The World Economic Forum announced today its 2020 Technology Pioneers, future headline-makers addressing global issues with cutting-edge technology. From artificial intelligence (AI) to carbon capture, this year’s cohort is using innovations to protect the climate, improve healthcare and much more, helping us to reset society and build towards a better future.
“This year’s class of Technology Pioneers are improving society and advancing their industries around the world,” said Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “These are the companies that think differently and stand out as potential game-changers. We’re looking forward to the role they’ll play in shaping the future of their industries.”
Of the 100 firms selected, over one-quarter are female-led, more than double the industry average. These firms also come from diverse regions that stretch beyond traditional tech hubs, with companies using innovative technology in novel ways all around the world.
In Brazil, CargoX is digitizing trucking to optimize logistics that can improve the livelihood of truckers in the country. India’s ZestMoney is using its technology to transform the financial services industry, offering affordable credit to those who are unable to access this through traditional finance paths.
Each Tech Pioneer is impacting their country and their community in different ways. For example, Kenya’s Twiga is lowering food costs in Africa by using B2B data to make food supply chains more efficient.
Other economies represented include: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Spain, United States, United Kingdom.
As well as their regional diversity, this year’s Technology Pioneers are at the cutting-edge of a wide range of industries that span smart cities, healthcare cleantech, finance, logistics and more.
For example, the US-based Metawave is using AI and machine learning to enhance automotive sensors with the capability to make cars smarter and safer. In China, Sensoro has developed internet of things solutions to enhance smart city capabilities around the world.
Many other Technology Pioneers are focusing their innovations on combating climate change. Polystyvert focuses on implementing a circular economy for plastics; Aleph Farms focuses on advancements of alternative means that can help promote a more sustainable food system.
In addition to their long-standing contributions to their industries, many Technology Pioneers are also using their tech to support COVID-19 responses around the world. Some, like Sherlock Biosciences and Genetron Health, have helped develop rapid testing options for COVID-19. Another, Lunit, whose technology uses AI to analyse lung diseases from chest X-rays, has released its software for free online to help medical professions in the diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
This year’s cohort selection also marks the 20th anniversary of the Technology Pioneers community. Many past recipients have gone on to become household names including, Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
Following their selections as Technology Pioneers, this year’s firms will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum workshops, events and high-level discussions throughout their two years in the community. Firms also have opportunities to work with policy-makers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.
The 2020 Technology Pioneers include:
- ABC Technology, People’s Republic of China. Extracts insights automatically from unstructured data and improves decision-making
- ABEJA, Japan. End-to-end artificial intelligence solutions using a self-developed platform
- Banuba, Hong Kong SAR. Specializing in computer vision and shaping a future beyond cameras
- BigSpring, Singapore. Lifelong skilling with measurable return on investment
- Bitmark, Taiwan, China. Restores trust in data
- Coda Payments, Singapore. Monetization in emerging markets for digital content providers
- CureApp, Japan. Prescription digital therapeutics to treat medical disorders and diseases
- Genetron Health, People’s Republic of China. Precision oncology R&D to prevent and cure cancer in China
- GuanData, People’s Republic of China. Committed to making smarter decisions and enabling intelligent enterprise
- K2 Data Technology, People’s Republic of China. An industrial big data and artificial intelligence company
- Lunit, Republic of Korea. Using artificial intelligence to conquer cancer
- Sensoro, People’s Republic of China. Technology services devoted to sensing everything intelligently
- StashAway, Singapore. A digital wealth management platform aimed at building long-term wealth
- Stellapps, India. Data-led, internet of things-based, farm-to-consumer dairy supply chain digitization
- Veridium Labs, Hong Kong SAR. Fintech focused on unlocking the trillion-dollar natural capital asset class
- Xtransfer, People’s Republic of China. Making small and medium-sized enterprise financial services simple and accessible
