MIT Technology Review: Innovators Under 35: Asia


What is the TR35 Global?

Established in 1999 as the TR100, the annual TR35 Global list recognizes the world’s 35 most outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, web and transportation. We are searching for individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Our goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve 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.

Technology Review showcases the TR35 Global winners in our September/October issue and online at We also recognize the finalists for TR35 Global at the Emtech MIT conference in October.

What is the difference between the regional versions of the TR35 and the TR35 Global?

In 2009, we launched regional versions of the competition with TR35 India. Now there are regional versions in 20 different regions. TR35 Asia, which covers the countries in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, is launching nominations in May 2016. The honorees of the regional TR35 competitions are entered into the TR35 Global competition as well. You can see a complete list of regions here:

What are the rules for participating in the TR35 Asia?

TR35 Asia is the list of the top innovators under the age of 35 from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Nominees must be 35 or under as of 1 October 2017. Nominees must be a citizen or current resident (including students) of one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

How are members of the TR35 list chosen?

The editors of MIT Technology Review solicit specific information from each nominee. A distinguished panel of judges—technologists, inventors, and entrepreneurs—uses this information to evaluate the nominees. The editors make the final selections based on these judgments.

Do I have to participate in a regional TR35 to be selected for TR35 Global?

No, you are not required to participate in a regional TR35 to be eligible for TR35 Global. However, the honorees of the TR35 regional competitions are automatically entered into the TR35 Global nomination process. In 2015, two TR35 AsiaRikky Muller and Benjamin Tee – were eventually selected for TR35 Global.

What is the age qualification for TR35?

TR35 winners must be under age 35 as of 1 October in the year they are honored. For 2017, TR35 nominees may not turn 35 before 1 October 2017.

Who are the judges?

The TR35 judges are experts in their fields, outstanding technologists, inventors, and entrepreneurs working in top universities and companies around the world. The list of judges changes each year and is published on our website.

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 (e.g., MBA) 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.

Does a TR35 have to be at a university?

No! 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.

Does a TR35 have to be from the United States?

No. TR35 Global nominations are international. The regional TR35 are defined by region. However, regional TR35 are defined by region. TR35 Asia nominees must be citizens or current residents (including students) of one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

Whom should I list as references?

These should be advisors, supervisors, coworkers, 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.

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.

Can a nominator be listed as a reference?

Yes! However, we will 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 TR35, please list a different reference.

What is the TR100?

In 1999, to celebrate its centennial, Technology Review honored 100 outstanding young innovators—the first TR100. Subsequent TR100 lists appeared in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2005, the list evolved into the TR35, an annual lineup of 35 top innovators under the age of 35.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the TR35 nomination process, please e-mail