What are Young Innovators to Watch Awards:

Young Innovators to Watch is an initiative of Living in Digital Times in cooperation with the Kay Family Foundation and other industry sponsors. The Award provides recognition to individuals or small teams (between the ages of 13 and 20) for developing projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity, user design, technical expertise and scalability.


What Types of Projects are Eligible for Entry?

Some examples include mobile apps, project that facilitate STEM and STEAM learning, robotics, hardware design and web sites. Award winners may receive in-kind prizes, media promotion, and other benefits through the award. Winners will be notified by June 30th, 2017 and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony held at the NY Metropolitan Pavilion during CE Week, 2017.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any student who attends school in NYC and will be older than 13 and younger than 20 by the application deadline. (June 1)  Products may have been developed as a result of school, extracurricular, or outside-of-school activities, including hackathons, community events, consulting projects or entrepreneurial activities. All submissions must:

  1. Have an applicant that has fully complied with all of the Official Rules of the Award. The applicant has committed no fraud or deception in any element of the award including, but not limited to, entering the award or in claiming the prize. The applicant specifically represents that the submission made in the award was original, the work of the applicant’ team, organization, or themselves, and does not violate the intellectual property, common law or privacy rights of other parties. The applicant further represents that as of the date entered into this Award and date of this declaration, the applicant was an eligible entrant of the award.
  2. Projects that were the result of a team effort may be submitted for an award. Teams are limited to submitting one application form that lists all affiliated team members. All members of the team must meet the age requirements for the Award. The person submitting a team application will be used by LIDT to communicate with the team. Recommendation letters should reflect familiarity with the team’s work, process and character.

The Award is subject to all applicable United States federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and the Administrator, partner and affiliate’s decisions, which are final and binding on all matters related to the Award. Winning an award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


When are the regional NYC application deadlines?

February 25
Open for Applications

June 1
Deadline for Applications

 June 2 – 29
Judging to select Finalists

June 30th
Finalists announced

July 12
Live event at CE Week, Metropolitan Ballroom