The "Champions of Creativity," program is a unique, live videobroadcast/educational opportunity for students across the nation to experience and to interact with Kilby Laureates and members of the Kilby International Council, some of the world's most accomplished individuals and brightest minds.
Kilby Laureates are individuals who have been named Kilby Medalists for contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention, and education. The Kilby Awards were created in 1990 and named in honor of Jack Kilby, inventor of the monolithic integrated circuit, "the Chip." Though receiving neither early fame nor fortune, Mr. Kilby changed the world through the power of his imaginative creation of the Chip. In 2000, he received the Nobel Prize. The Awards were created to celebrate these kinds of individuals throughout society and to encourage young people in pursuit of science, technology, innovation, invention, and education.
At the staged event in Dallas, Texas, over 500 area students were counted in the live audience, with several hundred more connected from remote classrooms and locations throughout Texas, and California.
The event was hosted by the Chairman of the Kilby Awards Foundation, Victoria Downing. Kilby Laureates participated both live and by remote technologies. This included Dr. Marc Hannah, Dr. Susan Athey, Dr. Margaret Lowman, and Dr. Mark Reed. They were joined by Kilby International Council member Dr. Jaleh Daie. Additionally, Jack Kilby, himself, appeared at the event.
In honor of Jack Kilby's 80th Birthday Year, the Foundation will present a series of these live videobroadcast events to benefit underserved students throughout the world.
The next scheduled broadcast is April 2, 2003 in Los Angeles at USC, where the featured Laureate will be Dr. Hans Herren, the renowned Swiss Scientist whose work in eradicating the African mealy bug has saved millions of lives.
With generous support from Broadcast Patrons and Scholarship Sponsors, The Foundation plans to continue the Kilby Broadcast Series throughout 2003-2004. Requests for participation include education centers throughout the US, and recently in the UK and in Africa.
Teachers, Educators, and prospective Patron/Scholarship Sponsors are invited to contact the Chairman, or the office of the Foundation for information on how to participate in future broadcasts. Contact us via or via telephone at (214) 768-3355.
of a Champions of Creativity broadcast.
Read the press release for the April 2, 2003 Champions of Creativity broadcast.
Read the news coverage of the October 2, 2002 Champions of Creativity broadcast.