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Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Metawave’s SPEKTRA SELECTED AS an Honorable Mention On The Rise: 0-4 years in business CATEGORY OF FAST COMPANY’S 2021 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS

From a cleaner freight train to an automated beehive, a way to recycle fabric, and other bold,

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New York, May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.

SPEKTRA has been selected as Honorable Mention in the On The Rise: 0-4 Years in Business category. This radar technology enables unmatched sensing performance for automotive and aerial vehicles in all weather and operating conditions, fulfilling the needs missing in today’s Driver Assist sensor suite. The core technology is based on combining the best of analog front-end beamforming and steering Antenna in Package (AiP) modules, which moves high-frequency applications similar to Moore’s Law, and simplified advanced back-end digital signal processing for faster and precise control.

Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design, and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.

Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) highlights, among others, a lifesaving bassinet; the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete; 3D-printed schools; an at-home COVID-19 testing kit; a mobile voting app; and the world’s cleanest milk.

“SPEKTRA’s flexible and scalable Lego-based architectures meet OEM next generation performance metrics within target price and size factors” says Metawave’s founder and CEO, Maha Achour. “By consistently demonstrating the longest-range detection in the harshest weather conditions, Metawave has secured its place as a leader in Driver Assist and Autonomous driving sensor suite.”

“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity,impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”

About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

About Metawave Corporation: Metawave SPEKTRA™ is the first automotive analog beamsteering radar capable of distinguishing between objects that are close to each other, in difficult driving scenarios and in all-weather conditions, making cars safer and smarter. Metawave TURBO™ active repeaters and KLONE™ passive reflectors enable faster, more efficient, and lower cost 5G deployments, bringing connectivity to billions of users both indoors and out. Metawave's AWARE™AI object classification platform is the first demonstration of real-time radar object classification. Founded in 2017, Metawave is headquartered in in Carlsbad and Palo Alto, CA. Visit us at, email us at, and follow us on Twitter @metawavecorp, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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