The World Technology Network Announces The 2012 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 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) October 09, 2012

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 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 2012 World Technology Awards were selected 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.

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 Time-Life Building on the evening of October 23rd at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day "thought leadership" conference (Oct. 22/23) also 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 2012 Award nominees, current WTN members (winners and finalist from previous Awards cycles), as well as other leaders from business, technology, and industry.

The theme of this year’s event is NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. Says James Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network, “Advances in technology and science have utterly and profoundly changed our world. And with exponential growth only expected to continue, technology has become the single most important force in human affairs. This year we are more eager than ever to pay tribute to the talent and innovation of our individual and corporate honorees.” Clark continues, "Each year, this event gains momentum and prestige making it the ultimate global platform to honor visionary contributions in the science and technology arenas. 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, as part of our global community. By working to make useful connections among our members, we are helping 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 the WTN Summit and Awards, please contact:
Beth-Ellen Keyes
Director of Events and Operations
World Technology Network
bekeyes(at)gmail(dot)com
646 246 1081 (mobile)

WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2012 FINALISTS

ARTS
Mark Coniglio - Composer/Media Artist, Co-founder Troika Ranch
Joe Davis - Artist & Research Affiliate, Department of Biology at MIT & George Church Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
Markus Kayser - Markus Kayser Studio
Aaron Koblin - Artist & Designer, Data Arts Team in Google's Creative Lab
Golan Levin - Director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University

BIOTECHNOLOGY (INDIVIDUAL)
Payal Agarwal - Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Dmitry Bulavin - Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR Singapore
Michael Danquah - Chemical and Bioprocess Engineer, Monash University
Donald Ingber - Founding Director, Wyss Institute and Core Faculty Member Platform Leader, Biomimetic Microsystems
Miriah Meyer - Assistant Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah
Richard Wilson - Director, The Genome Institute at Washington University
David Young - Senior Lecturer, Musculoskeletal Research Group, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University
Loh Yuin-Han - Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR Singapore

BIOTECHNOLOGY (CORPORATE)
Complete Genomics
Fibrocell Science, Inc.
Genomatica
Omeros
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (INDIVIDUAL)
Ranveer Chandra - Senior Researcher, Mobile Computing Research Center, Microsoft Research
Sir Richard Friend - Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore
Paul E. Jacobs - CEO, Qualcomm
Jun Murai - Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University (Japan)
Deb Roy - Director, MIT Media Lab's Cognitive Machines Group
Anton Zeilinger - Professor of Physics, University of Vienna and Director, Institute of Quantum Optics and
Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (CORPORATE)
Cisco Systems
Dropbox
Pinterest
Reddit
Ushahidi

DESIGN
David Kelley - Co-founder, IDEO
Dick Powell - Co-founder, Seymourpowell
Andrew Slorance - Founder, iimaginedesign.com & Creator of Carbon Black wheelchair
Scott Summit - CEO & Founder, Bespoke Innovations
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby - Founders, Barber Osgerby

EDUCATION
Cathy N. Davidson & David Theo Goldberg - Founders, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition
Michael Karnjanaprakorn - CEO/Co-Founder, Skillshare
Emma Mercier - Research Associate, SynergyNet: Multi-touch in Education, Durham University
Chip Paucek - Co-Founder, 2tor
Suneet Singh Tuli - CEO, Datawind

ENERGY (INDIVIDUAL)
Alexander Balandin - Professor of Electrical Engineering and Founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Riverside
Amit Goyal - ORNL Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Tennessee
Andy Hamiltion - Engineer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Lars Jeuken - Reader in Biophysics, University of Leeds
Laurence Kemball-Cook - Director, Pavegen Systems
Zheng Liu - Research Scientist, Rice

ENERGY (CORPORATE)
Agilyx
Lanza Tech
Siemens
The Plant
Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC
Trilliant

ENTERTAINMENT
Chris Aiken - Head Developer and President, AikenLabs - Immersive Motion
David Helgason - CEO and Co-Founder, Unity Technologies
Todd Howard - Game Director and Executive Producer, Bethesda Game Studios
Lisa Pickelsimer - Executive Director of Video Product Development, Cox CommunicationS
Olivier Bau & Ivan Poupyrev - REVEL technology developers and Researchers, Disney Research, Pittsburgh

ENVIRONMENT (INDIVIDUAL)
Randy Cortright - Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Virent, Inc.
Ellen Jordan - Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Ma Jun - Founder, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), China
Derek Lam - DEHLET & World Marketing Development Centre Ltd
Dara O'Rourke - Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Founder, GoodGuide
Clive van Heerden - Senior Director of Design-Led Innovation, Philips Design

ENVIRONMENT (CORPORATE)
Bug Agentes Biologicos
Cascadia Windows Ltd.
CH2Mhill
ECO Kettle
ecoATM, Inc.
IDE Technologies Ltd.
Recyclebank
Streetline

ETHICS
Anthony F. Beavers - Professor of Philosophy, University of Evansville
Patrick Lin - Director, Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University
James Moor - Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Thomas Murray - Senior Research Scholar & President Emeritus, The Hastings Center
John Weckert - Professor of Computer Ethics, Charles Stuart University

