Sama Wins 2023 Business Intelligence Group Innovation Award

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Sama, the leader in providing high-quality training data for ambitious AI, announced today that it has won the 2023 Business Intelligence Group Innovation Award for its work with food waste reduction company Orbisk. This annual, global business awards program recognizes organizations, products, and people for bringing new ideas to life in innovative ways.

Innovation is ‘business critical’ in today’s society,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to honor Sama as they are leading by example and improving the lives of so many.”

Sama’s high-quality training data platform is trusted by the world’s most forward-looking organizations to develop accurate machine learning models. The company’s image, video and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms are relied upon across industries, including food waste management.

Orbisk is a company on a mission to make the world’s food system more manageable, while working with an ethical AI supply chain. Orbisk gives foodservice providers better visibility into their food waste streams, empowering them to make data-informed decisions about their food supply chains. They partnered with Sama to label the data that fuels their AI-powered food waste monitoring solution, empowering chefs and restaurant managers with data-driven insights to help them shrink food waste by as much as 70%.

We are an innovation-forward company, and the work we’ve done with Orbisk showcases the talent across the Sama team,'' said Wendy Gonzalez, Sama CEO. “It’s gratifying to be recognized by the business leaders and executives who judge the BIG Innovation Awards.”

Providing high-quality labeled data to power Orbisk technology, Sama:

  • Accurately labeled hundreds of thousands of food images
  • Maintained open feedback loops to solve edge cases and account for new data sources
  • Helped streamline the data annotation process so customers receive accurate reports in a timely manner

Accurately labeled data provided by Sama powers Orbisk’s technology, giving foodservice providers readily available insight into which foods they are wasting most often, allowing them to better manage their budgets and waste levels. With this reduction in food waste comes significant cost savings and a measurable impact on the environment.

In its report “What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management,” World Bank predicted that more than three billion tons of food waste will be generated annually by 2050. The efforts and technology innovation from Orbisk and Sama are slowing that trajectory.

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization's proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

About Sama

Sama provides high-quality training data that powers AI technology. The company’s platform is trusted by leading companies such as Google, NVIDIA, GM, and Walmart, to develop accurate machine learning models. Sama specializes in image, video, language, and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms and has experience in a variety of industries including autonomous transportation, medtech, agriculture, and retail. Driven by a mission to expand opportunities for underserved individuals through the digital economy, Sama is a certified B-Corp and has helped more than 60,000 people lift themselves out of poverty. Its training and employment program were recently validated by an MIT-led Randomized Controlled Trial. For more information, visit


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Sama has been named a 2023 BIG Innovation Award winner for its work with food waste reduction company Orbisk.


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