About NEXT100

NEXT100 is an annual awards program instituted by ITNext 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.

All NEXT100 award applicants must apply for award on the NEXT100 web site (https://next100.itnext.in), complete and submit the form. They will also need to fulfil other mandatory requirements like obtaining referee recommendations, psychometric tests, and jury interviews.

The final selection and nomination of the NEXT100 award recipients is made by a prestigious committee of experienced technology and business leaders who constitute the NEXT100 jury (https://next100.itnext.in/jurypanel/2018). The jury members review and evaluate applicants on career accomplishments, professional expertise, skills and potential to be a CIO.

The NEXT100 program will culminate in a gala ceremony (https://next100.itnext.in/gallery/event-2018), where each winner is felicitated with a trophy and citation. All award winners are also featured in a commemorative book (https://next100.itnext.in/next100book/2018) that is circulated to India’s leading CIOs, and will become members of the exclusive NEXT100 club (https://next100club.itnext.in/).

Why Apply?

The NEXT100 is India’s only award that recognizes the achievements of senior IT managers, and identifies prospective leaders. Now in its eleventh year, the awards program is widely appreciated by management leaders in leading organizations. See what past award winners have to say about the program https://next100.itnext.in/testimonialsGallery

By registering and applying for the NEXT100 2020 awards (which is free of cost), you get the following benefits:

  • Free analysis reports of your personality traits, leadership styles and emotional quotient from one of the world's leading evaluation companies, Central Test of France.
  • Get exclusive invitations to attend a variety of round table sessions and training workshops, and the opportunity to interact and learn from experts and peers
  • Become eligible to attend the CIO Masterclass program (https://next100.itnext.in/pocketcio), and get exposed to latest technologies and IT strategies
  • Get the opportunity to interact with India’s leading CIOs and technology leaders
  • Be recognized in commemorative book that is circulated to hundreds of top organizations in India, if you qualify for the NEXT100 2020 award

How to Apply ?

To apply for the NEXT100 2020 award, you need to register on this site. There is NO application fee for registering or participating in the NEXT100 awards process.

Registration will enable you to track the progress of your NEXT100 application, apply for the CIO Masterclass program, download white papers and case studies, and get other useful information.

  • To start your NEXT100 application, click on "Apply Now" link (https://next100.itnext.in/dashboard) at the top of this page
  • You will be redirected to the Registration Page. Fill in all the information, and press Submit.
  • You are now registered on this site—and will reach the Application Form. You will also receive an email with your registration details (login-id and password).
  • On reaching the NEXT100 application form, fill in the information in as much detail as possible. You can save a partially filled-in form, and return to it at a later time.
  • To resume your application, click the Apply Now link at the top of this page. Sign-in using your login id and password (this has been sent to your email inbox at the time of registration). You will reach the “My NEXT100 DASHBOARD” page
  • Go to “Application Form” link on the Dashboard page to start, or resume an earlier application.
  • Use the “My NEXT100 DASHBOARD” page to track the status of your application, take the two psychometric tests, and register for other activities and workshops.

NOTE: In addition to the NEXT100 awards, all applicants are also eligible to apply for the ITNext Technology awards by attending the CIO Masterclass Program. The details of these awards will be intimated separately.

NEXT100 Awards Process

  • Invitation of applications from candidates (Applications open on Monday, 26 June 2020))
  • Submission of completed forms by candidates (Extended Last date is Sunday, 16 August 2020)
  • All applicants complete two psychometric tests to assess personality traits and emotional intelligence test (Extended Last date is Sunday, 16 August 2020)
  • Eligible applicants are shortlisted for interview by jury panel. For eligibility criteria, see next section.
  • Reference checks of qualified candidates are done with work supervisors and designated referees
  • Qualified candidates are interviewed by NEXT100 jury members
  • List of NEXT100 2020 award winners is prepared and ratified by jury
  • Award winners are informed, and invited to attend the awards presentation ceremony to receive the trophy and citation.
  • Profiles and photos of the award winners are collected for the NEXT100 2020 commemorative book
  • The NEXT100 2020 book is circulated to India’s top organizations

