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Numina Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

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  • 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 includes representation from 26 economies on six continents with reach far beyond traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley.
  • Numina, which takes a completely Privacy-by-Design approach to measuring how pedestrians, bicycles, different types of vehicles, and other street objects move in the public realm, was selected for its contributions in the field of ethical AI and climate-forward urban planning.
  • The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.

Brooklyn, New York, 15 June, 2021Numina, the Brooklyn-based company that makes a computer vision-based sensor to measure what, where, when, and how things move through streets, sidewalks, parks, plazas, and other shared open spaces, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers.” Committed to providing Intelligence without Surveillance, Numina was founded by Tara Pham and is the first system of its kind, purpose-built to deploy in streets and anonymously detect “desire lines” (actual paths traveled) of street users. Because its product never collects Personally Identifiable Information, Numina-collected multimodal transportation behaviors are safe to share among planners, facilities managers, and app developers.

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

With their selection as Technology Pioneer, Numina’s CEO, Tara Pham, will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Numina 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 Numina to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Numina 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.”

“We’re honored to join the World Economic Forum’s prestigious Technology Pioneers program, following so many amazing and groundbreaking companies before us,” said Numina CEO Tara Pham. “We’re excited to see World Economic Forum recognize the global urgency for our mission of supporting more accessible, equitable, and responsive cities, and we look forward to learning from technology’s brightest minds across sectors, as we each confront the world’s pressing challenges around climate, social equity, and ever-accelerating but unevenly distributed technologies.”

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. The firms also 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, 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 at More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About Numina: Numina’s mission is to empower cities with data to become more responsive and more equitable. Numina uses computer vision to measure all kinds of street-level activity and makes unprecedented intelligence available for urban planners, facilities managers, mobility operators, and real estate developers. Numina shows the volumes, paths, dwell times, and other behaviors of pedestrians, bicycles, different types of vehicles, dogs, bags of trash, you-name-it — all immediately digestible in digital formats, making streets queryable and turning the physical world into a developer platform. To date, Numina has deployed in more than 25 cities on 3 continents, with customers from all levels of local government, private real estate, major universities, and Fortune 500.

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.