2015 World Technology Awards Finalists

THE 2015 WORLD TECHNOLOGY - AWARD FINALISTS

INDIVIDUAL

ARTS

  • Doug Aitken - multimedia artist
  • Stan Douglas - film and video artist
  • Bojana Ginn - new media artist, former scientist and MD
  • Ryoji Ikeda - electronic composer and visual artist
  • Marta Minujín - conceptual and performance artist
  • Frieder Nake - mathematician, computer scientist, and pioneer of computer art
  • Marcus Neustetter - artist, cultural activist, and producer
  • Patrick Tresset - robotics artist
  • Alex Verhaest - artist

BIOTECHNOLOGY

  • Anita Goel - President, Nanobiosym
  • Anne Wojcicki - CEO, 23andme
  • Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentie - Professor, University of California at Berkley and Emmanuelle Charpentier – Founder of CRISPR
  • Stanley T. Crooke - CEO, Isis Pharmaceuticals
  • Stefan Dübel  - Director, Technische Universitat Braunschweig

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

  • Markus Aspelmeyer - Quantum Physicist, Aspelmeyer Group
  • Shyamnath Gollakota - Professor, University of Washington
  • Andrew Rubin - CEO/Founder – Illumio
  • Dimitra Simeonidou - Professor, University of Bristol
  • Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy - CEO/Co-Founder, Snapchat
  • Mark Thompson - Director, The Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training

DESIGN

  • Robert Brunner - Founder/Partner, Ammunition
  • Adrian Canoso - Chief Robot Whisperer, Savioke
  • Thomas Heatherwick  -  Designer/Founder, Heatherwick Studio
  • Jessica Rosenkrantz - Founder, Nervous System
  • Marije Vogelzang - Food Designer, Marije Vogelzang Studio

EDUCATION

  • Jeremy Johnson - CEO, Andela
  • Robb Lindgren - Professor, Education at Illinois
  • Dave Moursund - Founder, ISTE
  • Ramona Pierson - Founder/CEO, Declara
  • Alice Brooks & Bettina Chen - Both Co-Founders, Ruminate

ENERGY

  • Ramamoorthy Ramesh - Director / Prof. of Power Engineering, MIT
  • Gang Chen - Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Jodie Lutkenhaus - Professor of Materials, Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Sajeev John - Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto
  • Thomas McGuire - Project Lead, Skunkworks
  • Joseph Perry - Professor of Chemistry, Georgia Tech

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Christian Fritz and Jan Gwiasda  - Developers of SPIKE, The Marmalade Visual Engineering
  • Guy Laliberté - Founder, Cirque du Soleil
  • Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss - CEO; Eric Wahlforss – Founder/CTO, Soundcloud
  • Henry Bradlow and Antoine Balaresque - Co-Founders, Lily Robotics
  • Samier Rayani, Alex White and David Hoffman - Co-Founders, Next Big Sound
  • Boris Sofman, Mark Palatucci, Hanns Tappeiner - Co-Founders, Anki

ENVIRONMENT

  • Dirk Ahlborn - CEO, Jumpstart Fund
  • Dr. William Rees - Ecological Economist, Post Carbon Institute
  • Jake Dyson - Founder, Jake Dyson Lighting
  • Emily Cole - Co-Founder, Liquid Light
  • Andrej Pecjak - General Manager/Co-Owner, Institute Metron
  • Geoff Smith and Angus Gentle - Professor, University of Technology in Sydney

ETHICS

  • Coetzee Bester - Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics
  • Don Gotterbarn - Association for Computing Machinery, Chair Committee on Professional Ethics
  • Gary Marchant - Professor of Law, Arizona State University
  • Shannon Vallor - Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University
  • Vivek Wadhwa - Head of Research, Singularity University
  • Manoush Zomorodi - Host, WNYC's "Note to Self" podcast

FINANCE

  • Ron Conway - Founder/Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel
  • Rob Hutter - Managing Director, LearnCapital
  • Mitchell Kapor - Co-Founder, Kapor Capital
  • Jenny Lee - Managing Partner, GGV Capital
  • Mary Meeker - Investments Lead, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Neil Shen - Founding/Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China

HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • James Anstie - Research Fellow, Australian Research Council
  • Tom Bieling - Professor, Design Research Lab
  • Daniel Fletcher - Principal Investigator/Prof. of Bioengineering, Fletcher Lab, UC Berkeley
  • Phil Rosenfeld - Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Miriam Barlow and Kristina Crona - Professor, UC Merced and Kristina Crona – Professor of Math, College of Arts and Sciences at American University

IT HARDWARE

  • Jaeyoun Kim, Jungwook Paek and Inho Cho -  Jaeyoun Kim and Inho Cho - Professors, Iowa State University; Jungwook Paek - Research Scientist Biolines Lab, University of Pennsylvania
  • Martin Kuvandzhiev - Valkyrie Team Leader, Technical University of Sofia
  • Hao Li - Professor of Computer Sciences, USC
  • Rajesh Menon - Professor, University of Utah
  • Yoichi Ochiai - Professor, University of Tsukuba
  • Aditi Singh - Founder, Data Stickies
  • Sangbae Kim, Hae Won Park, and Patrick Wensing - Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomimetic Robotics Lab MIT; Hae Won Park, Research Scientist, Biomimetic Robotics Lab MIT and Patrick Wensing – Co-Chair, Biomimetic Robotics Lab, MIT

