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Jason Hill, 26

Wrote software that allows hundreds of minute wireless sensors to communicate better

JLH Labs

When sandstorms raged during the 2003 Iraq war, coalition forces stalled because they could not track enemy movement. Small wireless sensors scattered across terrain could in principle do the tracking instead- and Jason Hill, a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, has created free software called TinyOS that greatly reduces the cost of setting up and running such a sensor network. Sensors in previous networks relayed information about acoustic vibrations or magnetic fields along predetermined paths to base stations. TinyOS allows the sensors to pass messages to any nearby peer as needed. The system can survive if some sensors are destroyed and reduces reliance on costly base stations, making for quicker deployment and greater flexibility. Today, 80 companies, including Intel and Bosch, use TinyOS in everything from military surveillance to energy monitoring. Last year Hill cofounded Dust in Berkeley, CA, to build custom network applications, some already sold to Honeywell to help grocery stores monitor power usage, and he has now started his own firm, JLH Labs in Capistrano Beach, CA.

2003 TR35 Winners

John Apostolopoulos

Develops ways to improve the security of streaming video on the Net

Brian Behlendorf

Sparked the widespread development of Web servers, mainstreaming the nascent Web

Jud Bowman

Wrote software that is accelerating the expansion of wireless networking

Lorrie Cranor

Leads the global effort to improve privacy practices and tools on the Web

Jason Hill

Wrote software that allows hundreds of minute wireless sensors to communicate better

Meg Hourihan

Sparked the rise of the popular Web-based journals known as blogs

Paul Q. Judge

Wrote software that stops spam and viruses before they enter a network

Rasmus Lerdorf

Invented a server language that brought live data to the Web

Lih Y. Lin

Built micromirror switches for faster, all-optical telecommunications networks

Paul Meyer

Brings database and Web-like services to remote areas through touch-tone phones

Rueben Singh

Provides support services and startup money for entrepreneurs

Martin Wattenberg

Simplifies peoples electronic lives with graphical data management

Andrew Wheeler

Builds wireless sensor networks that improve industrial efficiency

Evan Williams

Fueled the expansion of blogs across the Web

Jennifer Yates

Wrote software widely adopted by the telecom industry that speeds up optical networks

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