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Callsign named as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum


LONDON, July 1, 2019 – Callsign, a London-based company at the forefront of the identity revolution, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Callsign securely transforms the experience of online identification to make sure someone really is who they say they are. By combining data intelligence with real-time understanding, Callsign makes online identification seamless for people, plus secure and efficient for organisations.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

This year’s Tech Pioneers are emerging innovators from a diverse set of industries. These firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The focus areas of this year’s Tech Pioneers include: agtech, smart cities, cleantech, supply chain, manufacturing, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles and drones. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as 25% of 2019 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from many different regions beyond the United States and Silicon Valley. In fact, this year’s class of 56 firms represent every continent except Antarctica. The full list of technology pioneers can be found here.

Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Zia Hayat of Callsign will be participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. This meeting, also dubbed “Summer Davos” will be held in Dalian, China, July 1-3. Many Pioneers will also attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2020, and continue to contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years.

“We’re excited to welcome Callsign to this year’s innovative class of technology pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Callsign and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come.”

“It’s a fantastic privilege to be recognised as pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Callsign’s CEO, Zia Hayat. “One’s identity should be a human right, yet as more of our lives take place in digital environments, the potential for our identity to be abused is growing. When I first set up the company it was my ambition to tackle this issue head-on, helping people’s day-to-day lives flow without interruption. This accolade proves that we are well on the way to achieving this goal, and we hope that our future involvement in the Forum will help make significant headway in the drive to establish a platform for good digital identity on a global scale.”

The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 59 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

All info on 2019’s Technology Pioneers can be found here:

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