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.
Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company editors and reporters
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 fastcompany.com
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
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