The World Economic Forum today announced 47 Technology Pioneers for 2007. Mozilla has been selected as one of these Technology Pioneers. The Technology Pioneers were nominated by the world’s leading venture capital and technology companies. The final selection from 225 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum. Technology Pioneers 2007 are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland from 24-28 January 2007.
Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source products and technologies that improve the Internet experience for people everywhere. The award-winning Mozilla Firefox browser is the result of Mozilla’s highly-disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process that cultivates community-based innovation. Mitchell Baker, CEO and president of Mozilla Corp., will represent the Mozilla organization at this year’s conference. Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating the massive, worldwide collective of volunteers and employees who are breathing new life into the Internet.
“The competition to become a Technology Pioneer has been more intense than ever. It is evident that technology and innovation is playing a key role in the shifting power equation at a global level. Driving this shift is the tremendous amount of innovation taking place outside of traditionally hubs. The wide geographic spread of this year’s Technology Pioneers is a testament to this trend. We are pleased to welcome these exciting companies to our Community of Technology Pioneers, and look forward to engaging these industry leaders of the future into the community of the World Economic Forum”, said Peter Torreele, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum.
To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership, show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader – and its technology must be proven. Previous Technology Pioneers have included Autonomy, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Encore Software, Google, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Napster.