Winners announced for 2002 MIT Sloan eBusiness Awards

eBay Named “Business of the Year,” Vodafone Wins for “Global Reach,” RIM Takes “Disruptive Technology”

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 17, 2002 — MIT Sloan today announced the winners of the 2002 MIT Sloan eBAs (eBusiness Awards), which recognize companies and individuals that have successfully achieved excellence in technology innovation. In conjunction with the eBAs and eBusiness Day@MIT, April 17th has been decreed eBusiness Day in Massachusetts by Acting Governor Jane Swift.

Winners in eight primary award categories and six industry award categories were named at the 4th Annual MIT Sloan eBusiness Award Ceremony last night at MIT's Kresge Auditorium.

Primary Award Category Winners:

  • Business of the Year - eBay
  • Innovator of the Year - Theresa H. Meng, CTO and founder, Atheros Communications
  • Global Reach - Vodafone
  • Enabling Technology - NTT DoCoMo
  • Social Responsibility - Grameen
  • Business Transformation - IBM
  • Rookie of the Year - Orbitz
  • Disruptive Technology of the Year - Research in Motion, Blackberry, PDAs

Industry Award Category Winners:

  • Communications Technology - Research in Motion
  • Financial Services - E*Trade
  • Health Care - Inhale Therapeutic Systems
  • Internet Services - eBay
  • Media / Entertainment - ReplayTV (SONICblue)
  • Operations - General Electric

“Together with the eBAs, the Center for eBusiness at MIT has watched e-business transform the economy while creating new opportunities and challenges, and the eBAs, born during the dot.com boom, continue to recognize technology innovation in business today,” said Glen Urban, co-director, Center for eBusiness at MIT. “As e-business continues to evolve and become an ever more important part of business, the eBAs and the Center for eBusiness at MIT look forward to continued recognition of leadership in this field.”

“We are thrilled to honor this year's winners, who have shown strong leadership and innovation in using e-business technologies to achieve success across multiple industries,” said Jay Livens, eBAs co-executive producer. “The landscape of e-business has changed dramatically since last year's awards, but we believe that in this economy, implementing e-business technologies is more important than ever. This year's winners have embraced e-business as a core ingredient for success.”

Award nominations opened on November 1, 2001, and by January 18th, when nominations closed, 784 nominations had been submitted. This year's 784 total nominees marked the most in the eBA's four-year history and underscore the Award's growing popularity among business leaders, technology innovators and their influencers throughout the world.

About the awards

The MIT Sloan eBAs were founded in 1999 to recognize and award successful innovation in eBusiness. The awards, which are entirely student run, have quickly become the premier event recognizing global advances and leadership in the field of eBusiness. This reputation is largely due to the support and sponsorship of leaders in the academic and business communities. Previous sponsors of the Sloan eBAs include Fleet, Scient, Dell, GM, Visteon, Nokia, Microsoft, British Telecom, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Merrill Lynch. Jury members responsible for choosing the winners of past shows have included Michael Dell, Bill Porter, the editors of Newsweek, Red Herring, The Financial Times and Fast Company and the chairmen and CEOs of Nortel, BellSouth and Intel.

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Once named “Asian Businessman of the Year” by Fortune Magazine, MIT Sloan alumnus Keiji Tachikawa is the former president and CEO of global powerhouse NTT DoCoMo.

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