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
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NATCHA THAWESAENGSKULTHAI, PH.D.VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING, INNOVATION, AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Associate Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai, Ph.D., is a Vice President for Strategic Planning, Innovation and Global Engagement. She envisions the futures of higher education and leads CU Innovation Hub, Siam Innovation District, and CU Enterprise that empowers talents, and develops over 100 innovation enterprises or startups with a total market valuation of 500 million USD benefiting over 2 million citizens. She found the School of Integrated Innovation that provides a transdisciplinary platform in the context of future-oriented and demand driven education, research and innovation enterprise. She is also an international policy advisory committee of Association of Pacific Rims University and an Honorary Ambassador of the 9th/10th World Invention Creativity Olympics, Seoul Korea 2020 - 2021. Committing to Innovations for Society, Chula ranks “No.1 in Asia and No.23rd in the World” (the highest-ranking that any Thai university has ever received) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG 15 (Life on Land) are Top in ASEAN by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021.
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.
WILLIAM BAO BEANGENERAL PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
SOSV / CHINACCELERATOR / MOX
William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #2 most active venture capital investor in the world in (3Q20, Pitchbook) with US$855m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex in Fall 2015. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing startups with free user acquisition to the 70m monthly active smartphone users in the ecosystem. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. William started his career in equity research most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on the IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft, eLong (Expedia China), OnMobile, Rediff and Naukri.