Digital Pioneer Award

2017 Digital Pioneer Don Tapscott

2017 Digital Pioneer Award Recipient: Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. Don was the originator of the term ‘Digital Economy’ and one of the first people to predict the internet’s dramatic effects on business and government on a global scale. He has published over 15 books, including The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (October 2014); Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (2012); Grown Up Digital (2008); and, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006). 

His most recent project is BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION (2016), a book written in collaboration with his son Alex, that showcases new technologies that ensure privacy and protection while also making exchanges of currency more convenient, and how the theories behind technology can be applied to other fields to help society.

Governor General David Johnston congratulates Don Tapscott on winning

the 2017 Digital Pioneer Award

About the Digifest Digital Pioneer Award

A digital pioneer is a true trailblazer within technology and culture. They embrace the unknown and stand at the forefront of innovation. Their work explores previously unimagined uses for emerging technologies. A digital pioneer takes a creative approach to solving complex problems and through that impacts culture and industry. A digital pioneer is the first to develop, use or apply technology in a way that has not conceived of before.

Past recipients of the Digital Pioneer Award include: Bill Buxton (2016), Principal researcher at Microsoft Research; Dr. Steve Mann (2015), Research and Inventor; Vera Frenkel (2014), Artist; Luc Courchesne (2012), President of the Society for Arts and Technology; and Vincent John Vincent (2011), Artist/ CEO and Co-Founder of GestureTek.