Here at IdeaScale, our purpose is to encourage innovative ideas in as many organizations as possible. We want to help our clients gain new ideas through crowdsourcing, and it feels great when they succeed. It feels even better when that success is recognized by a prestigious publication like Fast Company!
Several of our clients have recently landed on Fast Company’s list of The Most Innovative Companies of 2016 as winners of their category. We wanted to congratulate them and publicly thank them for letting IdeaScale play a part in their culture of innovation through crowdsourcing.
About the Fast Company Innovation Award
When Fast Company set about to find the 50 winners of the Innovative Company Award, the magazine’s reporters dug into the details of thousands of companies around the world. Fast Company believes that no matter what unrest may be going on in the marketplace, there are always companies putting forward extraordinary creativity and achievement. Those companies are what the Fast Company Innovative Company List is all about.
The rankings come after full evaluation from Fast Company’s editorial staff. While the exact ranking methodology is not disclosed, there’s no end of big names on the list. At the same time, the innovative organizations are not simply the ones with the highest revenue or profit margin. The top 50 for 2016 spans industries and sectors and includes companies of all sizes, including ones not well-known to the general public. From Amazon and Facebook to Alphabet and Black Lives Matter, true innovators of all shapes and sizes grace the Fast Company list.
IdeaScale Clients on the Fast Company Innovative Company List
At IdeaScale, our mission is to help our clients use crowdsourcing to maintain their creative and innovative edge. That’s why it’s so exciting for us to see our customers on this list of innovative companies. We’d like to recognize these three clients, and thank them for letting us be part of their culture of innovation.
John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. A winner in the Healthcare category, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory was founded in 1942 to help with WWII efforts. The core mission of the organization is to use innovative science and technology to assist with national security efforts. John Hopkins Laboratory was selected as a 2016 innovative company for its efforts on the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. This program coordinates the Applied Physics Laboratory with other John Hopkins departments, other universities, government agencies, and private firms to work together on developing next-level prosthetics.
A recent major breakthrough is the Modular Prosthetic Limb, the first prosthetic arm that a user can operate merely by thinking about moving it. There is a limited number available, and the Applied Physics Laboratory is actively working with industry partners to get the prosthetic limbs to those who need them.
UNICEF. UNICEF is a winner in the non-profit category for their “Unfairy Tales” initiative, which helps tell the stories of refugee children. UNICEF, which stands for United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, was founded in 1946 to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in nations that had been devastated in WWII. Unfairy Tales is an initiative that brings humanity to the story of refugees, especially refugee children. The three animated videos explain the true stories of children fleeing from their homelands and the horror they left behind. The purpose of Unfairy Tales is to show that children are children, no matter where they are from, and that every child deserves a chance to have a long, happy, and healthy life.
UNICEF hopes to engage audiences and help those in developed nations understand the plight of refugee families. They intend to produce additional animated videos to continue to share children’s stories.
NASA. NASA is a winner in the Space category for the ingenuity and innovation that allowed the New Horizons satellite to return clear, close pictures of Pluto. NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is a government agency responsible for the civilian space program, and aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, and since that time has launched scores of research and manned spaceflights.
Most recently, the New Horizons mission has been gathering well-deserved press. In July 2015, the satellite returned the very first clear, up-close pictures of Pluto. Scientists were stunned and delighted at the depth and detail in the images, which are the first fly-by pictures of Pluto ever sent back to earth.
We are delighted that our customers have won this prestigious award, and we look forward to continuing to help them and many other organizations remain on the cutting edge of innovation. To read more about how our customers use Ideascale visit our resource center today!