Fast Company Announces Most Innovative Companies For 2018

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Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the world’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation, which includes the LEGO Group at number six on the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics list. Editors noted that the iconic toy brand made the list for boosting children’s coding skills.

In 2017, The LEGO Group introduced two significant innovations to further bridge the divide between physical and digital play: LEGO® BOOST and LEGO Life

LEGO BOOST is a super-charged LEGO set that lets children as young as seven years old bring their LEGO creations to life through a simple, app-based coding language. Embracing a “fun-first” vision, LEGO BOOST empowers kids in both the physical and digital creation of the outcome – first by building a model, then by coding its behavior and personality. The coding language was developed specifically to be fun and accessible to children, making it easy to experience instant success, master basic commands and move on to more complex coding and behaviors in a continuous cycle of build, code and play.

LEGO Life, a safe, app-based social network for kids inspires builders to connect with a community of like-minded peers to express their creativity, share their LEGO creations, interact with LEGO characters, and inspire one another to build. LEGO Life bridges physical and digital play experiences, innovating on the best of today’s social network features to add a social layer to LEGO play. After seeing millions of kids share their pride of creation in the “Cool Creations” section of LEGO Magazine, a richer, more dynamic social media experience was a natural next step in the evolution of digital LEGO engagement. Since launch, the app has recruited nearly six million kids from 26 different countries who share a love of building.

Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer at the LEGO Group said: “The LEGO brand is synonymous with play experiences that develop future innovators, and last year, LEGO BOOST and LEGO Life expanded that reputation, capturing the imaginations of girls and boys alike around the world, inspiring them to build, code and share. We are constantly exploring new ways to bridge the physical and digital play worlds, while continuously innovating around the core LEGO brick. Sharing platforms like LEGO Life provide us with great opportunity to be inspired by the amazing ideas that children share with us and with each other.”

Fast Company‘s 2018 Most Innovative Companies recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, from consumer electronics to artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process—to create these lists.

Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company‘s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. “This year’s MIC list is an inspiring and insightful window into how many companies have embraced innovation and are working to make meaningful change,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2018) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

LEGO, its logo, the Minfigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michael McNally
michael.mcnally@lego.com / 860.830.5885

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