World Economic Forum today announced its selection of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
Companies were selected for their potential to significantly impact business and society through new technologies and advance the Fourth Industrial Revolution
SIGFOX, the pioneering provider of a dedicated Internet of Things network, was selected for its leadership in establishing and deploying one global, seamless network for billions of sensors and objects that will allow the physical world to communicate with the digital world
The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here
LABEGE, France – 27 June 2016 – SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of global communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), was today awarded as one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. SIGFOX, whose rapidly growing network now extends to 20 countries and all continents, provides simple, reliable, energy-efficient, cost-effective connectivity for objects that communicate small messages to the cloud, for smart cities, smart buildings, asset tracking, transportation, energy and water conservation and multiple other applications.
SIGFOX was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 30 selected companies. Thanks to its selection, it will have access to an influential and sought-after business and political network worldwide. As many Technology Pioneers, Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX, will be invited to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
“We welcome SIGFOX in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “SIGFOX is among those companies that help shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Through the platform of the World Economic Forum, it will be able to scale and share its technology and achieve a larger impact.”
“The Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum is a special honor that underscores SIGFOX’s worldwide leadership in establishing the Internet of Things,” Le Moan said. “It recognizes our company’s unique vision, execution and dedication to providing long-range, two-way connectivity through a seamless global network that will be in 30 countries by yearend.”
As in previous years, American-based entrepreneurs continue to dominate the list of Technology Pioneers, with 22 out of 30 recipients. Other selected pioneers come from France (2), Luxembourg (2), and Canada, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Technology Pioneers are mostly active in IT, health (medtech), food, energy, environment, financial services (fintech) and production.
The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. Notable members of the committee include Jeffrey M. Drazen (Editor-in-Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine) and Sang Yup Lee (Distinguished Professor and Director, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Airbnb (2013). More information on past winners can be found here.
About SIGFOX: SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. Currently deployed or being rolled out in 20 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only commercially available IoT-dedicated connectivity solution that guarantees a high level of service and reliability on an international scale. Corporate headquarters are in France, and the company has offices in Boston, Dubai, Madrid, Munich, San Francisco and Singapore. For more information, see www.SIGFOX.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.
About the World Economic Forum:
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).