Presented annually since 2001, the
are a program of the
Tech Museum of Innovation
in California and, quite empirically, one of the coolest endeavors on the planet. Each year, the program recognizes innovators and scientific teams who are employing technology to solve the world's most pressing problems.
This year's winners -- 10 teams from an even larger pool of
-- were officially awarded the 2015 laureate prizes last week. Winners receive substantial cash rewards and funding from a who's-who of heavyweight tech industry sponsors. We take a look at this year's winners.