The Economist’s Innovation Awards took place on December 3rd at BAFTA. Watch the ceremony and hear these great inventors tell their inspirational stories.
We celebrated the people who have changed the game and the twists and turns of ideation and creation. On the night we acclaimed the innovations that has transformed the world we live in.
WHEN WAS THE EVENT?
On December 3rd 2013 an audience of 200 guests attended, comprising of leading figures from business, academia, science, R&D and government for the presentation of our awards at the BAFTA Theatre, Piccadilly, London.
The ceremony was broadcasted live on the day to desktops, tablets and mobiles. If you missed out or simply want to relive the evening then watch the on-demand video.
Our awards celebrate outstanding innovators in the following categories:
Includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agriculture
SPONSORED BY: ASTELLAS PHARMA EUROPE
COMPUTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Includes hardware, software, security, telecommunications
SPONSORED BY: HUAWEI
May include the product or design in support of a product
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Includes green technologies, utilities and transportation
Technology-based products or services that don’t fit neatly into any of the above categories (this includes materials science, nanotechnology and other emerging fields, e.g. blue-violet laser)
PROCESS AND SERVICE INNOVATION
Enabling compounds, products, technologies or methodologies which underpin product discovery, design, or manufacturing, as well as fulfillment processes in business and education
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INNOVATION
Novel technologies and business models that improve everyday lives (e.g. microcredit)
THE CORPORATE AWARD
For corporate use of innovation: Nominations submitted by the judging panel only.
Tim Bauer, Nathan Lorenz and Bryan Willson, Systems for improving indoor air quality in the developing world
Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
Chuck Hull and Bre Pettis, Pioneering and popularising 3D printing
Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, The ARM processor
Colin Angle, Advances in practical robotics
Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty and Linus Liang, Inexpensive incubator for premature babies
James Allison, Immune checkpoint blockade for treatment of cancer
We have handed out awards to some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators, scientists and innovators.
People who have changed the game. Those who sow the seeds of an idea and nurture them into the innovations that we incorporate into our everyday lives. This year we celebrate the twists and turns of ideation and creation — the stories behind these great innovators.
Among the host of leading innovators celebrated at last year’s Innovation Awards were the brains behind modern maps, anti-cancer drugs and private spaceflight. The awards, sponsored by Huawei and Astellas, recognise significant contributions across eight fields ranging from business processes to environmental technology.