Searching for the next tech star – TR35
If you want to become like Ben Silberman, Daniel Ek, or say Jack Dorsey you need a technology that can potentially change the world, and you need to be Under 35. Why? Because all the money in the world won’t get you on the TR35 list!
MIT Technology Review is hosting the EMTech conference every year and is looking for extraordinary individuals around the world to vote them into the TR35 global list. On January 20-21, 2014 the South-East Asian plus Australia and New Zealand regional winners will be named and will get the chance to be voted onto the global list.
The EMTech conference has been run since 1999 and original winning list honoured 100 people whose “accomplishments … are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it.” In 2005 the list has been shorted to 35 but regional events have been added. The Singapore event is the first of its kind and you can still nominate your favourite innovator. There are several categories of which one is Web. However, if you know someone in the fields of Biomedicine, Computing, Communications, Energy, Materials, or Transportation, you can nominate him or her as well.
What is required? Apart from the disruptive technology, and a rather young age (below 35 as of October 1st 2014) you need to provide a references in form of “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.” The candidates also have to be citizens of (or work in) Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Australia or New Zealand.
The nominees will be judged by:
- Olivia Lum, CEO, Hyflux
- Pierre Hennes, Managing Partner, Extream Ventures
- Gerhard Schmitt, Senior Vice President, ETH- CREATE
- Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, Vertex Venture Holdings
- Stephen Wise, Senior Director, Eli Lily
- Foong Sew Bun, Chief Technology Officer, IBM
You can nominate a candidate until September 27th, 2013. The Conference itself will be in January and will feature more than 30 speakers from world-renowned companies, such as Autodesk and GE and many speakers from MIT.