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Thursday, April 02, 2009

The EconomistInnovation Awards

Economist Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding innovators in the following categories:

Bioscience: includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agriculture

Business processes: enabling compounds, products, technologies or methodologies which underpin product discovery, design, or manufacturing, as well as fulfillment processes

Energy and the environment: includes energy, transportation, automotive

Social and economic innovation: novel technologies and business models that improve everyday lives (eg, microcredit)

Computing and telecommunications: includes hardware, software, security, telecommunications

Consumer products and services: may include the product, process, media or design

“No boundaries”: technology-based products or services that don't fit neatly into any of the above categories (this includes materials science, nanotechnology and other emerging fields, eg, blue-violet laser)

Criteria for selection

Nominees should be people, not companies, who are responsible for an innovation that has been a proven success in the past decade. Winners are selected based on their ideas':

• Impact on revenue of the nominee's sponsoring organisation, enterprise, or general economic or societal well-being

• Effect on a marketplace or the establishment of a new market; and

• Impact on an emerging branch of science and technology

Nomination process

Nominations are solicited from three sources: a distinguished panel of judges; Economist editors and writers; and Economist readers.

Nominations for the 2009 awards are now open and will be accepted until April 9th. Nominations from readers may be submitted by sending an e-mail or Word document to Submissions should include the name, contact information, and current affiliation of the nominee. Submissions should explain in 200 words or less why the nominee should receive the award.

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