NEXT100 is an annual awards program instituted by IT NEXT magazine 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 participate in an extensive series of activities that tests their techno-commercial, management and leadership skills. The final selection and nomination of the NEXT100 award recipients is made by a prestigious committee of technology and business leaders (the NEXT100 jury) who evaluate applicants on career accomplishments, professional expertise, skills and potential to be a CIO.

The NEXT100 program culminates in a gala ceremony, where each winner is felicitated with a trophy and citation.

NEXT100 award process

The NEXT100 is the only annual awards program that honors and recognizes senior IT managers, and identifies potential for leadership positions. By registering for the NEXT100 program (which, by the way, is free of cost), you get the following benefits:

  • Invitation of applications from candidates (Applications open on Tuesday, 1-May- 2018))
  • Applicants submit completed forms (Last date is Friday 1-June- 2018)
  • All applicants complete the psychometric tests to assess personality traits and leadership style (Last date is Friday 1-June- 2018)
  • Qualified applicants are shortlisted for interview by jury panel
  • Reference checks of qualified candidates are done with work supervisors and designated referees
  • Qualified candidates are interviewed by NEXT100 jury members
  • List of NEXT100 2018 award winners is ratified and announced by jury
  • Award winners are invited to attend an expenses paid (travel, boarding & lodging) gala awards night to receive the trophy and citation.
  • The NEXT100 2018 commemorative book with profiles of all award winners is circulated to India’s top organizations

Why apply for NEXT100?

The NEXT100 is India’s only award that recognizes the achievements of senior IT managers, and identifies prospective leaders. Now in its eighth year, the awards program is widely recognized by management leaders in leading organizations, and has credible record of identifying talented leaders over the years.

By registering for the NEXT100 program (which is free of cost), you get the following benefits:

  • Receive a free analysis report of your personality traits and leadership styles from one of the world's leading evaluation companies, Central Test
  • Get exclusive invitations to attend a variety of training workshops on leading-edge technical developments, interact and learn from experts and peers
  • Become eligible to attend the CIO Next program, and get exposed to latest management concepts and 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 he NEXT100 award.

How to apply for NEXT100?

To apply for the NEXT100 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 Next Program, download white papers and case studies, and get other useful information.

Application Process

  • To start your NEXT100 application, click on "Start Your Application" link 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. You will 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 (sent to your email inbox at the time of registration). You will reach the “My NEXT100 DASHBOARD” page
  • Go to “Application Form” link and click on it to start, or resume an earlier application.
  • Use the “My NEXT100 DASHBOARD” page to track the status of your application, take the 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 IT NEXT Technology awards by attending the CIO Next Program. The details of this award will be intimated soon.

Eligibility Criteria for the NEXT100 Award

To be eligible for the NEXT100 2018 award, all applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of India at the time of application.
  • Not be a past NEXT100 award winner (However, past winners of IT Next Technology Awards can apply for the NEXT100 award, if they have not won it previously).
  • Have a minimum of 7 (seven) years of full-time work experience
  • Be currently employed in a company or organization (cannot be self-employed).
  • Fill in the application form completely, including the declaration. All applicants must complete the registration process on the program website
  • Not submit multiple applications/entries for the NEXT100 award
  • Provide valid documentation and proof to support the personal information and work experience details, as and when requested by IT NEXT for verification.
  • Agree to allow IT NEXT and/or its duly authorized representatives, verify application data directly and independently at any stage of the program, including with referees and work supervisor(s)
  • Grant IT NEXT the right to authorize the downloading and printing of application information and related communications, or any portion thereof, for evaluation purposes.
  • Undertake to obtain the necessary permissions and releases from his/her employer to participate in the NEXT100 selection process, and award ceremony.

NOTE: Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, family members of NINE DOT NINE MEDIAWORX PVT LTD, its subsidiaries, affiliates, program partners, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to apply for, and receive the NEXT100 awards

Note: You can apply for either the NEXT100 award, the Technology Awards or both categories of awards.

Terms & Conditions

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

  1. NEXT100, CIO Next and IT Next Technology Awards are the initiative and sole property of NINE DOT NINE MEDIAWORX PVT LTD.
  2. The NEXT100 program will run from the starting and ending dates as decided and intimated by IT NEXT and NINE DOT NINE MEDIAWORX PVT LTD. IT NEXT 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 IT NEXT regarding the NEXT100 and CIO Next 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 Next will be intimated individually at the email address and/or contact number provided by them. IT NEXT reserves the right to terminate applicant registration at any time in the event the information provided, including your e-mail address, is no longer current or accurate.
  5. IT NEXT may use the applicant name and organization information in ads, editorial material, website as when necessary
  6. IT NEXT, 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.
  7. IT NEXT 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 Next program are the sole property of IT NEXT and that of its partners, and is protected by applicable copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patent or other proprietary rights and laws.
  9. While IT NEXT will make every reasonable effort to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information posted within the program website, IT NEXT 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 IT NEXT 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 NINE DOT NINE MEDIAWORX PVT LTD, and/or IT NEXT, or its affiliate brands and subsidiaries.
  11. IT NEXT 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)