Toshiba and Orange County Innovation Announce Judges for Toshiba Green Innovation Award : Panel Selected to Judge Second Annual Award Recognizing Green Values: Deadline Extended Until Sept. 19th

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., and Orange County Innovation (OCI) today announced the names of the distinguished panel of judges who will evaluate the submitted entries for the second annual Toshiba Green Innovation Award. The deadline date for entry has now been extended until Sept. 19, 2008. Winners will be announced in conjunction with the Innovation and Globalization in Green conference on Oct. 1, 2008.

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The contest is a great opportunity for 'green' innovators within Orange County to receive recognition for their environmental efforts

The annual contest awards prizes for the best "green" products, services, technologies, processes, programs or activities from Orange County, Calif., businesses, educators, institutions and organizations. Judges will decide which submissions for the Toshiba Green Innovation Award will become finalists by ranking them in two categories: environmental value and degree of innovation.

The judges were chosen based on their range of backgrounds, which includes business, art, academia and the environment. One such judge is Steven Ryan, program manager for Energy Star, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"It is a pleasure to be part of the judging panel on the Toshiba Green Innovation Award," Ryan said. "The award is a shining example of how larger companies can encourage and reward environmental activity within their own communities."

The 2008 Toshiba Green Innovation Award judges are:

Ruben Franco, Chairman, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Craig Hershberg, Director of Environmental Affairs, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Michael McCarthy, President and CEO, Roger C. Hobbs Institute for Real Estate, Law and Environmental Studies, Chapman University Charles Michael Murray, Founder, Endangered Planet Foundation Daryl Pelc, Vice President, Engineering and Technology - Advanced Systems, IDS, The Boeing Company Walter Schindler, Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Partners, LLC Michael Siersema, Technical Director, CSC Consulting Steve Ryan, Energy Star, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ardelle St. George, Attorney, St. George Carnegie, and Chairwoman of Orange County Innovation R.M. Unnikrishnan, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science California State University, Fullerton "The contest is a great opportunity for 'green' innovators within Orange County to receive recognition for their environmental efforts," said Chris Harrington, vice president of strategy, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "Toshiba and the panel of judges would like to encourage all types of submissions - not just technology."

The award will be presented on Oct. 1, 2008, the first day of the Innovation and Globalization in Green conference at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The winner will receive $5,000 and a Toshiba laptop PC. Second- and third-prize winners will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively, as well as a Toshiba laptop PC. There will also be a live audience vote at the conference that will award another Toshiba laptop PC to the "people's choice" winner.

All entries that offer any activity with environmental value, big or small, are welcome up to the new deadline date of Sept. 19, 2008; the award submission form is available at http://www.ocinnovation2008.com. Selected applicants will be invited to present before a panel of judges on Sept. 25, 2008, at Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., headquarters in Irvine.

About Orange County Innovation

Orange County Innovation (OCI) is an active network of business, service and academic leaders dedicated to promoting global awareness of Orange County as a powerhouse of innovation. It celebrates the significant growth of technology, science, entertainment, arts and industry in Orange County recognizing October as "Innovation month." OCI activities are spearheaded by the collaborative efforts of numerous business, civic and academic groups. http://www.ocinnovation.org

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$76 billion. For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Web site at http://www.toshiba.com.

© 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., and Orange County Innovation (OCI) today announced the names of the distinguished panel of judges who will evaluate the submitted entries for the second annual Toshiba Green Innovation Award.

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