Rolex Awards For Enterprise: You Can Help Pick The WinnersWritten by Alvin Wong
Voting for Rolex’s illustrious award is now open to the public.
Besides making the world’s most desirable watches, Rolex wants us to know that it is equally committed to helping the world be the best it can be. And one of the ways the watch brand does so is through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, an annual award launched over 40 years ago to celebrate men and women who devote themselves to the advancement of our planet via the preservation of its natural resources, advancement of knowledge and the protection of human wellbeing.
This year’s awards come with a neat twist – the public is allowed to have a say in selecting the five laureates. The 10 finalists and their projects are now featured online and on social media, so that you can learn more about who they are, what they do, and choose who you believe to be most deserving of the prize. Your votes will be taken into account with consideration by a special international jury comprising 10 experts in the eco-conservation, technology and social entrepreneurship.
Scrolling through the list ourselves, it must be said that we are left in awe – and you are in for some tough decisions. Among these finalists are Miranda Wang from Canada, a 25-year-old molecular biologist looking at ways to turn unrecyclable plastic ways into consumer products like cars and electronics; and Brian Gitta, a 26-year-old from Uganda who developed a low-cost, portable device to aid in super-fast diagnosis of malaria.
Click here to vote and find out more.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.