Horizon State joins Google, Dropbox and Spotify as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers

Eloise Skella
Horizon State
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3 min readJun 21, 2018


Horizon State has been named as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer for 2018

MELBOURNE, 21 June, 2018Horizon State, the Australian blockchain company developing a community empowerment platform, was selected from hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “technology pioneers” for 2018.

Secured by blockchain, the platform offers government and enterprise the ability to cultivate clear collective decisions with efficiency, perfect accountability, frictionless trust and new levels of transparency. The platform allows tapping into the collective wisdom of communities by identifying and allowing individual voices to be heard.

Founded in 2017, the company has already formed several high-profile partnerships in Indonesia and is due to roll out its platform in stages throughout multiple regions in the latter half of the year.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community includes early-stage companies from all over the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

This year’s cohort is the most diverse ever, both geographically and in terms of gender: 25% are female-led, and a majority (54%) come from regions outside the United States, with every continent represented, barring Antarctica. There is also a wide variety in the technologies the pioneers focus on. These include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT), biotechnology, Blockchain, autonomous vehicles, cyber security, vertical farming and other agricultural advances, decentralised microgrids and robotics. The full list of technology pioneers can be found here.

Following Horizon State’s selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Oren Alazraki will be participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. This meeting, also dubbed ‘Summer Davos’ will be held in Tianjin, China, September 18–20. Alazraki, together with Horizon State’s CTO Nimo Naamani, will also attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2019, and continue to contribute to Forum initiatives over the course of the next two years.

“We welcome Horizon State in this diverse group of technology pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. She added —

“Horizon State and its fellow pioneers are front and centre in shaping the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution and we believe they will be transforming society and industry in a positive way in the years to come.”

“It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Alazraki. “It is recognition that our technology has incredible potential to revolutionise community life around the world by offering organisations a new way to engage people, collaborate and deliberate on the shared matters that affect us all. We are truly honoured at the opportunity this global recognition provides us.”

The Technology Pioneers were chosen by a selection committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers18

More information on past winners can be found here.

About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).