The World Economic Forum celebrated the power of technology and innovation by announcing the selection of 24 companies on August 26, 2014.
Among the remarkable selections are companies that are significantly improving diagnostics and health treatment; providing electricity to the off-grid underprivileged; pioneering low-cost computing; developing new visual, audio, and sensor technologies; and embedding Internet of Things services.
The Technology Pioneers for 2015 are: AutoGrid Systems, Avegant, BlaBlaCar, Cambrian Innovation, Canonical, Couchbase, Eta Devices, Genomatica, Guardant Health, Health Catalyst, HiBot Corporation, Ionic Security, Jasper Technologies, Kakao Corporation, Labcyte, LearnUp, Mera Gao Power, Newlight Technologies, Organovo, Proterra, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Silicor Materials, SmartThings, and Vaxxas.
Each year the World Economic Forum, after a rigorous process, selects about 30 companies from hundreds of applicants. A selection committee – comprised of top technology and innovation experts, academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, evaluates all candidates against the programme’s criteria before making its recommendation to the World Economic Forum.
Since 2000, around 600 innovative companies from five continents have been selected as Technology Pioneers. Among them, the majority are still thriving independently while others have been acquired by industry leaders.
The Technology Pioneers of 2015 will be recognised for their achievements in a ceremony on 11 September at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014, which will take place from 10 to 12 September in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.
The Meeting is the foremost gathering in Asia on science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It will bring together more than 1,500 leaders from business, government, and research from over 90 countries. In addition, participants will also include the Forum’s Global Growth Companies, Young Global Leaders, Young Scientists, Social Entrepreneurs, and Global Shapers, as well as its members and partners.