What are the Young Innovators to Watch Awards?:

Young Innovators to Watch is an initiative of Living in Digital Times in cooperation with leading industry sponsors. The Award provides recognition to individuals or small teams whose participants are between the ages of 13 and 20. They are  awarded for developing projects that demonstrate exceptional technical expertise using emerging technologies.


Can Any Student Enter? 

Students must be residents of North America:  The US, Mexico and Canada. Students who are home-schooled are allowed to enter as well. 


What Types of Projects are Eligible for Entry?

Some examples include mobile apps, projects that facilitate STEM and STEAM learning, robotics, hardware design and web sites. Past winners have included medical devices, IoT devices and even advances in Quantum computing. 


What do Students Win? 

Award winners receive a all expense paid trip to Las Vegas for them and one accompanying adult.  Plus, they win $1,000 in cash and some technology gifts like notebooks and mobile phones. Plus we have a large awards ceremony where students present their projects to an audience of 500 CES attendees. 


What are the Important Dates? 


  • Applications Open Sept 2
  • Applications Close Nov. 22
  • Winners Announced Dec 13
  • Awards Ceremony Jan. 9, at CES in Las Vegas


What Do I Need to Apply?

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.