The WorldFestival 2021 Innovation Awards program is the largest worldwide awards competition identifying and recognizing global innovation, with 1,000+ startups, companies, and organizations competing online in the Community Voting round, and evaluated by our industry-expert Judging Committee, all leading up to WorldFestival 2021 (August 17-19, 2021).
Who is Judging?
WorldFestival organizes 150+ judges on the Judging Committee for the WorldFestival Innovation Awards, including Venture Capitalists, Angel investors, Corporate Executives, Tech Media & Press, and leading speakers. Our past startup competitions have hosted judges from NEA, Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and more. View Full Judging Committee
How to nominate your innovation:
The World Festival Innovation Awards recognize the top 1,000+ innovations in the world this year. There are two tracks for awards: The WorldFestival Startup Awards, and the WorldFestival Innovation Awards. View the rules here to see what you qualify for.
Are you a Technology Startup?
Are you a Company/Organization with a Technology?
3D Printing & Manufacturing
3D Printing & Manufacturing includes 3D printing software and machinery, 3D design and fabrication techniques, general manufacturing machinery innovation, and product distribution supply chains.
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning innovation includes ML frameworks and libraries, neural networks, deep learning, data science technologies, algorithms, AI cloud services, AI management software, AI for security, as well as natural language processing and chatbots.
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency innovation includes technology applications for bitcoin, ethereum, blockchain protocols, cryptocurrency payment processing and marketplaces, blockchain solutions for business / industry, decentralized ledgers / finances, and new decentralized application platforms.
Business & Workplace
Business & workplace innovation includes: Business management software, SaaS tools and services, sales & marketing technologies, digital advertising, customer intelligence, social media marketing, sales management software, sales analytics & optimization, productivity, management, HR innovation includes project management, HR workflow & optimization, team communication & collaboration, and hiring / recruiting technologies.
Cloud Computing innovation includes containers and kubernetes, cloud architecture, DevOps management, microservices & serverless architectures, and cloud native vs. hybrd cloud technologies.
Dev Innovation includes: APIs, developer tools and technologies, programming languages and frameworks, cloud development services, code collaboration and management, bug tracking and code security.
Education & Career
Education & Career innovation includes digital & mobile education applications, course and education management, artificial intelligence & adaptive learning, career and training management, and professional development technologies.
Family & Lifestyle
Family & lifestyle innovation includes any consumer tech products, for example: web and mobile family service applications, family communication and media technologies, and travel technologies including web and mobile travel applications, travel management, and travel social networks / review sites.
Finance & Analytics
Finance & Analytics innovation includes financial management software, business analytics software, payment processing technologies, investment software, and financial marketplaces & trading technologies.
Gaming, VR & AR
Gaming, VR & AR includes new computer games, video games, mobile games, emerging gaming consoles and systems, game development technologies, as well as virtual reality / augmented reality hardware, software, and games.
Health, Wellness & Fitness
Health, Wellness & Fitness innovation includes personal health web and mobile applicaitons, doctor and patient communication, medical records management, holistic wellness web and mobile apps, and wellness practice management.
Mobile, IoT, Devices
Mobile, 5G, Communications innovation includes new mobile devices, smart phone software and hardware, mobile application development technologies and languages, 5G software and hardware, and communications technologies.
Retail & Ecommerce
Retail & Ecommerce innovation includes web & mobile shopping, ecommerce technologies, connected retail software and hardware, digital fashion shopping & technologies, and customer intelligence / predictive analytics.
Robotics & Drones
Robotics & Drones innovation includes household / consumer robotics, industrial robotics, robotics design and development, as well as quadcopter innovation and industrial drone hardware and software.
Smart Homes & Smart Cars
Smart Homes & Smart Cars includes: Smart kitchens and appliances, home security, connected home audio / video systems, connected home mobile apps and web apps, the newest cars and road vehicles, smart car software and technologies, connected car web and mobile apps, self-driving car technologies, and artificial intelligence for automobiles.
World Impact & Environment
World Impact & Environment includes: Social impact software and technologies, community and city technologies, breakthrough and disruptive technologies, solar and alternative energy technologies, smart grid solutions, clean tech, csensors / connected environments, and environmental management solutions.
- Startup Award nominees must have raised less than $10 million in funding (or have less than $10 million in revenues), have fewer than 30 employees, and be less than 10 years old.
- Your startup or technology must be launched (not stealth), must have traction (customers and/or funding), must be a technology product/solution, and must have a clearly communicated customer value proposition.
Innovation Awards (Companies/Organizations)
- Innovation Award nominees must have a technology or product/solution that has been launched in the last 5 years, and the parent company/organization has at least $10 million in funding (or at least $10 million in revenues), and has more than 30 employees.
- Your technology must be launched (not stealth), must have traction (customers), must be a technology product/solution, and must have a clearly communicated customer value proposition.
May 21, 2021
Award Entries Published
May 21, 2021
Crowd Voting Begins, Contact us here when you are ready to invite your community to vote, and we will provide you the instructions
August 4, 2021
August 6, 2021
Committee Voting Begins
August 10, 2021
Crowd Voting Ends
August 10, 2021
Committee Voting Ends
August 12, 2021
Notify Top 50 Startups & Top 50 Innovations
August 18-19, 2021
Top 50 Startups pitches on virtual stage
2021 Judging Committee
Dr. Andreas Berger
Wintershall Dea Technology Ventures
Senior Officer, Sustainability
Head of Corporate & Brand Partnerships
Wing Venture Capital
William Chernicoff, PhD
Senior Manager – Global Research & Innovation
Lockheed Martin Ventures
President & CEO
ABC DREAM VENTURES
Associate Portfolio Manager
Innovation Advisory – Head of the Americas
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Veronika Kuznetsova, CFA
Director, Innovation & Strategy
VP Innovation lab
Head of Partnerships
Head of Innovation Culture & Communication Strategy
Corporate Venturing Expert & Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center
World Economic Forum & IESE Business School
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Global Marketing Executive
Global Head AI Technology & Innovation
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