Stocking Frame Awards: Nomination Form
Technological innovation has been pivotal in lifting humanity out from drudgery and darkness. Yet, its disruptions to our social and economic life are often met by forceful resistance. Perhaps the most famous of these clashes came in the late 18th century, as the Luddite movement waged an open revolt to smash mechanical looms known as “stocking frames.” Today, rising anxieties about technology’s impact on society have fueled a renewed opposition–which calls for us to put the brakes on progress and embrace precautionary thinking.

We created the Stocking Frame Awards to recognize those who stand against the forces of stagnation, and advance the case for dynamism and permissionless innovation. Winners will be selected by our esteemed selection committee after a public nomination process, and announced at the opening reception to the Reboot conference in San Francisco on September 20.

We need your help to identify the leading champions of innovation. Send us your nominees by completing the form below. Nominations close August 31st.

Selection committee: Dan Rothschild, Executive Director at Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Mike Godwin, Distinguished Senior Fellow at R Street Institute; Tiffany Moore, Senior Vice President for Political and Industry Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association; Jesse Blumenthal, Manager of Tech and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute; Paul Martino, General Partner at Bullpen Capital.

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