Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have questions about filling out the nomination form or on the nomination process, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here. Deadline of nominations is 8 September 2017.
- Innovators Under 35 General Information
- Information for Nomination
- Information Required from Nominees
- Reference Letters
Innovators Under 35 General Information
What is MIT Technology Review's global list of 35 young innovators?
What is MIT Technology Review's global list of 35 young innovators?
Established in 1999 as the TR100, the annual list recognizes outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, communications, and the Web. 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.
MIT Technology Review showcases the TR35 Global winners in our September/October issue and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35. We also recognize the winners at the Emtech MIT conference in October.
What is the TR100?
In 1999, to celebrate its centennial, MIT 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 current Innovators Under 35 list, an annual lineup of 35 top innovators under the age of 35.
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. Now there are other regional versions in Asia, Italy, France, Spain, and several countries in Latin America. Innovators Under 35 Asia, which covers the countries of Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand is opening nominations on 11 April 2017. The honourees of the regional competitions automatically become candidates for the global list. You can see a complete list of regions here.
What are the rules for participating in the Innovators Under 35 Asia?
Innovators Under 35 Asia is the list of the top innovators under the age of 35 from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 October 2018. Nominees must be a citizen or current resident (including students) of one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
How long have you been naming Innovators Under 35?
Technology Review's first global list of 35 young innovators appeared in 2005. Before that, the magazine honoured 100 innovators with its TR100 list, which launched in 1999. In 2010, we launched regional versions of the list. Now there are regional versions all across the world.
How are members of the Innovators Under 35 list chosen?
The editors of MIT Technology Review solicit specific information from each nominee. A distinguished panel of judges - technologists, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors - use this information to evaluate the nominees. The editors make the final selections based on these judgments.
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. The list of judges changes each year and is published on our website.
Do I have to participate in a regional competition to be selected for the global list?
No, you are not required to participate in a regional competition to be eligible for the global list. However, honourees of the regional competitions are automatically entered into the global nomination process. In 2015 and 2016, three Innovators Under 35 Asia – Rikky Muller, Benjamin Tee and Desmond Loke - were eventually selected for the global list.
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 October in the year they are honoured. For 2018, nominees may not turn 35 before 1 October 2018.
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 an Innovator Under 35 have to be at a university?
No! Past honourees have come from startups, large companies, government agencies, and non-profits, as well as from universities around the world. We encourage nominations from institutions of all types.
Does an Innovator Under 35 have to be from the United States?
No. Global nominations are international. However, regional nominations are defined by region. Innovators Under 35 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. Don't tell us that someone is innovative or accomplished in general. Point to something in particular that we can write about.
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 Innovators Under 35 Asia list, please list a different reference.
Can I nominate partners, for example a group of 3 founders, or a joint submission?
Please nominate your submissions separately, i.e. one submission for each nominee.
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 22 September 2017 to submit additional materials, including reference letters.
How will the organisers contact nominees for additional information?
By e-mail and phone.
What information is required from nominees?
A current CV or résumé; a personal statement; 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 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.
What information is required for a nominee reference letter?
We ask that a reference letter contain several paragraphs explaining how you know the candidate and why you believe he or she has done exceptional work.
In what form should a reference letter be sent?
A reference letter should be completed on official letterhead and sent in reply to the e-mail that we will send.
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