Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is the founder of the 5th most popular website in the world—Wikipedia. Wikipedia revolutionized the rather drab and monotonous presentation of facts by archaic encyclopedias. Rather than limiting the source of information to only come from experts, Jimmy Wales created a community where people can contribute to topics they are passionate about. He could have earned billions but he chose to make Wikipedia free and rely on donations. One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World" in the "Scientists & Thinkers" section, Jimmy proves that something good can be derived from the Internet.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was more popularly known as Daniel Schmitt, is a technology activist who was most famous for being the spokesperson for WikiLeaks, an international whistle blower organization that is based in Germany, until he left in 2010 to start his own organization, OpenLeaks.
Timothy Hwang is a young businessman, philanthropist, entrepreneur and politician who is most popular for founding the National Youth Association, a nationwide organization in the United States that focuses on youth advocacy; the National Youth Lobby: and FiscalNote, a highly-ranked data analytics firm. What is so amazing about him is that he established these organizations and businesses at a young age, and is currently named as a rising star in politics in the United States.
Jared Cohen is the 30-something director of Google Ideas, the largest search engine’s think/do-tank. He is a visionary among visionaries, foreseeing a world where technology plays a big part in governance and diplomacy. Young as he is, Jared was given a critical post during President George W. Bush’s tenure under the mentorship of then-Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Jared was one of the few staff members retained when Hillary Clinton succeeded Condoleezza during President Barack Obama’s presidency. While in government, he pioneered technology delegations and taught the White House to leverage technology in diplomacy and international relations.
Ai-jen Poo has been the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) since 2010. She co-founded Domestic Workers United (DWU) in 2000 to mobilize domestic workers and educate them about their rights. Recognized as one of the most successful organizers of this generation, Ai-jen's work in the DWU has seen the passage of the legendary Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010 that gave 200,000 domestic workers in New York City basic labor protection such as minimum wage, health benefits, and paid leaves. A 2012 TIME 100 laureate, Ai-jen keeps the cause of marginalized workers her focus.
Joyce Hilda Ntila Banda is the first female president of Malawi and the whole of South Africa. She endured 10 years living with an abusive husband. Unlike most Malawian women, Joyce braved to raise her three children by herself. Eventually, she became a successful businesswoman. The National Association of Business Women was founded to provide Malawians the capital they need to put up their own business in the hope of making them less dependent on their husbands. After nine years, she established the Joyce Banda Foundation to help impoverished children get proper education.
Valens Ntamushobora is a young student and activist from Rwanda who is most known for founding the Let Us Stay Alive (LUSA) Program initiative, a project that focuses on giving opportunities for young girls who are in misery such as young mothers, out of school, and those living in the streets. A truly devoted individual, Valens has spent a great deal of his time and efforts to ensure two things: gender equality in the community and the welfare of young girls and poor women.
Kai-Fu Lee is the founder of Innovation Works, a business incubator based in China that aims to support information technology ventures by providing start-ups necessary funding, sufficient training, and bringing in to the team the right people to ensure profitability. Kai-Fu, who used to work for Apple, Silicon Graphics, Microsoft, and Google, aims to bring home innovation and stimulate IT entrepreneurs to develop cutting-edge technology. With five million followers in Weibo, China’s Twitter, Kai-Fu is one of the most followed netizens in a country where information is heavily censored and filtered.
Roya Mahboob is the first female IT CEO in Afghanistan, a place where gender discrimination is a way of life. She founded Afghan Citadel Software Company, now a leading service provider. Her way to recognition was not easy and she’s grown accustomed to death threats. At 26 years old, Roya has displayed extraordinary resilience. She’s currently the CEO of Women’s Annex, a non-profit that seeks to give Afghan women a platform to express their artistic side through blogging and directing. The profit of ACSC is mainly used to fund the establishment of internet cafes for women.
Asi Burak is the co-president of Games for Change, an organization created to mobilize social impact of digital games. Half the Sky Movement has recently partnered with them in creating “Half the Sky: The Game,” which is now creating a buzz. Before taking the helm of the non-profit organization, Asi has been a strategic advisor to organizations such as EON Productions (007), Newsweek and McCann Erickson for gaming and brand engagement. He is twice a finalist of INDEX International Design Award and a Tech Awards laureate. He founded ImpactGames in 2006 and developed PeaceMaker and Play the News (PtN).