Alejandro Maza of OPI  displays work from his project at  the annual Tech Awards at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday,
Alejandro Maza of OPI displays work from his project at the annual Tech Awards at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Maza has created software tools to help citizens in Mexican cities have some input in curbing drug-cartel violence. The Tech Awards honors global innovators who use technology to benefit humanity. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) ( Gary Reyes )