The nomination period for the Millennium Technology Prize 2006, the world’s biggest technology award, has closed and the process of selecting a winner has begun. High-level proposals have been received from 32 countries.
Expressing his satisfaction with the geographical coverage of the nominations received, Dr. Tapio Alvesalo, Secretary General of the Millennium Prize Foundation and Secretary of the International Selection Committee, said ”In terms of international awareness of the Millennium Technology Prize, we are especially pleased to see stronger participation from Africa and Asia. The largest number of nominations from individual countries came from China and the USA.”
The award of the inaugural prize to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has set a very high standard. ”The quality of the nominations looks good. It is clear that our target group has recognised the special position of the Millennium Technology Prize as an award for applied technology that improves quality of life,” said Dr. Alvesalo.
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