From a cleaner freight train to an automated beehive, a way to recycle fabric, and other bold, new technologies, the fifth annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.
The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World-Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice or economic inequality.
DailyPay received an honorable mention in the “On the Rise” category, which is for companies that have been in business for less than four years. DailyPay’s Digital Wallet Solution is revolutionizing the way American workers get paid by giving them access to on-demand pay. DailyPay’s financial technology platform was designed to help create a financial system that works for everyone by giving employees access to wages as they earn them. DailyPay is the gold-standard on-demand pay provider, determined to improve the quality of life for its clients and their employees.
Now in its fifth year, the World-Changing Ideas Awards showcased 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions — with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.
Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue will be on newsstands May 10th. It highlights, among others: a lifesaving bassinet, the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete, 3D-printed schools, an at-home COVID-19 testing kit, a mobile voting app and the world’s cleanest milk.
“We were thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention for our ‘On the Rise’ World-Changing Idea beside these other innovators,” said DailyPay CEO, Jason Lee. “We work tirelessly to ensure that our financial technology platform is optimized to serve as many American workers as possible and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”
“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability and passion to solve these problems. Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”
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 the goals 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.