Hardware Trailblazer

Taking hardware to market is difficult, some might even say hard. Our Hardware Trailblazer award recognises ventures on the journey of taking successfully launching new hardware. We focus on excellence, passion, creativity. perseverance  and impact - recognising progress at all stages of the product development cycle.

Great hardware starts with a sketch, puts the user at the center of the design, requires many iterations of prototyping and lots of perseverance. You just don't ship 1 million units overnight you know (and then just when you did, you also need the service, maintenance and repair networks in place). And fundraising? Show me an investor that understands the patience, scale and complexity of scaling hardware for social impact!

Women Leading in Technology and Impact

For many years women have been the force driving technology and impact across a variety technological sectors, from Energy to ICTs. This award is meant to celebrate and recognize the work of these women that have driven technology and impact in their organizations for years.

Applaud women who have excelled in performance and contribution to social impact through sheer hard work, grit, and determination. This award is a celebration of their journey and their success in an emerging sector.

Connecting the Unconnected

Around 47% of  the world population today has access to Internet leaving almost 4 billion people unconnected. There are many organizations trying to come up with innovative and cutting edge solutions to bridge that gap. From offgrid solutions like  balloons from Google to offline solutions like Rachel from World possible, both private and public sector are innovating to bridge the infrastructure gap present in some parts of the world. There are also organizations that have worked for many years to built up the infrastructure in emergency settings like Inveneo during the Ebola outbreak. This award celebrates organizations that are devoted to connecting the unconnected building up both infrastructure or alternatives solutions.

Companies Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Achieving the SDGs requires support of organizations that understand and value the potential of technology-based solutions. Investing in impact means committing to patient capital, evolving sector understanding and disciplined evaluation. This award celebrates the dedication and progressive agenda of companies that are committed to engineering a better future for all through industry contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

2018 People's Choice

Celebrating the best and brightest in the global development engineering space. The People’s Choice Award holds you, our community, in mind. It’s the only IE award that you choose. Here’s a chance for you to show your love and support for leaders in our space. Voting to open in September.




Hardware Trailblazer

Winners: Krista Donaldson on behalf of D-REV & 2017 ISHOW Global Winner

Women Leading in Technology and Impact

Winners: Elaine Weidman, Ericsson; Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation &Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant; Convener: Tech Salon NYC and MERL Tech

Connecting the Unconnected

Winners: Inveneo, World Possible & Google

Corporate Philanthropy Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Winner: Siemens Stiftung