MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Asia: The Chance to Give Recognition to Young Cambodian Innovators

Rewarding 35 innovators under the age of 35 around regions for four consecutive years, MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Asia is back for its 5th edition!

Innovators Under 35 Asia is an award that honours young innovators in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, and is given out to those who produce research and inventions deemed by the MIT Technology Review team, an online digital platform geared towards tech, as the most exciting.

This award is actually one of the seven regional editions of 35 Innovators Under 35, an annual list that recognises technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35, whose work spans across biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, internet, transportation.

Every year, Innovators Under 35 Asia shortlists 10 bright innovators, and from there, they will be invited to present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia, a conference that gathers the world’s leading science and tech executives. Furthermore, these selected few would also automatically become finalists for the 35 Innovators Under 35 list.

In addition to being showcased on MIT Technology Review’s September/October issue and its corresponding online platform (, the global list is also celebrated in the fall at the MIT Media Lab in Boston.

“I develop new materials that are inspired by nature and made using the same components as nature. The outreach of Innovators Under 35 Asia enabled many people to learn about our work. 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,” expressed Javier Gomez Fernandez, Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design & Innovator Under 35 Asia 2016 honouree.

Seems like something you would be interested to partake in, or have a young, brilliant innovator in mind that fits the bill? Then be sure to fill up the nomination form here: by 8 September!

But before that, be sure that the nominated individual (or yourself) is under the age of 35 as of 1st October, and must be a citizen or work in the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and of course, Cambodia.

Students from universities, startup founders, employees of government agencies, or non-profits – all are welcomed to be nominated as long as they are outstanding innovators that have produced superb technical work, which would positively impact the world at large.

The editors of MIT Technology Review would then solicit specific information from each nominee, and distinguished judges of technologists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors would use this information to state their opinions on their innovations. This panel consists of esteemed individuals from across the region, such as Parin Mehta, the Director of Airbnb APAC, Shonali Krishnaswamy, CTO of AIDA Technologies and Bien Kiet Tan, Founder of Titan Capital.

Gathering the viewpoint of these judges, the editors would then make the final selections. This selection process happens from September to October 2017, and winners would be announced on 7th November 2017 via their website. These 10 selected honourees would then have their presentation ceremony at EmTech Asia 2018.

Geeks in Cambodia encourages everyone with a nominee in mind (even if it’s yourself!) to not hesitate to fill up the form. Rewarding innovators in this way would not only fuel their motivation and drive to produce even more stellar works, but it is also a stamp of validation that they are making a difference.

Who knows? The person you have in mind may be the next honouree of Innovator Under 35 Asia!

For more information on Innovators Under 35 Asia, be sure to check out their website here: