Facebook founder recognised for industry contribution

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has been recognised for his contribution to social networking in the form of an Economist Innovation Award.

The man behind the phenomenally successful Facebook has been given the No Boundaries' accolade by the judges, in recognition of how his work has contributed to the success of social networking in general.

As of May this year, Facebook boasted more than 300 million active users.

"Challenging conventional thinking to solve problems in bold new ways has been an important part of Facebook's success, and I'm honored and humbled to receive this reward in recognition," Zuckerberg said in a statement.

He added: "We'll continue to build on our hacker culture to push technical boundaries and create new and elegant solutions to make the world more open and connected."

Previous winners of this award include Wikipedia's father Jimmy Wales and the chairman and founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar.

The award will be officially presented at the Economist's eighth annual innovation summit at the end of the month.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.