New York, April 8, 2019 — UCOT is among the winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards which were announced today, honoring businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the May issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands April 16.
Now in its third year, the World Changing Ideas Award showcases 17 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions, with Health and Wellness, Education, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries, such as Food, Energy, and Developing World Technology. Honorees include advertising giant DDB Group Germany, renewable energy solution Energy Vault, Spinnova for its method of spinning wood into fiber, Planned Parenthood and Work & Co’s chatbot that discreetly answers kids’ questions, and Aira for its special set of glasses for people who are blind or have low vision. The 2019 awards featured entries from across the globe, from New Zealand to Shanghai to Switzerland.
Fast Company’s May issue celebrates these world changing ideas, highlighting eBay’s HeadGaze technology that makes mobile device applications accessible to people who can’t operate a traditional mouse; Siemens’ efforts to put Puerto Rico back on the power grid after Hurricane Maria; Alibaba-owned food platform Eleme joining forces with creative agency FF Shanghai to create edible chopsticks; Hannah Lucas and her brother Charlie who were prompted to create the notOK app to alert friends and family when you need help after Hannah experienced high school bullying and depression; and Motiv’s electricity-powered chassis which helps commercial fleets reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
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A world where technology is designed to serve and/or complement humanity but not replace it. On the Backend, we bring together the people of all backgrounds to hold authentic discussions around exponential technology development and usage that may not be serving humanity's best interests. On the Front end, we have a unique model to provide support and seed funding to entrepreneurs designing and implementing solutions to the unintended negative consequences of technology.
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
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