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Top innovators under 35 in India

LiveMint logoLiveMint 02-03-2017 A Staff writer

Mint, the financial daily from the stable of HT Media Ltd, and MIT Technology Review, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), teamed up to identify the ‘Top 10 Innovators Under 35’ from India.

The search is over, with 10 winners emerging in the India edition of the Innovators Under 35 this year. These innovators will present a three-minute pitch at the EmTech India (emtech.livemint.com) conference, to be held on 9-10 March in New Delhi.

TR35 India opened nominations on 3 November 2016 and closed this window on 21 January. Past winners have come from start-ups, large companies, government agencies, non-profits, and from universities around the world. It was no different this year.

The 10 candidates were chosen from hundreds of applicants from areas like biomedicine, computing, communications, health, education, digital, energy, materials, cybersecurity, fintech, wearables, robotics, education and transportation. The 10 winners from India automatically qualify for the TR35 global competition.

The jury for the competition included acclaimed names from academic institutions, big technology companies and industry bodies (emtech.livemint.com/judges) including the editors of Mint and MIT Technology Review.

TR35 India picks the top innovators in the country under the age of 35 as on 1 October 2017. Nominees must be citizens of India. Organized by MIT Technology Review since 1999, the prestigious TR Innovators Under 35 global competition has honoured some of the world’s most brilliant tech minds like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla Inc.’s J.B. Straubel, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google.

Originally established as TR100, the annual TR35 global list recognizes the world’s 35 most outstanding innovators who are under 35 years of age.

The awards span a wide range of fields including biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, web and transportation. The goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems. To access details on the competition and nomination process, please click on emtech.livemint.com.

“History will recognize this decade as one of significant and disruptive technological change—from artificial intelligence to gene editing to commercial space travel, it is all happening now. And young people are at the forefront of this. Our partnership with MIT Technology Review is aimed at helping people navigate these changes (through EmTech India) and recognize young innovators (TR Innovators Under 35),” said R. Sukumar, editor, Mint.

The broad themes of the second edition of EmTech India to be held at the Pullman Hotel in New Delhi include digital life, cutting edge technologies—machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and a suite of other artificial intelligence technologies—virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, robotics, 3D printing, smart cities and connected health.

Confirmed speakers (emtech.livemint.com/speakers) at the event include K.T. Rama Rao, minister for IT, industries, mining, NRI affairs and urban development, Telangana; Arvind Gupta, national technology head, Bharatiya Janata Party; Norman Pearlstine, vice chairman, Time Inc.; Raimund Genes, global chief technology officer, Trend Micro Inc.; Chetan Dube, president and CEO, IPSoft; Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies; Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons; Prof. S. Sadagopan, director (president), IIIT-Bangalore; and John Rose, partner and managing director, BCG, New York.

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