About Innovators Under 35


The search is on for 10 innovators from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand whose superb technical work promises to change the world. Who do you think belongs on the regional Innovators Under 35 list?


Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has honored the young innovators whose inventions and research we find most exciting. Today that collection is Innovators Under 35, a list of technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35. Their work - spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more - is changing our world.


The 10 selected innovators will present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 October 2018. They must be citizens of (or study/work in) one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Nominations for the 2018 Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific list have closed. Check out the Class of 2018.



11 April 2017 Nominations open
8 September 2017 Nominations close
September / October 2017 Judging and selection process
21 November 2017 Announcement of 10 honourees via website, press release and live event at SGInnovate
30 - 31 January 2018 Presentation and ceremony at EmTech Asia


Not sure if you should nominate? Hear what past Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific honourees thought about being listed:


“Emtech Asia - and Singapore - is definitely the next hub after Silicon Valley that you want to be part of, where great minds meet. Besides the mind-blowing convergence of technology, engineering, medicine & entrepreneurship, a vast network of investors has also enabled us to verbally secure a deal worth S$ 200,000, just after a 3-minute pitch. Yes! This is the next valley! Singapore valley!”
Dhesi Raja, Cofounder & Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME) & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2017 honouree


“I am a scientist and also a lecturer at University of New South Wales. We are trying to develop new systems for early cancer diagnosis and also treatment of patients who have cancer. Being a Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific listee is an honour and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The award has helped me progress much faster in my academic career, in addition to securing more funding for my research.”
Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani, Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering University of New South Wales & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2016 honouree


“I develop new materials that are inspired by nature and made using the same components as nature. The outreach of Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific enabled many people to learn about our work. Because of this outreach, several people from industrial and academic environments have approached us looking to collaborate and support our work. TR35 is a great opportunity to publicize your work and establish new collaborations.”
Javier Gomez Fernandez, Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2016 honouree


“Receiving recognition from MIT Technology Review is inspiring, as it's important for those of us developing new tech in the trenches of Asia to know that innovations coming out of Asia do get noticed. It also gives investors renewed confidence in the innovation that is taking place in this part of the world, which, in reality is a vibrant scene of innovation. I encourage those who know of people doing good work in this neck of the woods to nominate them because we need to hear more Asian success stories to inspire us.”
Peh Ruey Feng, Principal Investigator, Advent Access & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2015 honouree


“Being named one of the innovators under 35 was an incredible honor, and this conference provided an extraordinary platform to share and learn about the most exciting ideas in technology today.”
John Ho, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2017 honouree


““EmTech Asia 2016 has been a mind-blowing event with the different impactful themes and inspiring speakers. It certainly has connected me to key funding partners that will help push my soft wearable robots into the healthcare market.”
Raye Chen-Hua Yeow, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore & Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific 2016 honouree