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Samsung Names Finalists To $1M Tech Awards

Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung has named the top five
finalists in its nationwide $1 million Solve for Tomorrow contest, which is
part of the company’s Hope for Children initiative.

Samsung’s Hope for Children provides tools and technologies
that empower young people to learn and collaborate to improve our communities,
the company said.

More than 1,100 schools from across the country responded to
the question: “How can science or math help improve the environment in your
community?” Samsung’s own employee volunteers reached out to public schools
across the United States to encourage participation in this national

The finalists are: Patchogue
Medford High School, Medford, N.Y.; Kokhanok School, Kokhanok, Alaska; South Shore Charter Public School, Norwell, Mass.; West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.;
and Wheeling High School,
Wheeling, Ill. Finalists’ videos can be seen at


These finalists will be awarded $80,000 in technology prizes
and representatives from these finalist schools will be flown in to New York
City for participation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony at the
Samsung Experience. At the ceremony, a grand-prize winner will be announced for
the top award of $155,000 in technology prizes from Samsung, Microsoft, DirecTV
and the Adobe Foundation.

Judges included David Steel, executive VP of strategy and corporate
communications, Samsung Electronics America; Steve Smith, TWICE’s editor in
chief; and representatives from Microsoft, the Adobe Foundation, the National
Environmental Education Foundation, Communities in Schools, Great Schools, USA
Today Education and Change the Equation.

Samsung received more than 1,100 submissions from around the
country and selected 50 finalists to participate in the next phase of the
contest. The 50 finalists received video-creation kits that included a Samsung
laptop, camcorder and software from Adobe. The top 10 finalists were featured
for online voting at

During the final phase of voting, Samsung’s panel of judges selected the top
five finalists.

The grand-prize winner will be announced at the Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony at the Samsung Experience in New York on
April 7, 2011. Additional information is available through the Samsung Facebook
Solve tab at

To learn more about the Samsung Hope for Children initiative, visit