- ZestMoney, India. Artificial intelligence-based digital lending platform disbursing affordable credit to millions
- Ada Health, Germany. A digital front door to the future of health
- Akselos, Switzerland. Using real-time digital twins to accelerate the energy transition
- Alpine Quantum Technologies, Austria. Realizes turn-key quantum solutions to address second quantum revolution challenges
- Chainlink, UK. Connecting blockchain smart contracts with real-world data
- Climeworks, Switzerland. Empowering climate positiveness by permanently removing carbon dioxide from the air
- ComplyAdvantage, UK. Reinventing money-laundering data using machine-learning technology
- Dawex, France. A data exchange technology company operating a data marketplace
- Dorae, UK. The physical trade cloud
- Eigen Technologies, UK. Transforming documents into data to drive better, faster business outcomes
- Elliptic, UK. Protecting businesses against financial crime in crypto
- Enevo, Finland. Data analytics and automated logistics software for the waste industry
- Haven, UK. A transportation management system for international shippers
- IMMO Investment, UK. Using technology to simplify real estate sales, rentals and investments
- Job Today, Luxembourg. A leading hiring app in the UK and Spain
- Kalido, UK. Fuelling prosperity through artificial intelligence-powered people and opportunity matching
- MakerDAO, Denmark. Inclusive and transparent platform for economic empowerment on the blockchain
- Mirakl, France. A platform strategy to compete fairly in a digital economy
- Nextail, Spain. Smart retail platform empowering fashion merchandisers
- Oura Ring, Finland. Democratizing health information
- ProGlove, Germany. A leader in industrial wearables
- Ripjar, UK. Products to fight financial crime and manage risk
- Starling Bank, UK. A digital bank app providing retail accounts and banking services
- Streetbees, UK. Market research meets technology: real data in real time
- Wingcopter, Germany. Manufacturer of unmanned, electric-powered, vertical take-off and landing aircraft
- CargoX, Brazil. An online Latin American trucking system connecting loads with carriers
- Descomplica, Brazil. Pairing education and tech for classes reaching millions of students
- Ripio, Argentina. Gateway to the new digital economy in Latin America
- The Not Company, Chile. Using artificial intelligence to help develop food products from plants
Middle East and Africa
- 3d Signals, Israel. Plug-and-play factory digitalization for improved productivity
- Aleph Farms, Israel. Leading a sustainable food system to nurture a thriving planet
- MorphiSec, Israel. Deterministic endpoint protection against fileless attacks and evasive malware
- Optibus, Israel. A high-tech mobility platform improving mass transportation in cities
- Prospera, Israel. Transforming how food is grown with data and artificial intelligence
- Seebo, Israel. Helping manufacturers increase capacity and prevent losses using artificial intelligence
- Lori Systems, Kenya. Tech-driven logistics services company seamlessly coordinating haulage across frontier markets
- Twiga Foods, Kenya. A marketplace focused on lowering food costs in African cities
- Air Protein, USA. Making air-based meat to sustainably feed the future
- Avanci, USA. One-stop access to essential patented technology for connected devices
- Axonify, Canada. A modern learning solution for frontline employees that actually works
- Boston Metal, USA. Game-changing metals production: better, less expensive steel without carbon emissions
- Brightseed, USA. Using artificial intelligence to discover phytonutrients for health and wellness
- Carbon Engineering, Canada. Removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere at large scale
- Clarity AI, USA. Tech platform analysing the societal impact of investments and organizations
- DataVisor, USA. A fraud detection platform powered by transformational artificial intelligence technology
- DEVCON, USA. Artificial intelligence-powered enterprise security software for all industries
- Dragos, USA. An industrial cybersecurity technology and services company
- EdCast, USA. Artificial intelligence-powered knowledge cloud for unified discovery and personalized learning
- Ellevest, USA. On a mission to get more money into women’s hands
- Energy Vault, USA. Enables renewable energy to provide baseload power 24/7
- Enveil, USA. Pioneering data security to protect data in use
- EquityZen, USA. A marketplace for private company shareholders and investors
- Fiddler Labs, USA. Delivering explainable artificial intelligence with trust, visibility and insights built in
- Foghorn Systems, USA. Deriving machine learning and artificial intelligence-powered insights to organizations
- Guideline, USA. A retirement company offering a fully automated 401(k)
- Innowatts, USA. Powering the energy transition forward with artificial intelligence
- Instrumental, USA. Leveraging artificial intelligence to find and fix manufacturing process issues
