6 ideas to watch from MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 list


Every year, MIT Technology Review releases a list of people less than 35 years old who are working on the most exciting innovations on Earth (or beyond). The list has featured Marc Andreessen (1999), Mark Zuckerberg (2007) and Jack Dorsey (2008), but also tons of technologists and scientists working on highly meaningful, but far less visible, projects.

The 2013 list, which was published this week, contains a few familiar names: Leah Busque (TaskRabbit), Eric Migicovsky (Pebble) and Matt Rogers (Nest). Their ideas were so big that they already feel familiar. Here are a few of the less-famous ideas worth highlighting.

Turn any surface into a source of power

We think of solar cells as large, rigid panels that sit on the top of buildings. Stanford professor Xiaolin Zheng wants that to change. She developed small stickers — just a centimeter across — that can be stuck anywhere to collect solar energy. She did…

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