(Ping! Zine) – OpenDNS announced today that the World Economic Forum has selected it as a 2011 Technology Pioneer. The award represents the highest possible honor from the World Economic Forum and past winners include Google, PayPal, Twitter Mint and Mozilla. CEO David Ulevitch, along with CEOs of other winning companies, will attend the annual Davos conference in 2011 as an invited guest.
To be selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a company must be involved in the development of a major technology and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership and show all the signs of being a long-standing and sustainable market leader – and its technology must be proven.
“To be honored by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer is a tremendous honor,” said David Ulevtich, OpenDNS CEO. “When we launched the service in 2006 our singular goal was to improve the Internet through a better DNS service. Today, as when we started, we remain focused on innovation and delivering a safer, faster, smarter and more reliable Internet experience to our millions of users around the world.”
This year, the honorees the Forum named had the widest range ever of country of origin: Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Over half of the Technology Pioneers are from the United States, underscoring the country’s position as a leading incubator for innovation.
Other 2011 Technology Pioneers include foursquare and Spotify. The entire list of Technology Pioneers, with profiles and selected video interviews with the companies’ CEOs, Founders and Chief Scientists, can be found at http://www.weforum.org/techpioneers.
“The World Economic Forum is proud to recognize an outstanding group of innovative companies as Technology Pioneers for 2011,” said André Schneider, managing director and chief operating officer of the World Economic Forum. “Their technologies and business models will have a durable and valuable effect in several industries and society as a whole. We look forward to their unique contributions to the mission of the Forum: improving the state of the world.”