Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have questions about filling out the nomination form or the nomination process, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here. Deadline of nominations is 12 September 2019.

 

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Innovators Under 35 General Information

 

What is MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35?

Innovators Under 35 is an annual list that recognises outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. Established in 1999 as the TR100, the annual list recognises outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biomedicine, computing, communications, computer hardware, energy, materials, software, transportation, and the Web.

 

We are searching for individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the world in coming decades. Our goal is to recognise the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve big problems. We also reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large - not just to peers in a particular field or industry.

 

MIT Technology Review showcases global list winners in our July/August issue and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35. Every year, we recognise global winners at the EmTech MIT conference on campus, and regional winners through our regional EmTechs and summit events.

What is the difference between the regional lists of young innovators and the global list?

We launched regional editions of the Innovators Under 35 list in 2010. There are now regional versions in Asia Pacific (which includes Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong S.A.R., Southeast Asia and Taiwan), China, Europe, Latin America and MENA (Middle East/North Africa). Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific, which covers the countries/regions of Australia, Hong Kong S.A.R., New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is opening nominations on 22 March 2019. You can see a complete list of regions here. The honourees of the regional competitions are encouraged to apply for the global list here. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, four Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific – Rikky MullerBenjamin TeeDesmond Loke and Gang Wang - were eventually selected for the global list.

 

What are the rules for participating in the Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific?

Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific is the list of the top innovators under the age of 35 from Australia, Hong Kong S.A.R., New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 August 2020. Nominees must be citizens or current residents (including students) of one of the following countries/regions: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong S.A.R., Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

How is the list chosen?

Each nominee will be asked to submit specific information via email. The nominees’ materials are then forwarded to a distinguished panel of judges with expertise in all areas of technology. Based on the judges' ratings, the editors of MIT Technology Review then pick the final list of honourees.

 

Who are the judges?

The judges are experts in their fields, outstanding technologists, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors working in top universities and companies around the world. For the Asia Pacific edition, the list of judges is published on the EmTech Asia website each year before the judging period starts.

 


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Information for Nomination

 

Can I nominate myself?

Yes! Self-nomination is allowed.

 

What is the age qualification for Innovators Under 35?

Honourees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 August in the year they are honoured. For 2020, nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 August 2020.

 

Does an Innovator Under 35 have to be a citizen of one of the countries listed?

No. Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific nominees can be citizens or current residents (including students) of one of the following countries/regions: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong S.A.R., Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

What are you looking for in the nominee description?

This should be a brief capsule summary of the technical work for which you believe the nominee deserves recognition, including an explanation of its impact, both within the nominee’s field and in the wider world. Don't tell us that someone is innovative or accomplished in general. Point to something in particular that we can write about.

 

What do you mean by "affiliation(s)"?

This is simply the nominee's place of work or study. We provide multiple fields in case a nominee is both working and studying for an advanced degree and in case a student or professor is founding a company. Please do not list professional memberships or the schools where a nominee has previously earned degrees. Past winners have come from startups, large companies, government agencies, and nonprofits, as well as from universities around the world. We encourage nominations from institutions of all types.

 

Whom should I list as references?

These should be advisors, supervisors or colleagues at other institutions who are familiar with the nominee’s work and who are able to describe the work and its importance. These people should be willing and able to provide a short (approximately one-page) letter in support of the nominee.

 

Can a nominator be listed as a reference?

Yes! However, we might request a separate letter of support for the nominee. If you feel the nominee description submitted online is a complete account of the candidate’s work and highlights the reasons you believe he or she should be included in the Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific list, please list a different reference.

 

Can I nominate partners, for example a group of three founders, or a joint submission?

No. Please submit your nominations separately (i.e. one submission for each nominee).

 

How will the organisers contact nominees for additional information?

By e-mail and phone. Please ensure the contact details listed in the nomination form are accurate.

 


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Information Required from Nominees

 

What is the deadline to submit all required materials for nominations?

If you are nominated, you will be contacted by email. You will then have until 30 September 2019 to submit supporting materials, including reference letters.

 

What information is required from nominees?

A current CV or résumé (max. two pages); a personal statement (one page); proof of date of birth (i.e.: passport particulars copy) as honourees must be under 35 in the year they are awarded; the names and contact information (e-mail and phone) of three individuals who can write brief (one page) reference letters.

 

What information is helpful to include in my personal statement?

This should be a brief, first-person description of your work, including some technical detail about your innovation and how it could affect the world at large. It should be 300 to 500 words long. It is also helpful to include links to other media articles, peer-reviewed papers, company websites, etc.

 

How will the organisers contact nominees for additional information?

By e-mail and phone.

 


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Reference Letters

 

What information is required for a nominee reference letter?

We ask that a reference letter (one page) explain how you know the candidate and why you believe he or she has done exceptional work. Don't tell us that someone is innovative or accomplished in general. Point to something in particular that we can write about.

 

In what form should a reference letter be sent?

A reference letter should be completed on official letterhead, saved in PDF format and attached in reply to our e-mail.

 


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