- Integris Software, USA. Data privacy automation
- Kebotix, USA. Artificial intelligence and robotics-powered materials platform
- Knotch, USA. Content intelligence platform for brands that independently measures content marketing
- Lavva, USA. Vegan yoghurt made with real ingredients and zero added sugar
- Lightning Labs, USA. Technology for faster, cheaper, global digital payments
- Metawave, USA. Advancing automotive radar sensors and boosting the deployment of 5G
- MindBridge, Canada. Technology for restoring trust in financial data
- Peek, USA. Connecting the world through experiences with a double-sided marketplace
- Phylagen, USA. Arming organizations with the power of environmental genomics and data
- Piano Software, USA. Software-as-a-service platform offering analytics, personalization and subscription
- Polystyvert, Canada. Implementing a circular economy for petroleum-based plastics
- Remix, USA. Helping cities around the world envision their mobility future
- Rize, USA. Next-generation 3D additive manufacturing
- Roadbotics, USA. Empowering communities to make data-driven infrastructure decisions
- SecurityScorecard, USA. A global leader in cybersecurity ratings
- Sherlock Biosciences, USA. Making molecular diagnostics better, faster and more affordable
- Shippo, USA. A shipping platform for 21st-century e-commerce
- Smart Wires, USA. A “valve” that increases power grid transfer capacity by 20%-40%
- Takeoff Technologies, USA. Automated end-to-end micro-fulfilment solution that helps grocers thrive online
- Trace Genomics, USA. Deep machine learning and agronomic knowledge to advance food production
- Trulioo, Canada. Global identity verification
- Two Hat Security, Canada. Artificial intelligence-powered content moderation platform
- Veo Robotics, USA. Transforming factories by making machines responsive to humans
- Verge Genomics, USA. Next-generation drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases
- Versatile, USA. Non-intrusive technology giving construction professionals hard data for easier decision-making
- Vim, USA. Enabling value-based healthcare decisions by aligning payer and provider incentives
- ZeroFox, USA. Safeguards modern organizations from dynamic security threats
About the Technology Pioneers:
The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community comprises early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to make a significant impact on business and society.
Uzbek home appliance manufacturer Artel joins United Nations Global Compact
This week, Artel Electronics LLC (Artel), Central Asia’s largest home appliance and electronics manufacturer, has become an official participant of the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC). Launched in 2000, the UNGC is a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible business practices. Artel becomes Uzbekistan’s third company to participate.
Artel joins over 10,000 companies worldwide, including Microsoft, Facebook and Nestlé, in affirming the Compact’s ten principles. These include a commitment to human rights, labour standards, sustainability, and anti-corruption. The company will also seek opportunities to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As one of the country’s largest companies, Artel’s membership will provide significant momentum towards the alignment of the Uzbek private sector with international standards.
Furthermore, Artel has become a founding member of the Coalition of Business Champions for the Sustainable Development of Uzbekistan. Artel will use its position alongside coalition partners to promote placing environmental and social considerations at the heart of the country’s growth. This builds on the company’s significant work on water provision, gender equality and education.
Bektemir Murodov, CFO of Artel Electronics, said: “We are delighted to join the UN Global Compact and become part of such a proactive global community of businesses working towards sustainable development. As a large Uzbek company, we have a huge responsibility to promote sustainability as well as international labour standards, human rights and anti-corruption. This reaffirms our commitment to these principles.
We also know that this is a great opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading companies, and we look forward to taking an active part in the conversation around how to promote the SDGs in Uzbekistan.”
Becoming a participant of the UNGC is the next step in Artel’s ESG development. The company has restructured its corporate governance to align with international best practice, and continually works to increase the efficiency of its products and reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Artel also has significant social projects that focus on water access and education. Most recently, Artel promoted the UN’s 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence and will soon launch a Women’s Development Programme with a legal clinic to promote legal literacy and gender equality.
