CAMBRIDGE, MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
Today MIT Technology Review reveals its list of 35 top young innovators (http://www.technologyreview.com/innovators-under-35/). For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For her work in the field of transportation, StreetLight Data’s Laura Schewel has been selected for the list.
Laura’s work will transform the way information about transportation and mobility behavior is used across business, government, and research. Transportation accounts for over 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, has enormous health impacts, and damages quality of life, and yet, Laura realized, we know almost nothing about transportation behavior in the US or abroad. Laura’s inventions utilize mobile data exhaust — archival and anonymous data left over from mobile phone and navigation services — to describe how groups of people move about and use their cities. This approach means that planners, transportation engineers, policy makers, advocates and business leaders can understand the transportation context for any place in any city at a very low cost. Laura founded StreetLight Data to refine and scale her inventions.
“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing women and men whose innovations and companies have been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Laura to this prestigious list.”
This year’s honorees will be featured online at technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 3. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference from October 9–11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (http://www.emtechmit.com).
About StreetLight Data
StreetLight Data delivers next-generation geospatial business intelligence to support critical decisions and improve return on investment in transportation engineering, site selection, marketing, and city planning. StreetLight’s dynamic, empirical, site and road specific analytics provide new insights into how people commute, shop and travel in the real world. The StreetLight InSight product suite is powered by the company’s proprietary RouteScience® technology. To learn more, visit: http://www.streetlightdata.com.
About MIT Technology Review
MIT Technology Review leads the global conversation about technologies that matter. An independent media company owned by MIT, it produces publications read by millions of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders around the globe, in six languages and on a variety of platforms. The company publishes MIT Technology Review magazine, the most respected technology magazine; daily news features, analysis, and opinion; and Business Reports, which explain how technologies are transforming industries. It produces live events such as the annual EmTech MIT, international EmTech conferences, Summits, and Salons. The company's entrepreneurial community organization, MIT Enterprise Forum, hosts 400+ events a year around the world.
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