Nominations for the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize open

Millennium Technology Prize is Finland's tribute to innovations for a better life. Nomination period for one of the world’s most important awards for a ground-breaking innovation will run from 1 April until 31 July 2019. Aalto University is a strategic partner of 2020 Millennium Technology Prize.
Tuomo Suntola
Last year the Millennium Prize was awarded to Dr. Tuomo Suntola, alumnus of Aalto. Photo: Aalto University/ Lasse Lecklin

The Millennium Technology Prize highlights the extensive impact of science and innovation on the well-being of society. The Prize is one million euros and awarded every second year by Technology Academy Finland, an independent foundation. 

The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded for groundbreaking technological innovations that benefit millions of people around the world by:

  • enhancing quality of life
  • promoting sustainable development and mitigation of climate change
  • generating applications with global commercial viability
  • creating new socioeconomic value stimulating further cutting-edge research and development in science and technology

Who is the next winner of the Millennium Technology Prize?

Former winners of the Millennium Technology Prize include Shinya Yamanaka for the development of ethical stem cells, Tim Berners-Lee for the World Wide Web, and Tuomo Suntola for ALD, a nanoscale technology that enables the manufacturing of modern, high-performance computers and smart devices. Suntola has a doctoral degree from Aalto University's predecessor Helsinki University of Technology.

Nominations for the prize are welcomed from organizations anywhere in the world and in all fields of technology except military technology. The nominee can be a single person or a team. 

The 2020 Millennium Technology Prize will be awarded in Helsinki Metropolitan area, Finland, on 26 May 2020. The prize is awarded by the independent foundation Technology Academy Finland. The nominees will be evaluated by the International Selection Committee, composed of leading experts in research and industry. Aalto University Professor Päivi Törmä is the Chair of the Selection Committee. The patron of the Millennium Technology Prize is the President of the Republic of Finland. The award sum of one million euros is donated by the Finnish Government. 

Nominations and additional information
Nominations can only be submitted via TAF’s electronic nomination portal between 1 April and 31 July 2019. The portal and detailed nomination criteria and instructions can be found at millenniumprize.fi/cfn.

Detailed instructions and inquiries 
Annukka JyrämäSenior Advisor
Aalto University                                                                                                   
+358 050 373 2238
[email protected]

Ari Ahonen, CEO
Technology Academy Finland
+358 400 618 300
[email protected]

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: 
@millenniumprize

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