About Innovators Under 35

The search is on for 20 innovators from the MENA region, whose superb technical work promises to change the world. Who do you think belongs on the regional Innovators Under 35 list?

Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has honored the young innovators whose inventions and research we find most exciting. Today that collection is Innovators Under 35, a list of technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35. Their work – spanning biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, software, transportation, web and internet, and more – is changing our world.

The 20 selected innovators will present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech MENA. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 June 2019. They must be citizens or current residents (including students) of one of the MENA countries.

Questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

*Self-nomination is allowed


9 April 2019Nominations Open
18 August 2019Nominations Deadline 
June – September 2019Judging and selection process
20 October 2019Announcement of 20 honorees via website and press release
4-5 November 2019Presentation and ceremony at EmTech MENA