Next Big Thing In Tech

Fast Company is excited to introduce a new recognition program: Next Big Things In Tech, which will highlight new technology breakthroughs that promise to help define the future of the industries they serve. We’re looking for products, services, features, research, and other technological efforts that are on their way to having a positive impact for consumers, businesses, or society at large in the next five years.

Entries from around the world, from any type of company or industry—including small-but-vital projects as well as large industry-shifting advances—are encouraged to apply. Award-worthy applications will showcase new, groundbreaking technology or reveal a completely innovative application for existing tech.

Applications will be judged on relevancy, ingenuity, and current and potential cultural and business impact. For full application details, see the FAQs.

The entry period for the 2021 Next Big Things in Tech Awards is now closed. Please click here to sign up for future award notifications.

Why Apply

Brand Exposure
Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company editors and reporters

Break News
Tell your organization’s story to the world; highlight the success of teams within your organization—or partners who’ve helped with your success

Speaking engagements at Fast Company events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only events

Appear in the Winter 2021 issue of Fast Company and on

Gain the Fast Company stamp of approval for creating a truly breakthrough technology


AI and Data

Innovations in artificial intelligence, algorithms, and data science, including both customer-facing products and under-the-hood technologies

Consumer Electronics

Computing and communications devices, gadgets, smart-home gear, and related hardware, software, and services

Enterprise and Productivity

Software, hardware, and services for use in businesses and workplaces of all sizes


AR, VR, and other new experiences that connect us with the digital world

Robotics and Automation

Robots and supporting technologies as well as innovations in areas such as manufacturing and automated retail

General Next Tech

Any and all technology innovations outside of the categories above that have a positive business or cultural impact

Computing, Chips, and Foundational Technology

Processors, quantum computing, enabling tech such as lidar and 5G, and other core technologies


Renewables, battery technology, and other innovations focused on energy efficiency


Medical, wellness, and fitness innovations, from products to research projects

Media and Entertainment

Streaming services, gaming, social media, and platform technologies such as ad tech


Technologies relating to aerospace, automotive, autonomy, mass transit, and beyond