Ghana’s Bright Simons has been named in a list of 35 top young innovators in the world.
The MIT Technology Review, a global media company, has for over a decade recognized talented technologists whose innovations have changed the world in no small way.
For his work in the field of telecommunications, the mPedigree Network’s Bright Simons has been honored as an outstanding entrepreneur on the list.
The Ghanaian invented a method for using basic SMS technology over mobile networks to secure the supply chain of health-impacting products, and to protect consumers from the dangers of fake products, like medicines, by making it possible for consumers to verify the authenticity of the product with a basic text message.
Initially invented for use in the organic produce trade, the technology now lies at the heart of a whole new industry of mobile authentication, benefitting millions of consumers on multiple continents.
‘Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing women and men whose innovations and companies have been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,’ says editor in chief and publisher, Jason Pontin.
‘Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Bright to this prestigious list.’
This year’s honorees will be featured online at technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 3. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference from October 9-11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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