FINANCE (INDIVIDUAL)
Reid Hoffman - Co-founder, LinkedIn
Ben Horowitz - Co-founder, Andreessen Horowitz Co-founder & CEO, Opsware
Vinod Khosla - Founder, Khosla Ventures
Scott Livingston - Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC
Bill Maris - Managing Partner, Google Ventures

FINANCE (ORGANIZATION)
Bessemer Venture Partners
DFJ Gotham
Garage Technologies Ventures
Khosla Ventures
New Enterprise Associates

HEALTH & MEDICINE (INDIVIDUAL)
Larry Benowitz - Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology, Boston Children's Hospital
Linda Griffith - Professor of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Nitsche - Professor of Medicine, University of Gottingen
Ayodogan Ozcan - Professor, UCLA School of Engineering
Dimos Poulikakos - Professor & Chair of Thermodynamics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Ting Shen - Co-founder & CEO, NanoLite Systems
Nina Tandon - Staff Associate, Columbia University Labratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering

HEALTH & MEDICINE (CORPORATE)
Amyris
Esko Bionics
Neurosky
Oncogenex
USC Body Computing

IT HARDWARE (INDIVIDUAL)
Charles Hull - Co-founder, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems
Vijay Kumar - Professor of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Steve Lee - Project Glass Lead, Google
Dharmendra Modha - Manager & Lead Researcher, Cognitive Consulting Group at IBM Almaden Research Center
Ren Ng - Founder & Executive Chairman, Lytro

IT HARDWARE (CORPORATE)
Cubify
Google
Lytro
MakerBot
Redbox

IT SOFTWARE (INDIVIDUAL)
Bruce Donald - Professor of Computer Science, Duke University
Sean Gourley - Chief Technology Officer, Quid
Roger Jones - Co-Founder, Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Qforma
Mik Kersten - Co-founder & CEO, Tasktop Technologies
Daniel Ratai - Founder, Leonard3Do

IT SOFTWARE (CORPORATE)
APPEO
Aurasma
Leap Motion
Palantir Technologies
Salesforce

LAW
Marvin Ammori - First Amendment Lawyer
Peter Menell - Professor of Law, University of California- Berkeley Law School
Jason Schultz - Professor of Law, University of California- Berkeley Law School
Lea Shaver - Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Tim Wu - Professor, Columbia Law School
Chistopher Yoo - Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Joan Casas Cervero - Founder & CEO, uWhisp
Rebecca Coleman - Co-founder, Something Massive
Carol Kruse - Senior VP of Marketing, ESPN
Natalie Massenet - CEO, Net-a-Porte
Rebecca Van Dyck - Marketing Executive, Facebook

MATERIALS (INDIVIDUAL)
Harry Atwater - Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, California Institute of Technology
Sarbajit Banerjee - Professor, University of Buffalo
Paul Edmiston - Founder & Chief Science Officer, ABSMaterials, Inc.
Amit Goyal - Chair, UT-Battelle-ORNL Corporate Fellow Council
Frank Koppens - Professor, Institut de Ciècies Fotòniques

MATERIALS (CORPORATE)
Concrete Canvas
Ecovative Design
RTI International
Siluria
Soitec
Thin Film Electronics

MEDIA & JOURNALISM
Dan Hogan - Co-creator, ScienceDaily
Walter Isaacson - President & CEO, Aspen Institute
Neal Stephenson - Author of README & Founder of Hieroglyph
Kara Swisher - Co-Executive Editor, AllThingsD
David Weinberger - Author, Too Big to Know & Co-Direction of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab

POLICY
David Bollier - Author, Activist, Blogger & Consultant
Aneesh Chopra - First Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Linda Hallman - Executive Director & CEO, The American Association of University Women
Angela Merkel - Chancellor of Germany
Barack Obama - President of the United States
Vivek Wadwha - Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
David Del Ser - Founder & Chairman, Frogtek
Melissa Rich - President, InterSchola
Becca Robinson - Creator, AstroTots
Roy & Bertrand Sosa - Founders, RISE (Relationship and Information Series or Entrepreneurs)
Greg Van Kirk - Co-founder, Community Enterprise Solutions

SPACE (INDIVIDUAL)
Mark Adler - Deputy Mission System Manager, Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Gerard 't Hooft & Paul Romer - Creators, Mars One Project; Professor, Utrecht University & Co-creator, Big Brother (respectively)
Roman Keane & Wei-Ming Zhang - Collaborators, antimatter-powered rocket engine; High School Senior, Western Reserve Academy & Senior Research Fellow, Kent State University (respectively)
Elon Musk - CEO and Chief Designer, Space X
Adam Steltzner - NASA Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

SPACE (CORPORATE)
Bigelow Aerospace
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Sierra Nevada Corporation
SpaceX
Virgin Galactic

For more information about the World Technology Network, or to attend the WTN Summit and Awards, please contact:
Beth-Ellen Keyes
Director of Events and Operations
World Technology Network
bekeyes(at)gmail(dot)com
646 246 1081 (mobile)


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