Airside Awarded as Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

Airside Mobile Technology Pioneer World Economic Forum
  • The World Economic Forum announced its selection of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021 – companies that are shaping industries from healthcare to retail and many more.
  • This year’s cohort of Pioneers represent 26 economies on six continents with reach far beyond traditional tech hubs.
  • Airside, which builds technology trusted by the U.S. government and loved by millions of people, was selected due to its contributions in the field of digital identity management.
  • The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.

Herndon, Virginia, USA, 15 June, 2021Airside, the company that empowers people and businesses to verify, share, and manage digital identities, was selected among a global slate of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Airside is known for its award-winning mobile applications: the Airside Mobile Passport App for U.S. customs and passport control and the Airside Digital Identity App for travel and tourism, e-commerce, financial services, and anytime identity authentication is needed, whether physically or virtually.

World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world involved in the use of new technologies and innovation and poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

With their selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Amena Ali of Airside will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Airside will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

“We’re excited to welcome Airside to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Airside and its fellow pioneers are developing technologies that can help society solve some of its most pressing issues. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”

“It is an honor to be selected as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum,” says Airside’s CEO Amena Ali. “Verifying and sharing identity is a core need for business and society. Doing so conveniently and transparently with a privacy-first design that is mobile and reusable drives economic value and positive change.”

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. The firms come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. This year’s cohort includes start-ups from 26 countries, with UAE, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time.

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. 2021 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, Digital Identity, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here.

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About Airside:

Airside builds secure and convenient digital identity technology in a manner that protects personal information and meets privacy regulations around the world. With Airside’s products and services, people are empowered to control their personal information with transparent consent protocols, and businesses can protect against fraud, reduce the burden of complying with privacy regulations and ensure a duty-of-care by appropriately managing sensitive information. Airside’s first product, Airside Mobile Passport, has been used more than 12 million times and is counted on by more than 30 U.S. airports and cruise ports to reduce shared touchpoints, long lines, and crowding. Learn more at:

About World Economic Forum:

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (

About the Technology Pioneers:

The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of 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.

The World Economic Forum provides the Technology Pioneers community with a platform to engage with the public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.

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