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On June 30, For Humankind, a weekend-long science, technology and design expo will kick off in New York. The event’s primary objective is to highlight ideas, communities and devices that integrate our lives, capitalize on our unique strengths, and amplify the best of human nature… In other words, a whole lot of really smart people are going to discuss our relationship with technology, how it has evolved and what it will look like in the future.

That’s still a little vague, but don’t sweat it. The real to-do of the whole thing is the Humanizing Technologies Awards which will recognize the participants that develop or identify new technologies that integrate themselves seamlessly into our lives, capitalize on our unique strengths, and amplify the best of human nature. The awards are divided into three categories that were defined using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: safety and security, relationships, and personal growth.

I like these categories a lot; they’re classic, but relevant and progressive. They’re also just outside of the box enough that I think we’ll see some unique ideas in a field that is typically pretty scientific and predictable… The submissions show just that and are worth some individual attention as the expo approaches. Let’s start with the Humanizing Technology nominees for “Safety and Security.” Check it out:

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