The World Technology Network Announces the 2011 Finalists for the World Technology Awards

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.

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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 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 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.

For more information about the World Technology Network, or to
attend /cover the WTN Summit and Awards with press credentials, please visit:
http://wtn.net/summit2011/registration.html
or contact

Beth-Ellen Keyes
Director of Events and Operations
World Technology Network
bekeyes(at)wtn(dot)net
1.646.246.1081

WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2011 FINALISTS

ARTS
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

BIOTECHNOLOGY (INDIVIDUAL)
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

BIOTECHNOLOGY (CORPORATE)
Acorda Therapeutics
Celgene Corp.
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Geron
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)
Baidu
Facebook
Netflix
Scribd
Skype
Yahoo!

DESIGN
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

EDUCATION
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

ENERGY (INDIVIDUAL)
Stacey Bent - Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Andrew McClaine - CTO, Safe Hydrogen, LLC
Lars Müller-Messkampf - Research Staff, Institute of Applied Photo Physics, Technical University of Dresden.
Daniel Nocera - Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy/Professor of Chemistry, MIT
Professor Rod Ruoff; Dr. Xin Zhao; Meryl Stoller - Ruoff Research Group, University of Texas at Austin

ENERGY (CORPORATE)
Accelergy
Aquion Energy
GE
PowerBeam
SustainX

ENTERTAINMENT
Daniel Ek - Co-Founder/CTO, Spotify, Inc.
Nam Do H - Founder/CEO, Emotiv Systems Inc
Kati London - Director of Product, Zynga
Seth Priebatsch - Chief Ninja (CEO), SCVNGR
Peter Vesterbacka - Chief Marketing Officer, Rovio Mobile, Ltd.

ENVIRONMENT (INDIVIDUAL)
Ann Hand - CEO, Project Frog
Edward Harwood - CEO/Founder, Aero Farm Systems, LLC
Alisdair McGregor - Principal, Arup
Bridgette Shannon - Development Scientist, Corning, Inc.
Ursula Sladek - Founder/President, Schönau Power Supply
Felisa Wolfe-Simon - Microbial Geobiologist/Biogeochemist, NASA Astrobiology Institute

ENVIRONMENT (CORPORATE)
AirDye Solutions
Better Place
Center for Popular Education and Social Formation
Earth Networks
Recyclebank
Siemens Water Technologies

ETHICS
Soraj Hongladarom - Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Keith Miller - Schewe Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Springfield
John Sullins - Associate Professor, Sonoma State University
Vivian Weil - Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions/Professor of Ethics, Illinois Institute of Technology
Paul Wolpe - Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics/Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

FINANCE (INDIVIDUAL)
Steve Anderson - Founder, Baseline Ventures, Inc.
Eric Benhamou - Founder/CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC
Chris Dixon - Co-Founder, Hunch, Inc.
Esther Dyson - CEO, EDventure Holdings
Fred Wilson - Founder/Partner, Union Square Ventures

FINANCE (CORPORATE)
Band of Angels
Charles River Ventures
Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
New York Angels
Union Square Ventures

HEALTH & MEDICINE (INDIVIDUAL)
Anthony Atala - Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Joseph DeSimone - Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill/William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering, NC State University
Alfred E. Mann - Chairman of the Board/CEO, MannKind Corporation
Mark D. Pegram - Professor of Medicine/Associate Director for Clinical Research, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics
Martin Wesian - General Manager, Helioz Research and Development GmbH

HEALTH & MEDICINE (CORPORATE)
NeuroPace
Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore
Second Sight Medical Products
SpectraScience
SynCardia Systems

IT-HARDWARE (INDIVIDUAL)
Brent Burroff and Evan Lindquist - Founders, ZionEyez
Jack Dorsey - Founder, Twitter, Inc.
Peter Freer - President/Founder, Freer Logic, Inc.
Scott Hassan - Founder, Willow Garage, Inc.
Kia Silverbrook - CEO, Silverbrook Research, Inc.
Steve Teig - Co-Founder, Tabula, Inc.

