SAN MATEO, Calif., April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Neo4j, the leader in graph databases, announced today that its program, Graphs4Good: Building a Better World with Connected Data, received an honorable mention in the AI and Data category of Fast Company's2019 World Changing Ideas Awards.
The annual awards honor businesses, policies, projects and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. A panel of eminent judges selected winners, finalists and honorable mentions from a pool of more than 2,000 entries from across the globe. All finalists will be highlighted in the May issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands April 16.
Graphs4Good, a program launched by Neo4j in September 2018, is aimed at showcasing – and then supporting, encouraging and connecting others to – graph-powered projects that effect positive social change and take on some of the world's toughest challenges.
Emil Eifrem, CEO and founder at Neo4j, spoke to how the Neo4j community has been using graph technology to address some of society's most pressing problems: climate change, disease, gender inequality, political corruption and critical threats to homeland security.
"Whether working at non-profits, government agencies, newsrooms or research labs, these changemakers in the Neo4j community are tapping into connected data to make the world a better place," said Eifrem. "As individuals or even disparate global teams, the people we partner with are taking on enormous challenges with limited resources and tight or non-existent budgets. Yet, they persist in their work – investigating shady political and business connections, unwinding tangled webs of illegal activity, modeling the molecules that wreak havoc on the human body (alongside those that heal it) and mapping our course to the stars. Their efforts inspire our whole team and we're excited to watch the continuing positive impact of graph technology on humanity and the world."
This award comes on the heels of Neo4j announcing the expansion of its Startup Program, which extends free access to Neo4j Enterprise Edition for startups with up to 50 employees and $3 million in annual revenue. The program makes graph technology available for early initiatives intent on finding meaningful insights in their connected data to transform the future.
About the World Changing Ideas Awards
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company's major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
Neo4j is the leading graph database platform that drives innovation and competitive advantage at Airbus, Comcast, eBay, NASA, UBS, Walmart and more. Thousands of community deployments and more than 300 customers harness connected data with Neo4j to reveal how people, processes, locations and systems are interrelated. Using this relationships-first approach, applications built using Neo4j tackle connected data challenges including artificial intelligence, fraud detection, real-time recommendations and master data. Find out more at neo4j.com.
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