World Economic Forum Awards Diligent Robotics as Technology Pioneer

Updated: Apr 27

Diligent Robotics is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) company based in Austin that created the perfect healthcare assistant, Moxi.

Moxi is the first automated caregiver actually in the field today and works across the state of Texas assisting all healthcare workers and the health system as a whole.

Due to their industry-changing innovations, the founders of Diligent, Andrea Thomaz and Vivian Chu have been recognized as Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

“We are honored to be selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Our entire team at Diligent is passionate about our mission to build robots that help people, and we are excited to join this group of like-minded people who want to see technology make the world a better place,” Andrea Thomaz, CEO and co-founder of Diligent, said.

As a Technology Pioneer, Thomaz will have the opportunity to represent Diligent at the WEF and work with other top innovators from around the world. Diligent will also continue to work with the WEF over the next two years as they will collaborate with global leaders and help address key issues in the industry and society.

Andrea Thomaz, CEO and co-founder, with Moxi

“Our leadership at Diligent Robotics is rooted in academic research and we believe in the idea that truly great things do not happen by individuals but through collaboration and upon a foundation of knowledge built over years,” Thomaz said. “This program with the World Economic Forum brings together an extremely diverse set of people to discuss some of the biggest problems facing our society. We are honored and look forward to contributing to the dialogue.”

According to the WEF’s website, only 100 Technology Pioneers are selected each year and span over 26 economies and six continents. Some notable pioneers of the past are Google, Airbnb, Spotify, and Twitter, which speaks to the magnitude of this recognition for Diligent.

This year is special for the Technology Pioneers as 30% of this year’s cohort is led by women. With the diversity in the participating companies’ personnel, innovations, and mindsets, Diligent and Thomaz are eager to look at the impact their innovations can make on a global level.

“What the last year and a half has taught us is that our vision of using robots to support nursing and clinical staff in hospitals is needed now more than ever,” Thomaz said. “While our focus to date has been at a national level, in this work with the World Economic Forum, we are excited to have our mission be a part of a global conversation. We look forward to the incredible partnerships that this is going to forge.”

View the original press release from Diligent Robotics for more information.

For a full list of the 2021 Technology Pioneers, visit the World Economic Forum’s website.

Video from the World Economic Forum's YouTube.