How We Chose the 100 Best Inventions of 2021

TIME Magazine highlights every year inventions that have the potential to make our world better, more intelligent, and more enjoyable. (See last year’s list here(.)

To assemble our list of 2021’s Best Inventions, we solicited nominations across a variety of categories from TIME’s editors and correspondents around the world, and through an Online applicationThe answer is. Each contender was then assessed on key criteria, such as creativity, originality and effectiveness, ambition, impact, and sustainability.

The result is a list of 100 groundbreaking inventions—including vaccines for COVID-19 and malaria, an emotional support robot for hospitalized children, an environmentally friendly dye for jeans and a brand new pasta shape—that are changing how we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.

Best Inventions of 2021 Time Magazine Cover
Margeaux Walter Photograph, TIME

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