Millennium Technology Prize to be awarded on 24 May

3 May 2016

The biannual Millennium Technology Prize, Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life, will be awarded on 24 May 2016 in the Great Hall of the University of Helsinki. The aim of the Prize is to highlight the role of disruptive innovations in sustainable development and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state. The Prize is awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF). Marja Makarow, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland, chairs the TAF Board.

This will be the seventh time the Millennium Technology Prize is awarded. Previous winners include Stuart Parkin for improvements to data storage density, Linus Torvalds for developing an open-source operating system, Shinya Yamanaka for contributions to ethical stem cell research and Michael Grätzel for developing dye-sensitised solar cells. The Prize will be presented to the winner by the President of the Republic of Finland Mr Sauli Niinistö. The ceremony will be moderated by Sirpa Jalkanen, Academician of Science.

Finnish scientific community exceptionally active in submitting nominations

This year Technology Academy Finland received a record-high number of nominations. There were more Finnish and female candidates than ever before.  TAF received 79 innovation nominations (40 in 2013) and 114 inventor nominations (45 in 2013). The largest number of candidates came from Europe and the United States.

The winner of the Prize will give a presentation on the awarded innovation and its significance to sustainable development on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 17.30 in the Assembly Hall at Aalto University School of Business. The moderator of the discussion is Academy Professor Howy Jacobs. Before the presentation, starting at 15.00, leading experts in education, science and business will conduct a two-hour  discussion entitled  “What does it take to become an innovator?” .

The panel discussion and the winner’s presentation will be in English. Register for the winner’s presentation and the panel discussion here.

Source: Technology Academy Finland

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