Take a peek at some of this year’s Best Workplace for Innovators awards applicants

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More than 500 companies have applied—from 26 countries on four continents. With two weeks remaining before the March 20 final deadline, Fast Company has already received more than 500 applications for our second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators awards. This year’s pool—from 26 countries on four continents—includes companies and organizations of all sizes, from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 multinationals. Read Full Story

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Dell ranks near the top of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The company supports diversity among its employees around the world. Four years after its acquisition of EMC, the computer giant continues to spend more than $4 billion a year on research and development. Last year, more than 40,000 of the computer giant’s employees participated in 13 employee resource groups across 60 countries, and through a program called Project Immersion, Dell employees can also lead courses at select historically Black colleges and universities. Each year, the company honors outstanding contributors along its supply chain during its Innovation Olympics. Read Full Story

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Best Workplaces for Innovators 2020

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Our annual list of the top 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators. Now more than ever, businesses of every kind, from every industry, must innovate to survive and thrive. Our second annual list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators, created in collaboration with Accenture, identifies which companies are encouraging bold experimentation, not just from the C-suite or engineering groups but from every level of the organization. We scored every application we received to produce our ranked list of the top 100 companies. Read Full Story

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ALSAC/St. Jude tops Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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After leading the fight against childhood cancer for decades, ALSAC/St. Jude remains at the forefront of innovation. Since its founding, in 1957, by entertainer Danny Thomas, the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) has raised money to fund St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to drive the survival rate of childhood cancer patients from 20% to 80%. A few years ago, a young developer at ALSAC named Zach Whitten suggested tapping into the gaming industry to raise money. Backed by ALSAC president and CEO Richard Shadyac, Whitten created a fundraiser that brought in $500,000 its first year. Since 2014, the annual Play Live program has raised more than $26 million by inviting competitive gamers from around the world to raise small donations from followers during live-stream events. “I think you would be hard-pressed to find a more generous and caring community than gamers,” says Whitten, now an ALSAC director of …

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Sonatype ranks sixth on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The software company cracks the list for the second straight year. The open-source software development company encourages employees to take one day every other week to work on a passion project—more than half of Sonatype’s products began as “innovation day” experiments. Employees can also take advantage of biannual hack-o-­vations, forming small teams to devote an entire week to developing a new idea. Last year, the company launched Sonatype Labs, an internal think tank and incubator focused primarily on open-source security. Read Full Story

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Introducing the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Here’s how we compiled our second annual list. For the second year, Fast Company is recognizing organizations that have created cultures enabling employees at all levels—not just top executives, computer scientists, or researchers—to innovate. We’ve expanded the list from 50 to 100 companies, schools, and nonprofits of all sizes, from SōRSE Technology, a 30-­person startup, to Siemens, a 173-year-old conglomerate employing nearly 400,000 people worldwide. We’re also introducing a whole new category to this year’s list, having invited companies to nominate internal groups for recognition as Innovative Team of the Year. Read Full Story

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Alibaba is one of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The largest mobile and commerce company in the world checks in at number seven on the list. There is plenty of room for small-team innovation at the largest mobile and commerce company in the world. In 2017, Tmall, the largest B2C e-commerce platform in China, launched a retail innovation division called the Tmall Innovation Center. This past year, TMIC partnered with global food brand Mondelez to create snack packs specifically for the Chinese market. The product development cycle was only 130 days—less than half the industry average. Read Full Story

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Boston Scientific is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Last year, Boston Scientific launched 87 new products. In 2019, the medical device company launched 87 new products, including a revolutionary single-use duodenoscope developed by a 150-person team of internal engineers and clinical experts. According to the FDA, more than 5% of reusable scopes are contaminated with pathogens that can cause fatal infections. “The team was huge,” says executive vice president Dave Pierce, “and the investment significant. We were lucky to have the resources to put against this. You can’t do it on a shoestring.” Read Full Story

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Johns Hopkins University APL is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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It’s the second straight year JHAPL has made the exclusive list. The state-of-the-art research facility is the kind of place where a random conversation between barely acquainted colleagues led them to enter an internal multidisciplinary innovation competition dubbed MOSH PIT (Meet Other Staff Hoping to Propose Innovative Technologies), combining research into navigational planning in brains with autonomous robotic swarms. After winning the competition to earn funding, the researchers scored a grant from the National Science Foundation to help advance the field of swarming technology. Read Full Story

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Meet the jury of the 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

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Jurors hail from some of the world’s most influential companies, design firms, and organizations. Welcome to the 2020 Innovation by Design Awards , the world’s most prestigious competition honoring the intersection of design and business. We’ve recruited an all-star cast of designers, executives, and thought leaders to judge the awards. Meet them below, and stay tuned as we add even more judges before the competition’s deadline in May. Read Full Story

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The 6 Best Digital Strategy Companies of 2020

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According to Smart Insights, 49 percent of organizations don’t have a clearly defined digital strategy. Choosing the right digital strategy for your business is essential. Experience helps you sift through what to do differently, what not to do, and where to focus your energy. Having a fresh perspective from an outside eye can make all the difference. What’s more important is choosing a company that can execute that strategy. When you need to choose the best digital strategy company, you may be wondering where to start. Here’s a list of our picks for the best digital strategy companies in the world. 1. Neil Patel Digital — Best For Content Marketing & Digital Strategy I’ve written more than 4,294 blog posts in 10 years. I’ve created millions of words and I’ve used content marketing to build three companies of my own. I used content marketing to generate 195,013 visitors a month …

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