Now in its third year, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list features the young innovators and disruptors from ten categories who are reinventing their industries and driving changes around the continent. For this year, the theme was “Disruption and Innovation.”
Pinoys Are Included
300 young men and women who are recognized as visionaries and disruptors were named in this year’s list after being vetted by a panel of judges. Five Filipino are making our country proud after being included in the list.
Among them is the founder of data science startup Thinking Machines, Stephanie Sy. Stephanie aims to make artificial intelligence systems work for humans. Thinking Machine has been working with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to fight the traffic congestion in Metro Manila by translating data from the traffic navigation app, Waze.
Also on the list is Chef Miko Aspiras who has worked in a number of top hotels and co-owns seven concept restaurants. Carlo Delantar, the country director of non-profit group Waves for Water is also included on the list. This organization helps in providing clean water to different communities in the Philippines. They enlist the help of travelers to distribute water filtration systems and by far, has already handed out 10,000 water filters and helped one million Filipinos to access clean water.
Hawaii-based Filipino social media sensation and influencer Bretman Rock is also awarded for his game-changing participation in the digital age. Bretman Rock’s comedic makeup tutorial videos earned him not only recognition in the Philippines but around the world. Now, millions of followers are watching his self-produced content and even calling him their inspiration.
Last but not the least is Archie Oclos, an artist who aims to inspire social change. He has painted murals criticising the government’s ongoing war on drugs.
Forbes’ criteria for making the list include the contribution in their field, leadership, entrepreneurial mindset and results, and the likelihood of changing the world over the next half-century.
To see the complete Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, you may see it here.