2013 was a turbulent year for technology, with huge new releases, exciting innovations and enough hacking scandals to fill tabloids for months. It was the year that saw the NSA fall from grace and the world began to embrace wearable technology and 3D printing. The year saw the loss of some technology greats, and the rise of some fantastic startups.
We pick ten of the best technology pioneers of 2013. Whether they have been very busy this past year, or just simply making their name and cause known, we hope you'll agree that they are worthy of being on this list.
10. Evan Spiegel
Spiegel is the 23 year old CEO and founder of Snapchat, the photo messaging app that became the 'it' app for 2013. In June 2013, Snapchat acquired $60m in funding led by Institutional Venture Partners and the app's 5.0 version 'Banquo' was released for iOS and Android.
The company came under a lot of scrutiny over data security after a security breach exposing users' details, but they have managed to come out on top after a (rather delayed) apology. Spiegel has been branded smug and naïve after he turned down a $3bn acquisition offer from Facebook in November, but his courage and confidence in his brand is impressive and has secured his place as one of the most important tech figures of 2013. I predict that he will be one to watch in 2014, as Snapchat continues to appeal to younger audiences that once favoured Facebook.