Mapillary creates street-level photomaps of the world by stitching together crowdsourced images with computer vision. The company also employs machine learning capabilities to recognize objects like street signs in photos in order to extract data for urban planning and other uses.
Mapillary was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 30 selected companies. Thanks to its selection, it will have access to an influential and sought-after business and political network worldwide.
"We welcome Mapillary in this group of extraordinary pioneers," said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. "Mapillary is among those companies that help shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Through the platform of the World Economic Forum, it will be able to scale and share its technology and achieve a larger impact."
"It's great to be recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum," Mapillary CEO Jan Erik Solem said. "This award will help us continue our mission to change the way the world is mapped by giving people everywhere the power to capture their local environments."
The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Airbnb (2013).
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