Summary of Technology Pioneers 2014

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The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual selection of leading “Technology Pioneers” includes start-up companies making amazing strides and doing real good in the world. Some actually help the blind see and the lame walk. Others bring electrical power, medicine or technology to the world’s poorest people or solve pressing technological or manufacturing problems. Diverse humanitarian goals drive many of these innovative firms. D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson explains, “We believe the best way to end poverty is to design effective technologies that enable people to improve their own lives.” Her philosophy reflects the mind-sets of many of the designated inventors and forward thinkers. getAbstract recommends this inspiring report to entrepreneurs, tech investors, tech inventors, anyone interested in ingenuity or innovation and those seeking to put their skills to work helping others in the real world.

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The not-for-profit World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, is an independent international organization “committed to improving the state of the world.”



Champions of the Cutting Edge

Technology continues to reshape the world, and small firms are responsible for some of today’s most spectacular, “early-stage” innovations. Each year, as part of its “New Champions” program, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognizes select “Technology Pioneer” companies that operate on the cutting edge or make startling new advances. The technology experts on the WEF selection committee recommend winning pioneers based on six selection criteria: “innovation, potential impact, growth and sustainability, proof of concept, leadership,” and not being a current member of the WEF. Proof of concept assesses the practical applicability of a pioneer’s innovation The 36 Pioneers for 2014 are:

  1. Adtelligence GmbH – This Mannheim, Germany, firm gives online shoppers the brick-and-mortar retail store experience. Utilizing rare keywords, “big data and machine learning,” the Convert+ platform builds a unique website for each online visitor, tailored with personalized ads, images, products, and more.
  2. Advantix Systems – A Florida company, Advantix developed a new method for reducing air-conditioner systems’ energy use and operating...

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