Interesting list of tech companies to follow during the next years - Google was the one of the Tech Pioneers in 2001, and it became what everyone knows. It is also worth noting how Clean and Green Technology are at the top of the trends this year, a trend that will only increase in the coming years.
The Technology Pioneers 2010 are active in areas such as cloud computing and open source application management, social networking, financial inclusion through telecommunications, genome sequencing, responsive implants and wireless patient management solutions, waste remediation, fuel cell technology and the production of energy efficient building materials.
This year, the Forum witnessed a substantial increase in the number of cleantech and energy-related companies applying for the award, as well as in the overall percentage that were selected as Technology Pioneers compared with previous years. This suggests that the concern surrounding the environment and climate change coupled with the “green stimulus package” is driving resources and top innovation in this area.
To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of a life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership and show all the signs of a long-standing and sustainable market leader – and its technology must be proven. Previous Technology Pioneers include 23andme (2008), Amyris Biotechnologies (2006), Dr Reddy Laboratories (2001), Google (2001), Gridpoint (2008), Kaspersky Lab (2001), Mozilla Corporation (2007), Nanosolar (2007), Recyclebank (2009) and Silver Spring Networks (2008).