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Technology Pioneers Programme

The Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum's means of identifying and integrating those companies around the world that are involved in the design and development of new technologies.  Each innovation, whether it has large or small consequences, is another step in society's attempt to harness, adapt and utilise technology to change and improve the way business and society operate.

In line with the World Economic Forum’s commitment to improving the state of the world, the Tech Pioneers are integrated into its activities with the objective to identify and address future-oriented issues on the global agenda, in proactive, innovative and entrepreneurial ways. By bringing these executives together with scientists, academics, NGOs, and Forum members and partners, the Forum hopes to shed new light on how technologies can be used to, for example, find new vaccines, create economic growth and enhance global communication.

Technology Pioneers 2009

Technology Pioneers 2009 brochureThe World Economic Forum has announced 34 visionary companies selected as Technology Pioneers 2009 for their accomplishments as innovators of the highest calibre, and whose technologies will have a deep impact on business and society. The selection of these companies is the result of a vigorous selection process, for which the Forum received more than 320 applications from around the world that were evaluated by 44 global technology experts. Read more

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Who are the Technology Pioneers?

To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership, show the signs of being a long-standing market leader – and its technology must be proven.

Technology Pioneers are companies from around the world that develop and apply the most innovative and transformational technologies in the fields of information technology, renewable energy and biotechnology / health. The work undertaken by these companies holds the promise of significantly affecting the way business and society operate. Each innovation is another step in society's attempt to harness, adapt and utilize technology to change and improve our world. The World Economic Forum identifies between 30 and 50 companies as Technology Pioneers every year.

What are the benefits of being a Technology Pioneer?

Technology Pioneers are invited to participate in the activities of the World Economic Forum, including the Annual Meeting of New Champions and potentially the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters. These Meetings are the two premier international events bringing together leaders of business and government from around the world, providing an opportunity for Technology Pioneers to interact with the World’s foremost thought leaders and trend .

For this reason, the Technology Pioneers will definitely be invited to the Annual Meeting of New Champions for two consecutive years, and they will be potentially invited to the Annual Meeting in Davos should the Forum consider that the programme reflects the interests of the company.

Recipients of this distinction get worldwide media coverage at the time of recipient list publication. In past years, Time, BusinessWeek and Forbes have regularly profiled all or a selected group of Technology Pioneers.

How are Technology Pioneers identified?

The Forum solicits nominations for the Technology Pioneers programme from a variety of sources: Forum members and partners, technology experts, venture capital firms, technology incubators, entrepreneurs, innovators, current Technology Pioneers and alumni and the Selection Advisory Committee (SAC), an external group of technology experts in specific fields. Committee members are selected based on their extensive experience in and knowledge of the various technology sectors. Individuals with a strong understanding of companies that may qualify as Technology Pioneers are encouraged to submit nominations or to encourage companies to nominate themselves.

Nominees are short-listed by an internal committee consisting of industry and technology experts. Short-listed nominees are evaluated by an external selection advisory committee comprising technology experts within the specific fields.. 



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