PSFK Presents: The Pioneers Of Humanability

PSFK Presents: The Pioneers Of Humanability

In partnership with Verizon, we honor the people, organizations and companies building the future through technological innovation

  • 25 june 2018

In a special series brought to you with the help of our partner Verizon, The Pioneers of Humanability is directing the spotlight onto the people, organizations and companies who are using technology to do more new and do more good in the world.

The future isn’t some inevitable, natural force that happens without our input, as the seasons do. The future isn’t scripted, it’s sculpted. It is cultivated. The future is built. And Verizon’s Pioneers of Humanability list honors the people, organizations and companies that are building it. This list is made up of scientists, students, and problem-solvers tackling the world’s biggest problems through technological innovation, and that inspire the business community, likeminded companies, and increasingly socially-conscious consumers along the way. These are the pioneers leading the way in solving hunger, rejuvenating wasteland, cutting pollution, and uniting communities. These are The Pioneers of Humanability.

Amanda Parkes | Future Tech Lab
Fashion-Tech Pioneer
Dr. Amanda Parkes is a media designer, technologist, and Chief Innovation Officer of Future Tech Lab, a fashion incubator that supports emerging fashion tech companies in the development of sustainable methods and materials.

Ariel Waldman | Spacehack
Citizen Science Organizer
Ariel Waldman is an artist-turned-scientist and founder of, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global organizer of Science Hack Day, a 24-hour worldwide event that brings together scientists, technologists, and designers.

Christina Agapakis | Ginkgo Bioworks
Bio-Organism Orchestrator
Christina Agapakis is a biomimicry scientist exploring the future of biotechnology and creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company bringing biology to industrial engineering.

Jeff Kirschner | Litterati
Community Cleanup Incentivizer
Jeff Kirschner is the founder and creator of Litterati, an app that incentivizes users to help clean up their local environments by turning the process of picking up litter into a game.

Komal Ahmad | Copia
Hunger Solver
Komal Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an excess food management solution which enables businesses and event organizers to request pickups of their excess food so they can donate it.

Mike Stanley | TransitX
Urban Transport Visionary
Transit X is a shared mobility network concept that seeks to replace buses, trains, cars, and even short flights with solar-powered pods that are suspended above traffic.

Nigel Jacob | New Urban Mechanics
City Reinventor
Nigel Jacob is a Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. A civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.

Joy Youwakim | UT Austin
Land Renewal Innovator
Joy Youwakim is a student at UT Austin who successfully grew various crops on a 400 square foot space on top of a closed Texas landfill.

Sixto Cancel | Think of Us
Youth Empowerer
Sixto Cancel is the founder and CEO of Think of Us, a nonprofit that leverages technology to empower youth aging out of the foster care system.

Ran Harnevo | Homeis
Community Builder
Ran Harnevo is the co-founder and CEO of Homeis, a social network that aims to foster local communities of foreign-born users.

Look out for the accompanying interviews with the full list of the pioneers, revealing the technologies, insights, and obstacles behind the innovation, launching on, brought to you by PSFK with Verizon. 

Verizon’s Pioneers of Humanability list honors the people, organizations and companies that are using technological innovations to bring about good things for the world. These are the pioneers keeping food safe and water clean, cutting pollution, saving energy and enabling doctors to treat patients a county or a country away. They’ve stopped asking “What if?” or “Why isn’t?” and started doing and leading. These are the people, organizations and companies you need to know about now—because they’re building the future.

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