Boston, [May 3, 2022] — The winners of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises.
Selected by Fast Company’s panel of judges which included leaders from Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and more, Tomorrow.io’s multi-sensor weather satellite constellation was the project selected as a world changing idea within the climate category with an honorable mention. The goal of Tomorrow.io’s space mission is to improve global forecasting capabilities by launching a first-of-its-kind, commercial weather satellite constellation equipped with radars and microwave sounders. Upon completion, Tomorrow.io’s space program will democratize access to global weather forecasting and enable organizations to prepare for and mitigate the business impact of weather. Adding to the momentum of the program, Tomorrow.io also announced a $20M satellite contract with the United States Airforce last year to fund and support Tomorrow.io’s space mission, and recently unveiled early details for its cooperative research and development agreement with NOAA as part of an Earth Science Research Collaborative to analyze data provided by Tomorrow.io’s weather satellites.
Now in its sixth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 39 winners, 350 finalists, and more than 600 honorable mentions—with climate, social justice, and AI and data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,997 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice, and more. In addition, several new categories have been added this year including climate, nature, water, and workplace. The 2022 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Australia.
Fast Company’s Summer 2022 issue (on newsstands May 10, 2022) will showcase some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling global challenges. The issues highlight, among others, probiotics for coral reefs, easy-to-assemble kit homes for refugees or disaster survivors, a 3D printed vaccine patch, an electric truck, a system to heat homes from the waste heat of a name-brand factory, and prosecutor-initiated resentencing for overly long prison sentences.
“We are making tremendous progress towards launching our first satellites in our mission to help close the global weather forecasting gap affecting more than 5 billion people currently living outside of reliable radar coverage,” said John Springmann, VP of Space and Sensors at Tomorrow.io. “With our recent announcement of further expanding the scope and capabilities of the constellation to include both radars and microwave sounders, the multi-sensor system will enable an endless number of exciting possibilities for businesses, cities, governments and beyond.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards:
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
Tomorrow.io is the world’s leading Weather and Climate Security Platform, equipping humanity with the weather intelligence needed to thrive and adapt in an era of climate crisis. Through predictive and actionable insights, teams adapt to any weather-related challenge at scale both in real-time and in advance of business impact. Customers including Uber, Delta, National Grid, and more use Tomorrow.io to significantly improve operational efficiency, automate risk management and customize resiliency plans to meet sustainability goals. To learn more, please go to: www.tomorrow.io
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