IT-HARDWARE (CORPORATE)
Amazon
Apple
Cray
HTC
Microsoft (Xbox)

IT-SOFTWARE (INDIVIDUAL)
Jack Abraham - CEO & Founder, Milo.com
Scott Guilfoyle - Senior Vice President of Platform Services/CTO, PayPal, Inc.
Otavio Good - Co-Founder, Quest Visual, Inc
Tara Sainath - Speech Recognition Specialist
Jamie Shotton - Researcher, Microsoft Research

IT-SOFTWARE (CORPORATE)
Akamai Technologies
Amazon
Apple
Clearwell Systems
Google

LAW
Dan L. Burk - Founding Faculty, University of California-Irvine School of Law
Julie Cohen - Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
F. Scott Kieff - Professor, George Washington University Law School
Mark Lemley - William H. Neukom Professor, Stanford Law School
Arti K. Rai - Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Andy Getsey, Co-Founder; Rebecca West, Senior Vice President; James Hannon, Co-Founder - Atomic Public Relations
Sabrina Guttman - Head of Global Technology Practice, Ruder Finn
Margaret Healy - Manager, Strategic Partnerships, YouTube, LLC
Aedhmar Hynes - CEO, Text 100 Public Relations
Melissa Waggener Zorkin - CEO/President/Founder, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Inc.

MATERIALS (INDIVIDUAL)
Andrew Barron - Welch Chair of Chemistry/Professor of Materials Science, Rice University
Michael Haag - Chief Technology Officer, Universal Nanotech Corporation
Evelyn Hu - Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Michelle Khine - Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment), Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Werner Kuhr - Vice President Research & Founder, ZettaCore, Inc.
Charles M. Lieber - Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University

MATERIALS (CORPORATE)
Applied Materials
BASF
Genomatica
Nano Science Labs
3M

MEDIA & JOURNALISM
James Gleick - Author
Rebecca MacKinnon - Journalist/Free Speech Activist, Global Voice Online, Inc.
Dennis Meredith - Author/Consultant
Athar Osama - Publisher/Editor/Columnist, Muslim-Science.Com
Marcia Stepanek - Multimedia Journalist/New Media Strategist/NYU Faculty/Author, Contribute Media
Padma TV - South Asia Regional Coordinator, SciDev.Net

POLICY
Rob Atkinson - President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Nigel Cameron - President/CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)
John Clippinger - Director/Research Scientist, Harvard Berkman Center -MIT Media Lab
Alex Dehgan - Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator, US Agency for International Development
Kenji Higuchi - Photographer, Activist
Daniel Sarewitz - Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes/Associate Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society/Professor of Science and Society Professor, School of Life Sciences and School of Sustainability

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Ken Banks - Founder, kiwanja.net/FrontlineSMS
Perry Chen - CEO, Kickstarter, Inc.
Mike Feinberg - Co-Founder, KIPP
Stephanie Hankey, Co-Founder/Executive Director; Marek Tuszynski, Co-Founder - Tactical Tech
Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu - Executive Director, The Smallholders Foundation
James Taylor, Debbie Aung-Din Taylor - Founders/Directors, Proximity Designs
Howard Weinstein - Social Entrepreneur, Solar Ear

SPACE (INDIVIDUAL)
Franklin Chang-Diaz - CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company
Christine Charles - Professor of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University
Steven Howe - Director, Center for Space Nuclear Research, Universities Space Research Association
Edward Montgomery - Beam Control Lead Engineer, US Army Space & Missile Defense Command/ARSTRAT
Gwynne Shotwell - President, SpaceX Technologies, Corp

SPACE (CORPORATE)
Canadian Space Agency
Copenhagen Suborbitals
GeoEye
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Space X

For more information about the World Technology Network, or to
attend /cover the WTN Summit and Awards with press credentials, please visit:
http://wtn.net/summit2011/registration.html
or contact
Beth-Ellen Keyes
Director of Events and Operations
World Technology Network
bekeyes(at)wtn(dot)net
1.646.246.1081

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