Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley: Innovators Awarded for Breakthroughs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-11-11

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Hollywood glamour and showbiz panache came to Silicon Valley Nov. 9 in the form of the second annual Breakthrough Prizes, which took place at the brilliantly lit and staged Hangar One at NASA Ames Federal Airfield. Hangar One, built for the old Navy dirigible, the Macon, dates back to the 1920s but is currently being refurbished. The awards, given to innovative scientific scholars and inventors, are sponsored by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, Google co-founder Sergei Brin and Anne Wojcicki, and IT investors Yuri and Julie Milner. A total of $36 million ($3 million to each of 12 winners) was doled out for the Prizes. Singer, author and television producer Seth MacFarlane was the emcee, and a number of Hollywood entertainers were on the bill as either performers or presenters, including Christina Aguilera, Jon Hamm and Kate Beckinsale. The event replay will be televised Nov. 15 on both the Discovery and Sci-Fi channels. Here are some of the photo highlights of the event. (All photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)


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