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Nominations: Frequently Asked Questions

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Innovators Under 35 General Information

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 these 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 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 Italy, France, Spain, Asia, and several countries in Latin America. The winners of the regional competitions automatically become candidates for the global list.

Global http://www.technologyreview.com/tr35/
Argentina http://www.tr35argentina.com/
Brazil http://www.tr35brasil.com/
Chile http://www.tr35chile.com/
Colombia http://www.tr35colombia.com/
India more information coming 2014
France http://www.tr35france.com/
Mexico http://www.tr35mexico.com/
Pan Arab more information coming 2014
Peru http://www.tr35peru.com/
Singapore (Southeast Asia) http://www.emtechsingapore.com/
Spain http://es.technologyreview.com/emtech/espana/
Uruguay http://www.tr35uruguay.com/

How is the list chosen?

Once all the nominees are in, the editors of MIT Technology Review winnow the group down to fewer than 100 finalists. The editors will solicit specific information from each finalist. This means that most nominees will not be asked for more information.

Do I have to participate in a regional competition to be selected for the global list?

No, that is not necessary.

Information for Nomination

I nominated someone for the Innovators Under 35 list and have not heard back from MIT Technology Review yet. What should I do?

You do not need to do anything. We will be in touch with the candidate directly if he or she becomes a finalist.

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 might request a separate letter of support for the nominee.

What is the age qualification?

You need to be under 35 by October 1 of the year of the award. If you are nominating someone now, he or she should turn 35 no earlier than October 1, 2015.

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 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. 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.

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 might be 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.

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 Finalists

What is the deadline to submit all required materials for nominations?

If you are selected as a finalist you will be contacted by email. You will then have until May 1 to submit additional materials, including reference letters.

How will MIT Technology Review contact finalists for additional information?

By e-mail.

What information is required from finalists?

A current CV or résumé; a personal statement; date of birth (winners must be under 35 by October 1 of the year of the award); 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.

Reference Letters

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 mailed?

A reference can be completed and mailed on official letterhead, or in reply to the e-mail that we will send.

Other questions? If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please e-mail TR35@technologyreview.com.