The World Economic Forum Awards Emerge, a Metaverse Company, Technology Pioneer Distinction

Emerge, a social virtual connection company that recently launched its first product that brings touch and emotion to the Metaverse, was selected by the World Economic Forum amongst the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2022. Emerge was founded in 2015 by co-founders Isaac Castro, Sly Spencer Lee, and Mauricio Teran; and has built a unique technology platform with granted patents that includes an ultrasound sensor innovation, as well as having launched its first consumer product that enables people to feel connected over distance through ‘bare hands’ tactile immersive experiences.

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

With their recognition of being a Technology Pioneer, Emerge Co-founder and Co-CEO Isaac Castro will be invited to participate in World Economic Forum activities, events, and discussions throughout the year. Emerge 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 Emerge to our 2022 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum. “Emerge and its fellow pioneers are at the forefront of industries that are critical to solving some of our world’s most complex issues today. 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 be acknowledged as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Emerge Co-founder and Co-CEO, Sly Lee. “It is a great recognition of the immense efforts our team has put into developing a unique technology and product that we hope can make a meaningful impact in the lives of people. We are excited to explore how we can better connect, play, and express emotions in the metaverse.”

For the first time, over one-third of selected Technology Pioneer firms are led by women, well above the industry average. The firms also come from regions all around the world, creating a truly global community. This year’s cohort includes start-ups from 30 countries, with VietnamRwanda and Czech Republic represented for the first time.

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. This year’s Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology, and many more.

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