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About the Awards

Planet Earth is facing many challenges as our growing population requires more food and energy, and is constantly using more resources. Something must change. Ultimately, it will be engineers and scientists who solve the problems and pave the way for future generations.

When the IET reached its 150-year anniversary in 2021, it seemed an appropriate time to draw a line in the sand and identify what we called the seven Critical Targets. These broadly cover sustainability, alternative energy sources, diversity, trust and truth, inspiration, future mobility and global family. IET President at the time Professor Danielle George, who acknowledged the role of engineering and technology sectors in providing the majority of the world with shelter, health, education, entertainment, communications and more. “As remarkable as all of our achievements are,” says George, “there are a great many more challenges ahead of us, and I think these seven targets really encapsulate all of those.”

These seven Critical targets have now been embedded in the E&T Innovation Awards. Many of our categories reflect the societal impact that engineers can make, and our hope is that these Awards will identify and promote the innovators who stand at the doorway of positive change.

Not every innovation needs to change the world of course. The E&T Innovation Awards give global recognition to those who are creating solutions which are delivering a return and that could be in sentiment, sales, engagement or behaviour.

If you are working on cutting edge innovations or initiatives which have the potential to make dramatic improvements to modern society then you’ve come to the right place.

If you become a finalist, we will be promoting to 168,000 engineering and technology professionals through a wide variety of media from magazines and online communities, to webinars and email newsletters.

Previously known as the IET Innovation Awards, in 2020 we rebranded the Awards as the E&T Innovation Awards.

What did our guests think of our hybrid 2021 ceremony?

"Inspiring experience, had a great day and met some amazing people!"
Alfie Mcmeeking

"It was really excellent to see the breath of innovation demonstrated at the IET awards and to see that the IET awards attracted so much international participation."
Mike Morrisroe

"Crypto Quantique was delighted to attend and win an award at such a prestigious event. This sort of recognition is priceless to improving our brand image."
Ben Walshe

"A great atmosphere and a chance to chat to some inspiring innovators!"
Quillon Harpham

About E&T

E&T is the IET’s award-winning monthly magazine and associated website for professional engineers, with a circulation of approximately 140,000. It covers all areas of engineering and technology through exclusive news, features, analysis, announcements and job adverts. The printed edition of E&T Magazine is sent to IET members nine times per year and the digital edition is published 12 times per year. There is also a daily supply of unique online content supplied by our dedicated news team.

The scope of E&T’s coverage is very broad and is aimed at professionals working in all areas of engineering and technology, including the key industry sectors of the built environment, design and production, energy, information and communications and transport.

Its award-winning content is available in print, online and on tablet computers for iOS, Android and Kindle. E&T is published by the IET for its members, but non-members can subscribe through the usual app stores.

"There is a clear and positive link between diversity and innovation. Multiple studies have shown that diversity enhances creativity and provide better products and services that reflect the communities they serve. The E&T Innovation Awards will demonstrate the importance of diversity to achieve more innovative outcomes."

Nike Folayan, Chair, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
Chair of Judges, Diversity & Inclusion