Submit an Application
We are no longer accepting applications for 2013. On September 24 we will announce the laureates for The Tech Awards 2013.
We will accept applications for 2014 from January 1, 2014 - May 1, 2014.
To be considered as a Tech Awards laureate you must fill out the online application and provide two references.
Before applying for The Tech Awards, and to ensure that your application will be accepted, please check our Criteria Page. Among other questions, you will be asked the following:
- Identify the technology application
- Explain how the technology application benefits humanity
- What impact has the technology had on the relevant problem in the field?
- What is the potential for this technology to be used to serve more people?
If applying to the Kathermine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award you, and your team mates must be under the age of 27 as of December 31, 2013. Please check the other criteria for this category.
During the application process you will be required to provide two references (e.g., business colleagues, professors, mentors). You can access the application system as many times as you need to in order to understand and answer the questions on the form. Applications are not complete unless both references are included.
Read our Criteria Page to understand how we select applicants and prospective laureates, and learn more about each of the awards Categories. To get a feel for who selects The Tech Awards laureates, read the profiles of some of the Judges.
In order to be better prepared, the following are the questions from the application:
Please provide a 75 word profile of your technology as you would like it to appear in collateral materials.
Use the following format:
What serious problem or challenge with broad significance does your technology address? Explain the context in which your technology operates.
Please describe your technology, or novel application of an existing technology, with emphasis on the innovations(s) that you have contributed. How is your new technology or application distinctive from previous solutions addressing the same or similar problems?
What impact has your technology had on the relevant problem in the field? Who and how many people have benefited, and how? Please present evidence from credible sources to support the claimed impact. Note that objective, methodologically rigorous assessments of impact will be given the most weight by the judges. If there are unintended or negative consequences, please address these by discussing how you have, or plan to, deal with these issues
What is the potential for this technology to be used to serve more people? If you have plans to scale up, please discuss them. Could your work be a model for others to emulate, and/or could this technology be put to use in other places or contexts?
Does this work draw upon the intellectual property or substantive contributions of others who should be acknowledged and appropriately referenced?
The purpose of awarding the $75,000 or $25,000 cash prize is to contribute to solutions for the urgent challenges that The Tech Awards address. To that end, we ask you to briefly describe how the cash prize will be used if you are chosen to receive it.