Forbes Technology Awards 2020: Geeks Step Up When Governments Fail @Forbes by @HelenASPopkin

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Forbes Technology Awards 2020: Geeks Step Up When Governments Fail

Our inaugural Forbes Technology Awards recognize the best products, the industry’s most intriguing people and the most innovative companies from a year when a whole new set of tools and apps simultaneously became indispensable and incomprehensible.

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Most Disruptive Innovator: Makers
“In early 2020, there was no PPE; there were no masks, no face shields, or fast-track medical devices/sensors, which were needed as the pandemic started and surged,” says Ada Fried, CEO and founder of Adafruit, a popular retailer for electronics hobbyists based in New York City that also has a large online learning platform. Before Apple and Nike turned their resources to PPE supplies, it was these hobbyists and independent 3D-printing companies that organized the resupply of frontline workers in communities across the United States facing dwindling stockpiles. “With 3D printers, open-source designs and manufacturing in the U.S., millions of pieces of PPE were delivered to medical staff,” says Fried.

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