Airware Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
San Francisco, June 14, 2017 – Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “technology pioneers”, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. Airware has been recognized for its leading set of technologies that provides everything enterprises need to collect, manage, and analyze aerial data. It offers its customers an accurate view of their world to drive business outcomes, including operational cost savings, enhanced worker safety, and improved decision making -- whether for insurance companies doing rooftop inspections, construction companies managing sites, or mining companies measuring excavation yield.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community are early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The 30 technology pioneers that made it to the final selection are active in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, blockchain, cybersecurity, the (industrial) internet of things, and other pioneering technologies.
Following Airware’s selection as Technology Pioneer, the company’s founder and CEO Jonathan Downey has plans to attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2018, and continue to participate in dedicated Technology Pioneer community events in the course of the next two years.
“We welcome Airware in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “We hope that thanks to this selection, the World Economic Forum can facilitate greater collaboration with business leaders, governments, civil society and other relevant individuals to accelerate the development of technological solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.”
“We are humbled by this prestigious recognition and look forward to working closely with other thought leaders as a Technology Pioneer over the next two years,” said Downey. “In an industry that is crowded and competitive, it’s an honor to be acknowledged as a leader in the commercial drone market for our unparalleled ability to help businesses collect and make the best use of their aerial data.”
The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. Notable members of the committee include Geoffrey Moore (Adviser, Geoffrey Moore Consulting, USA), Yossi Vardi (Chairman, International Technologies, Israel) and Lee Sang-Yup (Distinguished Professor and Dean, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea). The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter and Wikimedia.