About ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics

This award is to recognize an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. It will be given once every two years, assuming that there are worthy recipients. The award amount is $5,000 plus travel expenses to the Awards banquet.

The award is intentionally defined broadly. The professional credentials of the recipient(s) are not important. The recipient(s) need never to have earned a degree or published a paper, or even be considered to be a computer professional. The emphasis of the Award Committee will be on the significance of the contribution itself, within the prescribed areas of technology for humanitarian contributions in the field of computing.

Some examples of the types of contributions that this award is created to recognize are: application of computer technology to aid the disabled; making an educational contribution using computers or Computer Science in inner city schools; creative research concerning intellectual property issues; expansion of educational opportunities in Computer Science for women and underrepresented minorities; application of computers or computing techniques to problems of developing countries.


Recent Eugene L. Lawler Award News

Ken Banks Receives Humanitarian Award for Mobile Technology

Ken Banks has received the 2016 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for developing FrontlineSMS, using mobile technology and text messaging to empower people to share information, organize aid, and reconnect communities during crises. Banks saw an opportunity to harness the world’s most-used communication platform—mobile messaging—to help people in the developing world.

2016 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award recipient Ken Banks