MIT Technology Review’s Regional ‘Innovators Under 35’ Returns

Innovators under the age of 35 from Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan can now apply for the regional 2017 Innovators Under 35 list.

AsianScientist (Jun. 28, 2016) – Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has honored numerous young innovators for their groundbreaking inventions and research.

To shine a spotlight on Asia, it began in 2014 an Asian list that recognizes technologists and scientists from the region. To date, 30 researchers have received this honor, and their work spans biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, the internet and transportation.

The competition is now open for submissions, and the deadline for nominations for the 2017 list is September 9, 2016. Judging and selection will be carried out in September and October, and honorees will be announced in November.

Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of October 1, 2017. To be eligible, they must be citizens of one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. Alternatively, they may reside in one of these countries for work or study.

The ten winners will each present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia 2017, gaining them access to an audience of over 700 accomplished innovators and investors. They also automatically become finalists for the global 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) list.

​Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani, a lecturer at the University of New South Wales, received a research grant for his work on novel systems for early cancer diagnosis shortly after being recognized on the 2016 list.

“We are trying to develop new systems for early cancer diagnosis and also treatment of patients who have cancer,” said Warkiani. “Being a TR35 listee is an honor and a 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.”

For another 2016 listee, Javier Gomez Fernandez, an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, being recognized helped to raise the visibility of his team’s research to a broader community.

“I develop new materials that are inspired by nature and made using the same components as nature,” said Fernandez. “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.”

Asian Scientist Magazine is a media partner of EmTech Asia 2017.


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