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Do you know any scientists or tech-masters working for positive change?

5 May 2020

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Science and technology are fundamental tools to better society in this day and age. Those working hard to make use of their scientific and technological skills to make our communities a better place are worth giving recognition to.

The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards aim to recognise 10 young people (afed 18-40) coming from different sectors of society who have proven themselves to be true leaders of positive change. One such award is the ‘Scientific and/or Technological Development’.

An award recognising individuals that have created some form of technology or application to achieve objectives related to nutrition, sustainability, inclusion, education, and equality.

Past Winner – Jonathan Galea

The past winner of this award was Jonathan Galea. Jonathan Galea is the Managing Director of Blockchain Advisory Limited, and has been involved in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies since 2013. A graduated lawyer and certified C developer, Jonathan has been an influential figure vis-à-vis the introduction of crypto-regulation in Malta. He wrote one of the world’s first legal theses on cryptocurrencies back in 2015. Jonathan is also the co-founder and President of Bitmalta, a non-profit organization that was one of the initiators and advisors to the Maltese government in creating the DLT Regulatory Framework. Through his constant efforts and international speaking gigs, Malta has been set firmly on the map on all blockchain-related matters, with companies such as Waves choosing Malta for their business. Jonathan has foreseen the rise of blockchain technology and is ensuring that Malta leads the charge in years to come.

10 JCI Malta TOYP winners to be nominated for an Award in Johannesburg

The JCI Malta version of the TOYP Awards will lead the 10 chosen winners to be nominated for the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Programme (JCI TOYP) where they will compete with nominees from all around the world to win this same award, but on an international scale! Next year, the awards ceremony will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November.

TOYP History

The original TOYP program was developed by Durwood Howes, President of The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce during 1930 – 1931. He conceived the idea of recognising outstanding individuals by publishing a yearbook entitled ‘America’s Young Men’ which highlighted the work of 12 exemplary leaders each year.

The United States Junior Chamber officially adopted the program in 1938. Since 1952, numerous JCI National Organisations have established their own Outstanding Young Persons Programs. Past recipients of national awards include well-known personalities such as Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, Nelson Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, Benigno Aquino, and many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence.

In 1983, JCI officially adopted the JCI Ten Outstanding Persons of the World Programme. Since then, JCI has honoured hundreds of individuals from more than 50 nations.

Award sponsored by Altaro.

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