Our very own LanzaTech has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a pioneer in technology this week – we'd add up the number of honours LanzaTech has garnered already this year alone, but we stopped counting some time ago.
The World Economic Forum named the New Zealand cleantech company a Technology Pioneer for 2013, which means it will be recognised as “an industry-changing company with the potential to transform the future of business and society” at the World Economic Forum’s next meeting in China.
More than 1,500 participants from 90 countries attended the meeting last year to share strategies and solutions and discuss global issues and risks. This year’s meeting is being held in Tianjin, September 11-13, and is focused on 'Creating the Future Economy'.
“We realise that there are many technologies out there working towards bringing more low carbon fuels into the global fuel pool, so we are immensely proud to have been selected by the judges as one of those on the front line,” said LanzaTech chief executive Jennifer Holmgren.
The Technology Pioneers programme started in 2000 and since then 400 innovative companies have been selected as part of it, including Technorati, Twitter and the WikiMedia Foundation.
This year 23 Technology Pioneers were selected from international nominations for their visionary leadership and proven technology in the areas of information technology, telecommunications and new media, life sciences and health, and energy and environment.
Silvia von Gunten, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum, says these companies are more than pioneering the way people use technology.
“They are transforming how we as a society are growing and interacting with each other,” she said. “They are also providing new opportunities for people to harness the potential of technology.”