NEXT100 is an annual awards program instituted by IT Next magazine and the 9.9 Group that aims to identify 100 experienced IT managers who have the skills, talent and spirit to become CIOs.

The awards process invites aspirants to self-nominate themselves for consideration and qualification for the award.

who can apply

To apply for the NEXT100 award, you need to have a minimum of seven years of work experience, be employed full time with an organization, and be a resident in India. Valid documentation of qualifications and skills, and professional references will be required during the evaluation process.

am I eligible?

why apply

By applying for the NEXT100 award, you get a free diagnosis of your personality, emotional and leadership traits from Central Test, France. You will have the opportunity to interact with India’s seasoned leaders. All NEXT100 award winners will be featured in a special book that will be circulated to the leaders of hundreds of top organizations.

why should I apply?


To apply for the NEXT100 award, register on this website. You can begin your application at any time. Your application and online evaluations must be completed by Thursday, 30th September 2021( Extended deadline).

show me the process


India’s leading CIOs and business leaders play a major role in steering the selection of the NEXT100 award winners. These NEXT100 jury members cumulatively represent hundreds of years of managerial experience and technical expertise. They define the selection criteria, interview candidates, and approve the list of winners.

THE CIO Masterclass

The CIO Masterclass program from ITNEXT is formulated to help aspiring CIOs acquire essential technical and emotional that will enable them be better leaders. The 1-day training sessions are conducted by experts, and feature talks by eminent management experts. During the program, all participants are tested extensively, and those who score above a minimum grade are awarded the CIO Masterclass certificate.


Over the years, the NEXT100 awards program has influenced the lives and careers of hundreds of IT professionals. Take at look at past award presentation ceremonies, the winners, and the training programs.