The MIT Technology Review revealed its annual list of Innovators Under 35 today (16th August 2017) featuring nine Asians (26%), in its five categories of entrepreneurs, humanitarians, inventors, pioneers and visionaries. Although largely USA-based, the list recognised Radha Boya, a scientist who works at the University of Manchester’s Graphene Research Institute in the UK, for her work on graphene in creating the world’s narrowest fluid channel which can transform filtration of water and gases.

Other Asians recognised in list include: Kathy Gong, co-Founder of Wafa Games who is developing new models for entrepreneurship in China; Bill Liu of Royole, which manufactures flexible components that could change the way people use electronics; Jianxiong Xiao whose company AutoX aims to make self-driving cars more accessible; Tracy Chou, a former Pinterest software engineer and Founder of Project Include that aims to bring tech’s dismal diversity numbers out into the open; Neha Narkhede, co-Founder of Confluent which is helping companies make sense of data; Gang Wang, who joined Alibaba’s AI lab in March 2017 and is at the forefront of the push to make AI practical for consumer products; Suchi Saria, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University who is putting existing medical data to work to predict sepsis risk and Hanqing Wu, the chief security scientist at Alibaba Cloud, who is developing a A cheaper solution against devastating hacking attacks.

For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. “Over the years, we’ve had success in recognizing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of technology that will change the way we work and live,” says editor David Rotman. “Past honorees include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate.

2017 Innovators Under 35


Tallis Gomes, EasyTaxi and Singu
Kathy Gong, Wafa Games
Rachel Haurwitz, Caribou Biosciences
Bill Liu, Royole Corporation
Jianxiong Xiao, AutoX


Eyad Janneh,
Suchi Saria, Johns Hopkins University
Katherine Taylor, Khethworks


Gene Berdichevsky, Sila Nanotechnologies
Radha Boya, University of Manchester
Ian Goodfellow, Google Brain
Svenja Hinderer, Fraunhofer IGB
Lorenz Meier, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Olga Russakovsky, Princeton University
Michael Saliba, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzlerland
Gregory Wayne, DeepMind


Jessica Brillhart, Independent filmmaker
Joshua Browder, DoNotPay
Phillipa Gill, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Fabian Menges, IBM Research
Volodymyr Mnih, DeepMind
Austin Russell, Luminar
Angela Schoellig, University of Toronto
Jenna Wiens, University of Michigan
Hanqing Wu, Alibaba Cloud


Viktor Adalsteinsson, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Greg Brockman, OpenAI
Tracy Chou, Project Include
Abdigani Diriye, Innovate Ventures
Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley
Neha Narkhede, Confluent
Adrienne Porter Felt, Google
Amanda Randles, Duke University
Gang Wang, Alibaba’s A.I. Labs

This year’s honorees will be featured online at starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on August 29. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 6–9 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (