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Posted: March 9, 2009
Nominations for the Millennium Technology Prize 2010 have started
(Nanowerk News) The Technology Academy Foundation is looking for nominees for the biggest technology award in the world, the Millennium Technology Prize. The award will be given for a technical innovation that improves the quality of life. Nomination will be accepted until 1 October 2009.
The award, with a value of more than one million euros, will now be given for the fourth time. The Finnish distinction to innovators in the field of technology will be presented to a research team, or one to three people, whose work has played a crucial part in the creation of a new innovation.
“Climate change and the sufficiency of fresh water are examples of problems threatening mankind, and new technology innovations are required to solve them. The most important evaluation criterion is the innovation’s favourable impact on the life of people, and on sustainable development,” says Ainomaija Haarla, President and CEO of the Foundation.
Nomination can be made by scientific societies, universities, research institutions, companies and associations. Candidates cannot nominate themselves. Nominations will be processed by the International Prize Committee, consisting of experts in different fields of technology.
The first award, presented in 2004, was given to Tim Berners-Lee, the developer of the World Wide Web. In 2006, the winner was Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the white LED; in 2008, Robert Langer received the Prize for the biomaterials he had developed for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration.