Post by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.
The three $1 million winners of the first Verizon Powerful Answers Award were revealed today by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The prize amounts for the other 12 winners, who each took home between $850,000 and $285,000, were also announced.
TinyTap, based in Israel and the top prize winner in the education category, is simplifying app development and creating the world’s first user-generated content (UGC) educational app store. Smart Vision Labs, of New York City, the top prize winner in the healthcare category, is creating a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions, all without patient interaction. Mosaic of Oakland, Calif., the top prize winner in the sustainability category, is creating an online platform for individuals to invest in clean energy projects.
"The winners of the Powerful Answers Award show what happens when the passion of technology entrepreneurs meets the power of our mobile and broadband networks,” said McAdam. "We are so inspired by these visionary people and their life-changing innovations. We can't wait to see what they do next."
McAdam also announced that the company will continue the Powerful Answers Award program in 2014.
The winners are:
When Verizon announced its Powerful Answers Award contest nearly a year ago, the company challenged innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that would leverage Verizon’s cloud, broadband and wireless networks to deliver great solutions and social good. In addition to the cash, the winners are connected to a wide variety of network, business development and marketing experts across Verizon to explore ongoing collaborations.
Photo Credit: LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Verizon Powerful Answers winners Mosaic Inc. CEO Dan Rosen, TinyTap CEO Yogev Shelly, and Smart Vision Labs Co-Founder Yaopeng Zhou appear on stage during the Verizon at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Verizon Wireless)
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