The 2016 GIST Tech-I Competition is focused on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, aged between 18-40 years old, who have either an idea or startup in Science and Technology fields, and who come from one of 135 emerging economies. The competition is a U.S. Department of State initiative and is implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The application is simple, requiring the submission of a short summary, an executive summary of 750-words, and a 90-second promotional video. This year citizens of 135 emerging economies are eligible to apply and following an initial expert panel review applications then go to the public vote. Up to thirty finalists will then win an all-inclusive paid trip to Silicon Valley, California to participate in the Finals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. At the finals, applicants will have the opportunity to win prizes, a year membership to AAAS, and every finalist will also receive up to 3 months one-on-one mentorship with top experts in their field or subject of interest.

This is an exceptionally exciting competition and here at AAAS we are extremely excited to ensure that all who are eligible to apply have the opportunity to do so.

Applications opened December 7, 2015 and will close January 15, 2016.

For access to promotional materials related to the competition including all documents, please visit www.gistnetwork.org/tech-i/howtoapply