World Bank Provides $100 Million to Accelerate Rwanda’s Digital Transformation
The World Bank Group today approved $100 million in financing under the International Development Association’s (IDA) Scale Up Window to help the Government of Rwanda increase access to broadband and selected digital public services, and strengthen the digital innovation ecosystem in Rwanda.
The new Digital Acceleration Project will support the government to expand digital access and adoption by spearheading a series of innovative digital access and inclusion initiatives, including supporting 250,000 households with financing to help acquire smart devices as well as training three million people in basic digital literacy (with targets for girls and women).
The project will also enhance the government’s digital service capabilities by equipping it with the ability to harness the power of big data and develop at least 30 new or upgraded digital services through large-scale investments in shared digital standards, platforms, and infrastructure. These will enable the government to safely scale more fully transactional and remote service delivery, including enrolling and issuing new digital ID credentials to 75 percent of the population. Finally, the project will increase Rwanda’s capacity to support digitally enabled innovation by strengthening the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, developing Rwanda’s digital talent base and helping tech firms to move from startup to growth. At least 300 digital start-ups will be directly supported by the project, with a focus on those that are female-owned.
“Expanding digital access and adoption, enhancing digital public service delivery and promoting digitally enabled innovation are essential for Rwanda’s digital transformation which can in turn help drive a robust post-COVID-19 recovery,” said Rolande Pryce, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda. “The Rwanda Digital Acceleration Project encompasses all these elements and will contribute to Rwanda’s vision to become a knowledge-based economy and upper middle-income country by 2035, by leveraging digital technologies to accelerate growth and poverty reduction.”
The project will also support Rwanda’s efforts to crowd in private sector investment in digital inclusion initiatives, digital infrastructure and through support for digital innovation and entrepreneurship – with the goal of preparing the country for a data-driven and e-service based economy capable of supporting sustainable recovery in a post-COVID-19 context.
“For Rwanda to leverage digital transformation as a driver of growth, job creation and greater service delivery, digital adoption needs to markedly improve. This project will help Rwanda tackle the affordability of digital devices and services, but also bridge lingering basic digital literacy gaps, to increase local demand for digitally-enabled services and platforms,” said Isabella Hayward, World Bank Digital Development Specialist, and Task Team Leader of the project. “The project will also support the GoR’s aspirations of providing 24-hour, cashless, paperless and fully transactional Government-to-Government, Government-to-Business, and Government-to-Person e-services both at the central government and sectoral levels.”
The project will be co-financed in the amount of $100 million by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), of which Rwanda is a non-regional member. This will be the AIIB’s second investment in Rwanda, and the first digital project investment financing to be co-financed with the AIIB.
The City of Ideas platform is a unique opportunity to make the city comfortable
The Moscow City of Ideas platform is a platform where citizens can propose ideas for solving various issues related to the life of the capital and vote for proposals selected by experts.
Ideas with the largest number of votes are implemented in the city. Over the seven years of such projects, more than 270 thousand Muscovites have sent about 112 thousand ideas for the development of urban infrastructure. More than four thousands of them were selected by experts for further study, over three thousand ideas have already been implemented.
The citizens took part in projects like “My Park”, “Electronic House”, “Moscow Central Diameters”, “Moscow child health center”, “Museums of Moscow” and much more. Thanks to the proposed ideas, new public transport routes have appeared, a Moscow standard for children’s recreation has been developed, public service centers, children’s and adult clinics, libraries, and parks have been transformed.
After modernization, the City of Ideas platform has become more user-friendly. Citizens themselves propose suggestions of improving the platform. 12 thousand residents of the capital took part in the project. They proposed with over 600 ideas. The implementation plan included 121 of them, some have already been implemented.
Today, the platform provides short video instructions and materials explaining how to use platform. This will help both beginners and advanced users. Now citizens can submit their ideas directly from the platform’s main page. When sending a photo attached to the text.
The modernization also affected the voting process: the ideas that pass the expert selection will be presented in a single list. You don’t need to go to each page for grading.
And most importantly, the City of Ideas platform today has a modern design. These changes were suggested and supported by the citizens.
This service is available to individuals, representatives of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs.
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