11/22/09 - San Jose, CA
Driptech was recognized this week at the Tech Awards as a 2009 Laureate in the Economic Development category. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon top organizations using "technology for the benefit of humanity."
Laureates are selected yearly from hundreds of nominations by a team of expert judges, evaluating submissions based on their current social impact and potential to scale.
"This is a tremendous achievement to be selected at such an early stage," said Peter Frykman, founder and CEO of Driptech. "It demonstrates the growing awareness of the water issues facing small scale farmers in developing countries."
In addition to the Gala dinner and awards ceremony, Laureates were invited to present their beneficial technologies at an exclusive showcase before the event. Many of the over 1,500 guests had the opportunity to meet the Laureates in person and get a closer look at their innovative solutions.
Driptech was no exception. Peter and his team provided a miniature demonstration garden complete with functional drip irrigation. "The goal is to show just how simple our product is for small farmers to use," said Frykman. "We've had a number of people today try to buy systems for their backyard gardens."
These home gardeners will have to wait, says Frykman, who points out that Driptech is producing at maximum capacity for its Chinese customers. "This is why we're currently raising capital...to scale our manufacturing."
For more of Driptech's photos of the event please visit our album here: