NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Newsweek today announced the recipients of its first-ever Blockchain Impact Awards, which recognize entrepreneurs and enterprises that are developing blockchain applications to accomplish a social good. The winners of this year's awards are SimplyVital Health, Bitlumens, Chronicled, Prescrypto and Grassroots Economics.
"Blockchain is transforming our day-to-day experiences in ways inconceivable just a few years ago," said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. "Through the work of these enterprising visionaries, we see how this emerging technology can be applied to healthcare, electricity, global trade and currency exchanges, improving communities around the globe. We're excited to spotlight the promise of this impressive, disruptive concept – drawing on Newsweek's nearly century-long heritage of covering the forces and movements that shape the world."
"With cryptocurrencies crashing, this special edition may seem like an odd moment to celebrate the promise of blockchain," said Dayan Candappa, Chief Strategy Officer of Newsweek. "But our honorees show that there is a great deal more to blockchain. These awards, unanimously agreed upon by a council of blockchain experts and Newsweek editors, recognize leaders who are helping resettle refugees, improving access to electricity and health care, and creating fairer markets. In their enterprising hands, we see blockchain's enormous potential for good."
The global panel of Newsweek editors and blockchain leaders who selected the winners include:
- Amber Baldet, Co-Founder and CEO of Clovyr, a company reshaping how businesses connect to each other and the world's data
- Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of the Bancor Protocol, a standard for the creation of Smart Tokens™, cryptocurrencies with built-in convertibility directly through their smart contracts.
- Dayan Candappa, Chief Strategy Officer of Newsweek
- Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek
- Christopher Fabian, Co-Founder of UNICEF's Innovation Unit and UNICEF Ventures, the first fund of its kind in the United Nations, to use a venture capital approach to invest in startups working on frontier technologies
- Alanna Gombert, CEO of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), an advocacy group formed in Davos in 2018 for Distributed Ledger Technology
- Fred Guterl, Special Projects Editor of Newsweek
- Dr. John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess System, a network of more than 100 highly-skilled primary care physicians and specialists
- Saul Hudson, Managing Partner at Angle4, a blockchain communications advisory propelling clients to their fund-raising and general business goals.
- Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead for Blockchain at the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Juliana Pignataro, Multimedia Projects Editor and National News Editor for Newsweek
For the full list of nominees, visit: www.newsweek.com/blockchain-impact-awards-nominees-2019.
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