The winners of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to flattening the curve when it comes to the climate crisis, social injustice, or economic inequality.
Digital Reasoning was named as an honorable mention in the category of “AI and Data” for our work to accelerate patient care by leveraging Artificial Intelligence to identify, prioritize, and triage cancer diagnoses faster than was previously imaginable. Through our partnership with HCA Healthcare, we are able to get 1 out of every 10 cancer patients in the U.S. to cancer treatment faster.
Now in its fourth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 26 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 500 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, Corporate Social Responsibility, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more.
The 2020 World Changing Company of the Year is Abbott, for a range of devices and projects to improve global health—from a new implant to keep babies’ hearts healthy, to fighting malaria, to advancing the careers of underrepresented people in STEM. Additional honorees include hunger-fighting nonprofit Food Rescue Hero, 3D-printing housing builder Icon, carbon-tracking nonprofit Climate Neutral, broadband provider Viasat, and several other game-changing companies in industries ranging from healthcare to disability empowerment to cleaner transportation. The 2020 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Vancouver to Singapore to Tel Aviv.
Illustrating how some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies are addressing grave global challenges, Fast Company’s May/June issue celebrates, among others, an electric engine for airplanes that eliminates emissions from flights—and expensive fuel from the tricky financial calculus of the airline industry; a solar-powered refrigerator that finally frees people in remote villages from daily treks to distant markets, transforming the economics of those households; an online marketplace that connects food companies with farms to buy ugly and surplus produce to fight waste; and an initiative to offset all of the carbon costs of shipping, creating a new model for e-commerce sustainability.
“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.