From a 3D printed vaccine patch to an electric truck, a seawater-powered lamp, and countless other bold innovations, the sixth annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are driving change, tackling issues from climate change to inequality, and so much more.
San Francisco, CA [May 3, 2022] — The winners of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises.
HereToday received an honorable mention in Fast Company’s On The Rise category. On The Rise companies are organizations that have been in business for less than four years, but in that period of time have achieved incredible impact in society. As an early-stage startup, HereToday is humbled by this award.
Closing a loved one’s estate and saying goodbye can be an emotional and difficult experience for everyone. HereToday offers a simple innovative tool that eases the burden placed upon an executor trying to understand an estate plan and relevant accounts. Prior to HereToday’s platform, an executor could typically spend 570 hours and up to 16 months to settle an estate; additionally, despite best efforts, 44% of families experience an estate conflict. By having documents and instructions in one highly secured application, an executor can quickly and efficiently close the estate. Plus, HereToday members can share their legacy through life stories, favorite recipes, heirlooms, music playlists, photos, and more with loved ones.
Now in its sixth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 39 winners, 350 finalists, and more than 600 honorable mentions—with climate, social justice, and AI and data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,997 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice, and more. In addition, several new categories have been added this year including climate, nature, water, and workplace. The 2022 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Australia.
Fast Company’s Summer 2022 issue (on newsstands May 10, 2022) will showcase some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling global challenges. The issues highlight, among others, probiotics for coral reefs, easy-to-assemble kit homes for refugees or disaster survivors, a 3D printed vaccine patch, an electric truck, a system to heat homes from the waste heat of a name-brand factory, and prosecutor-initiated resentencing for overly long prison sentences.
“The team is flattered to be nominated by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea. Our platform was built for families and preserving memories. We are a dedicated team solving one of life’s most challenging experiences, preparing a family for an end of life event; most importantly, we are helping preserve legacies” says Morgan Davies, Co-Founder and CEO of HereToday.
“We are consistently inspired by the novelty and creativity that people are applying to solve some of our society’s most pressing problems, from shelter to the climate crisis. Fast Company relishes its role in amplifying important, innovative work to address big challenges,” says David Lidsky, interim editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists have identified some of the most ingenious initiatives to launch since the start of 2021, which we hope will both have a meaningful impact and lead others to join in being part of the solution.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.