We are proud to share that Katharina Borchert Mozillas Chief Open Innovation Officer has been named one of theMost Creative People by Fast Company. The award recognizes her leadership on Common Voice and helping to collect and diversify open speech data to build and train voice-enabled applications. Katharina was recognized not just for a groundbreaking idea but because her work is having a measurable impact in the world.
Among the 74 receiving this award are leaders such as Kade Crockford of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts for work leading to banning face surveillance in Boston and Stina Ehrensvrd CEO of Yubikey for the building of WebAuthn a heightened set of security protocols a collaboration with Google Mozilla and Microsoft. The full list also includes vintner Krista Scruggs dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and Ryan Reynolds for delivering an honest message even when its difficult. .
This is a real honor said Katharina which also reflects the contributions of an incredible alliance of people at Mozilla and beyond. We have a way to go before the full promise of Common Voice is realized. But Im incredibly inspired by the different communities globally building it together with Mozilla because language is so important for our identities and for keeping cultural diversity alive in the digital age. Extending the reach of voice recognition to more languages can only open the doors to more innovation and make tech more inclusive.