The international Millennium Technology Prize, awarded by the Technology Academy Finland, is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life and sustainable development. The one-million-euro prize highlights the extensive impacts of science and technological innovations on society, even on humanity at large. A total of 72 innovations and 105 individuals were nominated for the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize by the nomination deadline. Health technology, biomedicine and materials and process technology received the most nominations.
Most of the nominations, which were submitted between 3 April and 31 July 2017, were from Europe, followed by the United States. Candidates were nominated most actively by universities and research institutions, while companies were somewhat more active than in the previous 7 editions of the prize. Asia was especially active in making submissions, with Asian organisations nominating three times as many innovations as in the previous nomination period in 2015.
The winner of the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize will be announced on 22 May 2018 in Helsinki, with the prize ceremony taking place on the same day. The winner will give a public talk on the winning innovation on 23 May 2018 at 9 am at Aalto University Otaniemi campus. The event will be held in English and is open to the public free of charge. The winner will also give a keynote address during the EUREKA Innovation Days in Helsinki (from 22 to 24 May).