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the NEXT100 2020 award, all applicants will need to meet and conform to the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of India at the time of application.
  2. Have a minimum of 7 (seven) years of full-time work experience
  3. Be currently employed in a company or organization (cannot be self-employed).
  4. Fill in the application form and submit it, including the declaration section, on or before the closing date.
  5. Obtain references from a work supervisor and independent referees on or before the closing date.
  6. Complete two psychometric tests to assess personality traits and emotional intelligence test on or before the closing date
  7. Provide valid documentation and proof to support the personal information and work experience details, as and when requested by ITNext and 9.9 Group for verification.
  8. Agree to allow ITNext and 9.9 Group, or its duly authorized representatives, to verify the data provided in the application form directly and independently at any stage of the program, including with referees and work supervisor(s)
  9. Grant ITNext the right to authorize the downloading and printing of application information and related communications, or any portion thereof, for evaluation purposes by the NEXT100 jury.
  10. Undertake to obtain the necessary permissions and releases from his/her employer to participate in the NEXT100 selection process, and award ceremony.
  11. No applicant should be a past NEXT100 award winner. However, past ITNext Technology award winners are eligible to apply for the award, if they have not received a NEXT100 award.

NOTE: Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, family members of 9.9 Group Pvt Ltd, its subsidiaries, affiliates, program partners, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to apply for, and receive the NEXT100 awards

Terms & Conditions

By registering on this site and/or submitting an application for the NEXT100 award, you agree that:

  1. NEXT100, CIO Masterclass and ITNext Technology Awards are the initiative and sole property of 9.9 Group Pvt Ltd.
  2. The NEXT100 program will run from the starting and ending dates as decided and intimated by ITNext and 9.9 Group Pvt Ltd. ITNext reserves the right to modify, cancel, discontinue or terminate the NEXT100 program at any time, or to accept or reject any or all entries at its absolute discretion without giving any prior notice, and without assigning any reasons whatsoever.
  3. Decisions made by ITNext regarding the NEXT100 and CIO Masterclass program, eligibility conditions, administration and conduct of the program, rules & regulations, etc., will be final and binding on all applicants and program participants.
  4. All shortlisted applicants/participants for the NEXT100 and CIO Masterclass will be intimated individually at the email address and/or contact number provided by them. ITNext reserves the right to terminate applicant registration at any time in the event the information provided, including your e-mail address and mobile phone number, is no longer current or accurate.
  5. ITNext may use the applicant name and organization information in ads, editorial material, website as when necessary
  6. ITNext, in consultation with the jury, reserves the right to shortlist and filter applicants using any criteria it deems fit, without disclosing or making public the criteria or weighting schemes used
  7. ITNext will not reveal, at any stage, the ranking or relative placement of applicants, or their scores in the NEXT100 selection process.
  8. The content made available for the NEXT100 and CIO Masterclass program are the sole property of ITNext and that of its partners, and is protected by applicable copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patent or other proprietary rights and laws.
  9. While ITNext will make every reasonable effort to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information posted within the program website, ITNext assumes no responsibility for, and does not guarantee, the accuracy, currency, completeness or usefulness of information in any material about the program. It also does not endorse, oppose or edit any opinions, recommendations or predictions posted by the participants or other members, except that ITNext may remove or delete what appears to be potentially unlawful content or content otherwise prohibited under these Terms and Conditions.
  10. Any offers made under this program cannot be clubbed with any other offer/promotion/contest run by 9.9 Group Pvt Ltd, and/or ITNext, or its affiliate brands and subsidiaries.
  11. ITNext and 9.9 Group may, in their sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the NEXT 100 program for any reason, including without limitation a breach of these Terms and Conditions (or any subsequent modifications hereof)