The Winners Of The 2011 World Technology Awards Announced In Gala Ceremony At The United Nations

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The Individual and Corporate Innovators Creating the 21st Century Are Recognized for Doing the Work of "the Greatest Likely Long-Term Significance" in the Eyes of their Peers. Presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, among others.

World Technology Awards gala audience witnessing makers-of-our-era describe their innovations...

Reading the list of the Winners of the 2011 World Technology Awards is like sneaking a peek at the future. Ever wonder who is creating this century? Its these people and companies.

Who are 2011's top innovators in science, technology, and related fields? Who is doing the work that is changing the world? The World Technology Network ("The WTN") has announced the names of the Winners in 10 corporate and 20 individual categories for the prestigious World Technology Awards. (See the full list below). Presented by the WTN in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, Technology Review and others, the World Technology Awards have been called "the Oscars of the technology world" in part because of their peer-review selection process. The Winners join the WTN membership -- a roster of organizations (Corporate Members) and individuals (WTN Fellows) from over 60 countries around the world. (Awards were presented in the following categories: The Arts, Biotechnology, Communications Technology, Design, Education, Energy, Entertainment, Environment, Ethics, Finance, Health & Medicine, IT-Hardware, IT-Software, Law, Marketing Communications, Materials, Media & Journalism, Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, Space.) Taken all together this winners list is an amazing snapshot of the global revolutions in science and technology that are re-shaping our 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." The annual World Technology Awards process is an intensive global one, lasting many months. The Award nominee pool this year of over 600 nominees came from three sources: names put forward by the WTN Fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual Award cycles in the individual Award categories); research by the WTN staff; and, to a lesser extent, from nominations from individuals and companies themselves.

Finalists for the Awards were selected by the WTN Fellows who are eligible to vote for their top five preferences in order from within their own category. The collective preferences of the WTN Fellows determine the Finalists. The new Finalists then became the latest group of WTN Fellows (for individuals) and WTN Corporate Members (for organizations). The Winners were selected from among the Finalists with the input of a select group of prominent Advisors and were announced at a ceremony in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room on October 26th.

The Advisors for 2011 were:
Ray Kurzweil, inventor/futurist/author
Albert Teich, Senior Policy Advisor, American Association for the Advancement of Science/AAAS
Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, Technology Review
Lev Grossman, Senior Writer and book critic, TIME; co-author blog "Techland"

The new WTN Fellows and Corporate Members were officially inducted into the WTN membership at a gala ceremony at the United Nations, where, as mentioned, the Winners were announced. The Awards gala occurred at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day "thought leadership" conference (Oct. 25/26) in the TIME & LIFE Building in association with the WTN’s partner organizations. Most of the delegates to the Summit were 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, with the participation of our extraordinary membership and the help of our sponsors and partners, we strengthen this platform to honor the most visionary and impactful contributions in the science and technology arenas." Clark adds "The World Technology Awards program is not only a very inspiring way to identify and celebrate 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. These are the people creating the 21st Century. By working to make connections among our members, we look forward to assist in a truly positive way in continuing to help determine our collective future and change our world."

About the WTN

The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world's 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 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.

For more information about the World Technology Network (and to find out how to sign up for the video webcast on demand to the view this year's Summit & Awards), please visit:

The Winners of the 2011 World Technology Awards

  • The Arts

Marco Tempest, Technoillusionist

contact: tempest(aT)newmagic(dot)com

  • Biotechnology (Corporate)

Celgene Corporation

contact: Brian Gill, bgill(at)celgene(dot)com

  • Biotechnology (Individual)

James J. Collins, Investigator and University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Boston University

contact: jcollins(at)engc(dot)bu(dot)edu

  • Communications Technology (Corporate)


contact: Jacqueline Botterill, jacqueline(dot)marshall(at)skype(dot)net

  • Communications Technology (Individual)

Gabriel Charlet, Researcher, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

contact: Wendy Lipshultz, wendy(dot)zajack(at)alcatel-lucent(dot)com

  • Design

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer/Artist/Writer

contact: hello(at)daisyginsberg(dot)com

  • Education

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and Head of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab

contact: mres(at)media(dot)mit(dot)edu

  • Energy (Corporate)

Aquion Energy

contact: Quelcey Kogel, qkogel(at)aquion-energy(dot)com

  • Energy (Individual)

Xin Zhao, Materials Scientist, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Laboratory) &
Rod Ruoff/Meryl Stoller, Ruoff Research Group, University of Texas at Austin

contact: xinzhao(at)jlab(dot)org, r(dot)ruoff(at)mail(dot)utexas(dot)edu

  • Entertainment

Kati London, Director of Product, Zynga

contact: Ashley Lipton, alipton(at)zynga(dot)com

  • Environment (Corporate)

Airdye Solutions
contact: Paul Raybin, p(dot)raybin(at)colorep(dot)com

  • Environment (Individual)

Ann Hand, CEO, Project Frog

contact: Nikki Tankursley, nikki(at)projectfrog(dot)com

  • Ethics

Paul Root Wolpe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics/Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

contact: pwolpe(at)emory(dot)edu

  • Finance (Corporate)

Band of Angels
contact: Ian Sobieski, ian(at)bandangels(dot)com

  • Finance (Individual)

Esther Dyson, CEO, EDventure Holdings

contact: edyson(at)edventure(dot)com

  • Health & Medicine (Corporate)

Second Sight Medical Products

contact: Brian Mech, bmech(at)2-sight(dot)com

  • Health & Medicine (Individual)

Anthony Atala, Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

contact: Karen Richardson, krchrdsn(at)wakehealth(dot)edu; Yvonne Bunker, ybunker(at)wakehealth(dot)edu

  • IT-Hardware (Corporate)

contact: Lauren Vroom, lvroom(at)apple(dot)com

  • IT-Hardware (Individual)

Steve Teig, Co-Founder, Tabula, Inc.

contact: Sabrina Joseph, sabrina(at)morphoses(dot)com

  • IT-Software (Corporate)

contact: Leslie Letts, letts(at)amazon(dot)com

  • IT-Software (Individual),

Otavio Good, Co-Founder, Quest Visual, Inc

contact: otaviogood(at)questvisual(dot)com

  • Law

Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University

contact: rai(at)law(dot)duke(dot)edu

  • Marketing Communications

Aedhmar Hynes, CEO, Text 100 Public Relations

contact: Jeff Cleveland, Jeff(dot)Cleveland(at)text100(dot)com

  • Materials (Corporate)


contact: Glenn Carter, gacarter1(at)mmm(dot)com; Colleen Harris, cahornharris1(at)mmm(dot)com

  • Materials (Individual)

Andrew Barron, Welch Chair of Chemistry/Professor of Materials Science, Rice University

contact: Jade Boyd, jadeboyd(at)rice(dot)edu

  • Media & Journalism

Athar Osama, Publisher/Editor/Columnist, Muslim-Science.Com

contact: athar(dot)osama(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Policy

Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator, US Agency for International Development (US AID)

contact: alexdehgan(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Social Entrepreneurship,

Howard Weinstein, Social Entrepreneur, Solar Ear

contact: howard(at)solarear(dot)

  • Space (Corporate)


contact: Kirstin Brost Grantham, Kirstin(at)spacex(dot)com

  • Space (Individual)

Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX

contact: Kirstin Brost Grantham, Kirstin(at)spacex(dot)com


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