This award is acknowledged by The

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)

strategic partnerS
strategic partnerS
ecosystem partners
media partners
ECOSYSTEM partners
media partners

About The Award

Innovation has become a lifeline for many of us. We are witnessing how technology acceleration, especially through digital adoption, coupled with innovation has been a powerful mechanism in paving the way to uplift the economy out of a downturn since Covid began.

The strength, creativity and perseverance that we see, hear and read is remarkably vibrant! With so many great stories of how businesses have responded and reacted and even managed to accelerate growth, it is imperative that the Top In Tech Innovation Awards, brought to you by Digital News Asia and Malaysiakini, honours these innovators, businesses, and their massive efforts that reflect the best face of Malaysia Boleh.

Celebrating Remarkable Innovators and Recognizing Ground-Breaking Technology Adoptions

Please submit your entries
before 31 October 2021
through the online forms
available here.

SUBMISSION

This applies to 6 categories mentioned below. Please select the category that is best suited to your innovation.

The Entry Guidelines Kit is available for download to find out more about the criteria for each category and the judging process.

Category Lead Judges

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration and
Young Innovator of the Year

Best Pivot

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Raja Teh
Maimunah

Managing Director Wholesale Banking,
Ambank Group

Thillai
Raj

Senior Technology Advisor,
Wise Al

Joel
Neoh

Co-Founder,
Fave

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Category Lead Judges

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Best Pivot

Raja Teh
Maimunah

Managing Director Wholesale Banking,
Ambank Group

Joel Neoh

Co-Founder,
Fave

Most Impactful Public Sector Driving Digital Adoption

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration and Young Innovator of the Year

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia
Semiconductor
Industry Association

Thillai Raj

Senior Technology Advisor,
Wise Al

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Eight
Categories

The judges will be seeking innovators that have skillfully leveraged and incorporated technology into their business to secure a competitive advantage in today’s landscape despite the pandemic in the following categories.

Innovator
of The Year

Recognises a person who has developed a breakthrough innovation / has displayed a streak of innovation throughout their career / is a leader who inspires a community and helps spread an innovative mentality towards improving lives and serve as an inspiration to all.

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

This award recognises a Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing business through the adoption of technology amidst the disruptions caused by Covid. Eligible to those with a minimum annual revenue of RM100 million.

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Commercial Category:

This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry over the past 12 months (Nov 2021 to Oct 2022) to strengthen the delivery of its curriculum and ensure graduates are industry ready from the Get Go!

R&D Category:

This award recognises a University whose research has been done with either the private sector or an international partner AND where the results are now tangible and being used by industry.

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

A Federal Level & State Level Government Agency that has:

i. Adopted digital to significantly improve the delivery of their services to the Rakyat, to Business or to Investors.

Or

ii. Launched Digital Skills/Adoption programs in collaboration with stakeholders that has seen strong and measurable outcomes.

Most Innovative

Startup

This award recognises a startup, founded by visionary entrepreneurs with innovative products or services that aim to disrupt the industry with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that is producing or providing innovative products or services that aim to disrupt the industry with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Most Promising

Startup

This award recognises a startup in operation for below 18 months that has shown excellent resilience, productivity, and promising scalability with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that has shown excellent resilience, productivity and promising scalability with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Best Pivot

Startup

This award recognises a startup that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Young Innovator
of the Year

This award, curated for Gen Z, will salute a young talent or team for displaying outstanding creativity and an innovative mindset in developing new or improving processes and products for today or tomorrow.

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For enquiries about the Awards
and brand partnerships, please contact
This award is
acknowledged by The

Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation
(MOSTI)

strategic partnerS
Ecosystem partners
MEDIA PARTNERS

About The Award

Recognising leaders who have done an outstanding job leveraging technology and innovation during these challenging times.

Innovation has become a lifeline for many of us. We are witnessing how technology acceleration, especially through digital adoption, coupled with innovation has been a powerful mechanism in paving the way to uplift the economy out of a downturn since Covid began.


The strength, creativity and perseverance that we see, hear and read is remarkably vibrant! With so many great stories of how businesses have responded and reacted and even managed to accelerate growth, it is imperative that the Top In Tech Innovation Awards, brought to you by Digital News Asia and Malaysiakini, honours these innovators, businesses, and their massive efforts that reflect the best face of Malaysia Boleh.​

Celebrating Remarkable Innovators & Recognizing Ground-Breaking Technology Adoptions

Congratulations to the winners in 2021!

News

Category Lead Judges

MOST IMPACTFUL ACADEMIA - INDUSTRY COLLABORATION & YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Thillai Raj

Senior
Technology Advisor,

MOST IMPACTFUL PUBLIC SECTOR DRIVING DIGITAL ADOPTION

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,

BEST PIVOT

Joel Neoh

Co-Founder,

BEST BRICK &
MORTAR ADOPTION

Raja Teh Maimunah

Managing Director
Wholesale Banking,

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,

Karamjit
Singh

Chief
Executive Officer,

8 Categories

The judges will be seeking innovators that have skillfully leveraged and incorporated technology into their business to secure a competitive advantage in today’s landscape despite the pandemic in the following categories.

Recognises a person who has developed a breakthrough innovation / has displayed a streak of innovation throughout their career / is a leader who inspires a community and helps spread an innovative mentality towards improving lives and serve as an inspiration to all.

This award recognises a Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing business through the adoption of technology amidst the disruptions caused by Covid. Eligible to those with a minimum annual revenue of RM100 million.

Commercial Category:
This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry over the past 12 months (Nov 2021 to Oct 2022) to strengthen the delivery of its curriculum and ensure graduates are industry ready from the Get Go!

R&D Category: 
This award recognises a University whose research has been done with either the private sector or an international partner AND where the results are now tangible and being used by industry. 

A Federal Level & State Level Government Agency that has: 

  • i. Adopted digital to significantly improve the delivery of their services to the Rakyat, to Business or to Investors.

Or

  • ii. Launched Digital Skills/Adoption programs in collaboration with stakeholders that has seen strong and measurable outcomes.

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Startup
This award recognises a startup, founded by visionary entrepreneurs with innovative products or services that aim to disrupt the industry with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that is producing or providing innovative products or services that aim to disrupt the industry with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Startup
This award recognises a startup in operation for below 18 months that has shown excellent resilience, productivity, and promising scalability with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that has shown excellent resilience, productivity and promising scalability with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Startup
This award recognises a startup that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

This award, curated for Gen Z, will salute a young talent or team for displaying outstanding creativity and an innovative mindset in developing new or improving processes and products for today or tomorrow.

ORGANISED BY
For enquiries about the Awards and
brand partnerships, please contact

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