India’s top innovators under 35

The search is over, with eight winners making it to the India edition of the Innovators Under 35 list this year


Eight innovators will present a three-minute pitch at the two-day EmTech India 2016, to be held on 18-19 March in New Delhi.
Eight innovators will present a three-minute pitch at the two-day EmTech India 2016, to be held on 18-19 March in New Delhi.

Mumbai: 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 on 1 October 2015 to identify Indian citizens under the age of 35 working on innovations that promise to shape the coming decades.

That search is over, with eight winners making it to the India edition of the Innovators Under 35 list this year.

These eight innovators will also present a three-minute pitch at the two-day EmTech India 2016, to be held on 18-19 March in New Delhi.

They will automatically become finalists for the global Innovators Under 35 list.

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 Motors 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.

The nomination window for the TR Innovators Under 35 in India was open from 29 October 2015 to 15 January 2016.

The jury for this competition included acclaimed names from academic institutions, big technology companies and industry bodies (http://emtech.livemint.com/judges).

To access details on the competition and nomination process, please click on http://emtech.livemint.com.

“The mission of MIT Technology Review is to equip audiences with the intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology,” Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher, said.

He added, “Our goal is to extend this mission around the world, explaining the technologies that will have lasting impact on our lives. We’re proud to work with Mint to identify young innovators and showcase their talents at EmTech India.”

The broad themes of EmTech India 2016 include digital life, cutting edge technology (robots/drones/3D printing), smart cities, connected health and artificial intelligence.

“Innovation is the key to India’s ability to leapfrog economic and technological cycles. And young innovators are the key to this in a country where 25% of the population is between the ages of 20 and 35. In keeping with our mission to ‘serve as an unbiased and clear-minded chronicler of the Indian dream’, we are happy to partner with MIT Technology Review for both EmTech India and TR Innovators Under 35,” said R. Sukumar, editor, Mint.

Confirmed speakers at the event include R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems Inc. and chairman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC); Jack Hidary, senior advisor to Google X and chairman of Samba Energy; Marc Carrel-Billiard, global managing director, Technology R&D, Accenture; Una-May O’Reilly, principal research scientist, AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) Group, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Harsh Mariwala, chairman of Marico Ltd; and Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India (http://emtech.livemint.com/speakers)

Innovators that promise to shape future:

Arijit Biswas, researcher, Xerox Research Centre India
Arijit Biswas, researcher, Xerox Research Centre India

Nidhi Agrawal, manager (R&D), Pluss Advanced Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Nidhi Agrawal, manager (R&D), Pluss Advanced Technologies Pvt. Ltd

Piyush Agrawal, founder and chief executive officer, SuperProfs.com
Piyush Agrawal, founder and chief executive officer, SuperProfs.com

Richa Bajpai, co-founder and director, NextGen
Richa Bajpai, co-founder and director, NextGen

Roopam Sharma, researcher, Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre—an R&D centre of Manav Rachna Educational Institutions
Roopam Sharma, researcher, Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre—an R&D centre of Manav Rachna Educational Institutions

Shivani Gupta, research scholar, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
Shivani Gupta, research scholar, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Umesh Sachdev, co-founder and chief executive officer, Uniphore Software Systems Pvt. Ltd
Umesh Sachdev, co-founder and chief executive officer, Uniphore Software Systems Pvt. Ltd

Vignesh Subrahmaniam, lead scientist, GE Global Research
Vignesh Subrahmaniam, lead scientist, GE Global Research