Each submission to the International Innovations Awards® (IIA) will be judged by independent pool of innovation experts, academicians and trade journalists who are neither involved in your industry nor have any direct interest from awarding you the award. This ensures that the judging is both impartial & transparent
Categories & Measurement
Note: This category is further divided into ‘ideas’ – products that are at developmental stage and has yet to be commercialized, and ‘leaders’ – products that have been launched into the market.
Innovation distinction, Practicality and performance, Commercial viability, and Social and economic impact.
Products submitted must have been invented or commercialised within the last 12 months prior to submission.
Service & Solution
Innovation distinction, Problem solved, Replicability and institutional support, and Measurable results.
Innovative services and solutions, including improved processes (patented or otherwise) may be submitted under this category, provided such services and solutions commenced within the last 12 months prior to submission.
Organisation & Culture
Definition and reach, Impact and sustainability, Replicability and institutional support, and Measurable results.
All registered organisations including businesses, not-for-profit and government agencies. There is no preset timeline for the existence of an innovation culture or program, but these must be demonstrated and collaborated by third party evidence.
By invitation only.
Panel of Jurors
PROFESSOR NATCHA THAWESAENGSKULTHAI, PH.D.VICE PRESIDENT FOR INNOVATION AND NEW DEVELOPMENT
Associate Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Innovation and New Development of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She leads CU Innovation Hub that empowers talents, and develops over 100 innovative startups with market valuation of USD 0.5 billion. Recently, she spearheaded Siam Innovation District (SID), a PPP platform of innovation ecosystem in Bangkok connecting ASEAN University Innovation and Enterprise (AUN-UIE), and the School of Integrated Innovation offering the first Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in AI and Entrepreneurship. She obtained her PhD in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management from the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research work “Claim Di”, a mobile application or facilitating communication and claims between drivers and their insurance companies have won a number of publication awards from Emerald, Asian Network for Quality, and IEEE: International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Applications.
ANNA SIMPSONDIRECTOR AND CHIEF INNOVATION COACH
Anna Simpson is Director and Chief Innovation Coach at Flux Compass, a Hong Kong-based consultancy supporting companies and individuals to navigate complex change today and thrive. She is also Curator of the Futures Centre, a global hub tracking emerging trends, and former Editor of the sustainable solutions magazine Green Futures. Anna is a professional life coach, facilitator and speaker, and the author of two books: The Innovation-Friendly Organization (2017) and The Brand Strategist’s Guide to Desire (2014).
MR. MAKOTO SHIBATAHEAD OF FINOLAB, CHIEF COMMUNITY OFFICER
Since July 2019, he is in charge of community management and ecosystem development of FINOLAB, FinTech Hub in central Tokyo with 50 startup members and 14 corporate members. In his former position at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, he was leading R&D initiatives in emerging technology and planning of online/mobile financial services since 1998, involved in a wide range of projects for both retail and wholesale customers. His previous career, starting in The Bank of Tokyo, includes Corporate Planning, Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Retail Customer Services. After leaving the bank in Sep. 2018, he became an Executive Fellow of Japan Digital Design, innovation arm of the bank, and spent 6 months at Oxford University as an Academic Visitor to conduct research on FinTech. He holds Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo and Master of Science in Development Economics from University of Oxford.
NADIA MAGNENAT THALMANNPROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA INNOVATION
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE
Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is Professor and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also the Founder and Director of the MIRALab, an interdisciplinary lab in Human Computer Animation, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her research domains are Social Robots, mixed realities and medical simulation. In Singapore, she has developed the robot Nadine alike of herself that is able to speak, recognize people and gestures, express mood and emotions, and remember actions. All over her career, she has received several artistic and scientific Awards, among them the 2012 Humboldt Research Award and two Doctor Honoris Causa (from University of Hanover in Germany and from the University of Ottawa in Canada). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal The Visual Computer (Springer-Verlag) and is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
PHILIPPE DE RIDDERCEO & FOUNDER
BOARD OF INNOVATION / MATTERHOOD
Philippe founded Board of Innovation (the global strategy and innovation firm) and is currently leading the company as its CEO. Philippe holds a Master in Applied Economics, and a Master in Science on Innovation. He has been building growth strategies and innovative business with World Economic Forum, Philips, European Commission, Toyota, ING, and many more. Philippe is Author and Speaker on The Low Touch Economy; and has founded various ventures.