. >> good. and give us a quick idea in terms of what people can expect from the upcoming awards presentation, what they'll see
and what the common denominator is? >> in the words of the president of the tech, tim richie, to inspire hope and empathy. that's what we love do at tech awards. you will see films about miracle feet, beline reader. embrace will be coming back, their impact has gone from 2,000 babies when they were a laureate in 2012 to 150,000 babies they've saved. >> wow. >> the room just becomes a place of hope and empathy. we hope people who are there, watching the live stream think i have an idea. i, too, can save the world. >> very good. congratulations on the event. >> thank you. >> it's always a fun event as well. >> it is. >> the tech museum of innovation is presenting the tech awards november 12th at 6:30 p.m. at san jose convention center. to get more details on silicon valley's version of the oscars
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i am here with the san jose state university latin jazz ensemble. they will be performing at the tech awards show on november 12th. this group from my alma mater will give us an early look at their show. they will join our other guests at the tech awards gala on november 12th at the san jose convention center in downtown san jose. here to play "grooving high" is the san jose state university latin jazz ensemble. ♪ ♪
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