January 31st, 2012
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
The World Technology Network (The WTN, http://www.wtn.net) announced today the names of the 50 corporate Finalists (in 10 categories) and 100 individual Finalists (in 20 categories) for the prestigious World Technology Awards. Presented by the WTN in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review, the World Technology Awards have been called the Oscars of the technology world in part because of their peer-review selection process. The Finalists join the WTN membership — a roster of organizations (Corporate Members) and individuals (WTN Fellows) from over 60 countries around the world.
The World Technology Awards have been presented by the WTN since 2000, as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields doing the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance. Nominees for the 2011 World Technology Awards were selected through an intense process by the WTN Fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual Award cycles in the individual Award categories) through an intensive, global process lasting many months. Winners will be selected from among the finalists with the input of a select group of prominent Advisors and will be announced in a ceremony at the United Nations.
The Advisors for 2011 are:
Ray Kurzweil, inventor/futurist/author
Albert Teich, Director, Science and Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science/AAAS (retired, 2011)
Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, Technology Review
Lev Grossman, Senior Writer and book critic, TIME; co-author TIME.com blog “Techland”
The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the worlds most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its members those creating the 21st century — are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.
The winners of the World Technology Awards will be announced during a ceremony at the United Nations on the evening of October 26th at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day thought leadership conference (Oct. 25/26) held at the TIME & LIFE Building and presented by the WTN in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, Technology Review, and others. Most of the delegates to the Summit will be 2011 Award nominees, current WTN members (winners and finalist from previous Awards cycles), as well as other leaders from business, technology, and industry.
“This year we are more eager than ever to pay tribute to the talent and innovation of our individual and corporate honorees.” says James P. Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network. “Each year, this event gains momentum and prestige making it the ultimate global platform to honor visionary contributions in the science and technology arenas. Clark adds The World Technology Awards program is not only a very inspiring way to identify and honor the most innovative people and organizations in the technology world, but it also is a truly disciplined way for the WTN membership to identify those who will formally join them, as WTN Fellows and Corporate Members, as part of our global community. By working to make useful connections among our members, we look forward to assisting in continuing to help create our collective future and change our world.
About the World Technology Network
The WTN exists to “encourage serendipity” — the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members and extended audience, to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
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WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2011 FINALISTS
Scott Hessels- Associate Professor, School of Creative Media
Chris Jordan – Photographic Artist, Chris Jordan Photography
Marco Tempest – Technoillusionist
Trimpin – Artist
Pamela Z -Composer/Performer/Media Artist, Pamela Z Productions
James J. Collins – Investigator and University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Boston University
Paul Greengard – Founder and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Intra-Cellular Therapies
H. Robert Horvitz – Co-Founder, Epizyme, Inc.
Gustavo Stolovitzky – Manager, Functional Genomics and Systems Biology, IBM Research
Yi Zhang – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
454 Life Sciences (Roche)
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (INDIVIDUAL)
Gabriel Charlet – Researcher, Bell Labs Inc.
Chris Cox – Vice President of Product, Facebook, Inc.
Harald Haas – Professor, University of Edinburgh
Jessica Mah – Co-Founder/Architect/CEO, inDinero, Inc.
Kevin Systrom – CEO, Instagram
Prabhakar Raghavan – Chief Strategy Officer, Executive VP, and Head of Yahoo! Labs
Sam Zaid – CEO, Getaround
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (CORPORATE)
Hussein Al-Attar – Designer
Jan Chipchase – Executive Creative Director of Frog Design
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg – Designer/Artist/Writer
Philip Letts – Founder/CEO, blur Group
Nicole Vanderbilt – CEO, mydeco.com
Tony Cann – Founder/Vice Chairman, Promethean, Inc.
Salman Khan – Founder/Executive Director, Khan Academy
Sandy Khaund – Founder/CEO, Irynsoft
Milica Paranosic – Owner/Composer, BrukaProduction
Mitchel Resnick – LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and Head of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab
Stacey Bent – Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Andrew McClaine – CTO, Safe Hydrogen, LLC
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