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25 Under 25

As part of its 25th anniversary, the Internet Society will recognize 25 individuals between the ages of 13-25 who are passionate about using the Internet to make a difference.   In September, the awardees will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a chance to connect and collaborate with other young leaders from around the world.

25 years ago, the Internet Society was founded by a group of people who believed the Internet is for everyone. Now we will meet the next generation of online innovators, who are using the Internet in ways we can only imagine.

We asked you to nominate someone you know who is using the Internet to make an impact in their community and beyond. We have been inspired to read the many nominations from across the globe. Nominations are now closed and the selection process is underway.

The 25 awardees will be flown to Los Angeles, where they will be honored in a special ceremony before participating in three days of networking and leadership development. These several days will provide a fantastic opportunity to connect with other young innovators from around the world — and some of the people who made the Internet what it is today.

The selection criteria

    The nominees must:
  • Be using the Internet to make a positive impact
  • Have a commitment and passion to make the world better
  • Be making a difference in their community
  • Have ideas that can be implemented around the world
  • Be between the ages of 13-25 by 31 December 2017


  • 16 March - Nominations open
  • 31 May - Nominations close
  • Mid-July - Awardees notified
  • September 16/17 - Travel to Los Angeles
  • September 17 - Special reception for awardees
  • September 18 - Collaborative Leadership Exchange (unconference) and attend Internet Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner
  • September 19/20: Leadership development and community engagement programmes

If you’re chosen it means:

  • Roundtrip economy-class travel for awardee and double occupancy lodging in Los Angeles from 16/17-21 September 2017
  • Formal recognition the evening of 17 September at a special reception
  • Invitation to the Internet Hall of Fame inductee ceremony and dinner on 18 September
  • Opportunity to meet and engage with the Internet Society team and the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductees
  • Participation in Collaborative Leadership Exchange in an unconference format on 18 September
  • Leadership development and community engagement programmes on 19-20 September

Watch for the announcement of our 25 under 25 awardees in September!