WASHINGTON – Global tech trade association ITI today announced the recipients of its 2021 Industry Awards, which recognizes industry leaders across five awards categories. Judged by a panel of renowned technology industry experts, award program submissions represent global innovations that improve lives. ITI congratulates Adobe, Autodesk, NetApp, Siemens, and Yahoo for their accomplishments.
“Consistent with ITI’s mission to promote innovation worldwide, these industry leaders exemplify how technology serves as a force for good. I am proud to honor the accomplishments of Adobe, Autodesk, NetApp, Siemens, and Yahoo in our second annual ITI Industry Awards Program,” said ITI President and CEO and President Jason Oxman.
ITI’s Industry Awards Program recognizes the many ways in which technology companies are improving the lives of people and communities across the globe, including addressing issues like climate change and furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion. The 2021 award recipients are listed below:
International Advocacy Award: Adobe
When India had an extremely severe second wave of Covid-19 earlier this year, Adobe took swift, decisive, and impactful action to help alleviate this crisis. Through donating oxygen concentrators, leading the cross-industry collaboration through the Steering Committee for the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, and procurement of vaccinations for employees and families in India, Adobe helped State and Central authorities of India manage the Covid-19 crisis.
Environmental Steward Award: Autodesk
Autodesk has enhanced its focus on the environment and sustainability – reducing its carbon footprint, driving digital transformations to help customers meet sustainability goals, and advocating for public policies to decrease carbon emissions, reduce waste, and improve energy efficiency. Autodesk provides customers in the manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries with technology that helps them make greener energy and materials choices and design, construct and manufacture more sustainable buildings, infrastructure, and products – reducing carbon emissions and waste.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award: NetApp
NetApp has invested in building a stronger talent pipeline across multiple industries and in communities in which they operate. NetApp launched the Community of Legal Innovators (CLI) program, in collaboration with Southern University Law Center (SULC) to empower young diverse law students to build their professional networks with other HBCU-participating students and potential employers across the Fortune 500 and global law firm community. As part of the CEO Action for Racial Equity program (CEOARE), NetApp has appointed a Racial Equity Fellow to focus on bridging the digital divide and expanding access to telehealth for communities.
Tech Impact Award: Siemens
Siemens works with government agencies to highlight and deepen understanding of the different processes and technologies to help inform industry guidance, develop regulatory science tools and standards to evaluate incoming submissions, and help prepare for potentially disruptive changes to design and production norms. In support of the FDA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats (OCET) advanced manufacturing program, Siemens will install and configure an advanced digital design and manufacturing showcase to demonstrate “the art of the possible” in creating digital twins and digital threads for many relevant medical device use cases across the total product lifecycle.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Yahoo
Yahoo has been committed to developing best-in-class programs and initiatives that further accessibility for people with disabilities. Their recently launched Accessibility Council serves as an ecosystem-wide effort to achieve best-in-class status on all aspects of accessibility for stakeholders with disabilities. Yahoo also created an Accessibility Oversight Group consisting of developers who are dedicated to remediating bugs to provide the highest quality of accessible programs and services.
ITI also congratulates Equinix, Fortinet, HPE, IBM, Oracle, Schneider Electric, and Twilio as honorable mentions in 2021.
The winners were selected by ITI’s 2021 Nominations Committee: Tim Regan, former Chair of ITI’s Board of Directors and former Senior Vice President at Corning; Hillary Brill, Principal and Founder, HTB Strategies and Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law Center's Institute for Technology Law & Policy; Alexandra Reeve Givens, President & CEO, Center For Democracy & Technology; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings; and Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute.