The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality. SingleStore, the unified database for fast analytics, received an honorable mention in the AI and data category for its work with Thorn, which uses SingleStore to leverage data to find trafficked children faster.
“There’s no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability and passion to solve these problems,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”
“It is an honor to be part of Thorn’s fight against human trafficking,” said SingleStore CEO Raj Verma. “We thank Fast Company for recognizing our work in this important arena.”
The SingleStore unified database enables fast analytics on any data, anywhere, to support organizations’ analytics and customer experiences. This distributed SQL database supports transactions and analytics; handles structured, unstructured and semi-structured data; and works in public clouds, on-premises environments and hybrid deployments.
Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 worldwide entries across transportation, education, food, politics and technology.
From a cleaner freight train to an automated beehive; from a lifesaving bassinet to 3D-printed schools, an at-home COVID-19 testing kit, a mobile voting app and the world’s cleanest milk, the awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet. Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) will showcase these inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges.
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.
SingleStore is dedicated to helping businesses adapt more quickly, embrace diverse data, and accelerate digital innovation by operationalizing all data through one platform for all of their moments that matter. These capabilities are provided as a service on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Red Hat and through your own deployments with SingleStore Managed Service and SingleStore DB. Visit www.singlestore.com or follow us @SingleStoreDB.