IT SOFTWARE

  • Stewart Butterfield - Founder, Slack
  • Kaisei Hamamoto - Co-Founder/CEO, Smartnews
  • Urs Hölzle - Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure, Google
  • Micha Mikailian - Founder, Intently & eBoost Consulting
  • Kira Radinsky - CEO/Co-Founder, SalesPredict
  • Ashutosh Saxena - Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University
  • Yaser Sheikh, Natasha Kholgade, Tomas Simon, Alexei Efros - Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Tomas Simon Kreuz – PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexei Efros – Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Natasha Kholgade - Assistant Professor, Clarkson University

LAW

  • Danielle Citron - Lois K. Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland
  • Cindy Cohn - Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Isabelle Falque-Perrotin - Chairman, French Data Protection Authority
  • Zoe Lofgren - US Congressman, San Jose District
  • John Perry Barlow - Co-Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tilo Bonow  - Founder, PIABO
  • Steve Dowling - VP of Communications, Apple
  • Sophia Kim - Global Marketing Manager, Samsung
  • John Patroulis - Creative Chairman, Bartle Bogle Hegarty
  • Marian Salzman - CEO, Havas PR

MATERIALS

  • David Boyd - Scientist, Caltech
  • Alex Ermoshkin - CTO/Co-founder, Carbon 3D
  • Jeannette Garcia - Discovering Researcher, IBM Almaden Research Center, Titan Project
  • Mark Hersam - Research Scientist, Northwestern University
  • David Pine - Professor of Physics, Pine Research Group NYU

MEDIA & JOURNALISM

  • Margaret Atwood - Author
  • Marc Goodman - Global Security Advisor, Singularity University
  • Morten P. Oksvold  - Contributing Scientist/Author, Science and Engineering Ethics Journal
  • Robert Scoble - Founder, Scobleizer
  • Jason Silva - Host, Brain Games
  • Wendell Wallach - Lecturer, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

POLICY

  • Pope Francis  - His Holiness Pope Francis, The Vatica
  • Chai Jing - Director, Under The Dome
  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir - Co-Founder, Pirate Party
  • Thomas Piketty  - Economist/Author, Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  • Stuart Russell - Professor of CS and Engineering, Berkley

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Andrew Bastawrous - Doctor and Research Lead, Peek Vision & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Shannon Dosemagen  - Co-Founder/Director, Public Lab
  • Van Jones - Founder, Color of Change
  • Bassel Jouni - Architect/Designer, Roots Up
  • Shivani Siroya - CEO, InVenture Mobile
  • Yash Vardhan Kanoi - Co-Founder/CEO, Jack of all Threads
  • Claudio Sassaki and Eduardo Bontempo - Co Founders, Geekie
  • Miki Agrawal and Radha Agrawal - Co-Founders,Thinx

SPACE

  • Ruslan Belikov - Staff Scientist, NASA
  • Cleo Loi - Partner, University of Sydney / Murchison Widefield Array
  • Bill Nye - CEO, The Planetary Society
  • Rick Tumlinson - Co-founder, Deep Space Industries
  • Bob Twiggs - Professor of Astronautical Engineering, Morehead State University

ORGANIZATION

BIOTECHNOLOGY

  • Illumina  
  • Intrexon  
  • J Craig Venter Institute  
  • MaRS Innovation  
  • OxSyBio  
  • Regeneron  

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

  • Alibaba  
  • Endaga  
  • FireChat  
  • MercadoLibre  
  • Nwave Technologies  
  • Radiosense  
  • Uber Technologies  

ENERGY

  • Algae Systems  
  • Ripasso Energy  
  • Sakti3  
  • TESLA   
  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)  
  • Vortex Bladeless  

ENVIRONMENT

  • AeroFarms  
  • EGGEnergy  
  • Evatran  
  • Newlight Technologies   
  • Solar Impulse  

FINANCE

  • Bain Capital Ventures  
  • Carmel Ventures  
  • Crowdfunder  
  • Indiegogo  
  • SeedInvest  

HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • Counsyl  
  • Enlitic  
  • Inovalon  
  • Perfint Healthcare  
  • Public Health Agency of Canada  

IT HARDWARE

  • Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering  
  • Nano Dimension  
  • Occipital  
  • Oculus  
  • TETRA  
  • Toshiba  

IT SOFTWARE

  • Apple  
  • Frame, Inc.  
  • pymetrics  
  • SoundHound  
  • Wolfram Research  

MATERIALS

  • 3D Systems Corporation  
  • Electroactive Smart Materials  
  • IBM Almaden Research Center Titan Project   
  • Nanoscribe GmbH  
  • Rohinni  

SPACE

  • Center for SETI Research  
  • Deep Space Industries  
  • ESA (Rosetta comet mission)  
  • Generation Orbit  
  • Moog  
  • NASA (New Horizons mission)  
  • Virgin Galactic  

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