Be inspired by new, innovative ideas that will advance the future and join us in celebrating the spirit of invention! The European Inventor Award is awarded each year by the European Patent Office. Fifteen individuals and teams with groundbreaking inventions give answers to the challenges of our time and thus contribute to social progress, economic growth and prosperity. To each one of the nominees, the European Patent Office produced a short film of high journalistic and visual quality.
By promoting the fifteen finalists and subsequently five or six winners each spring, the EPO gives concrete examples of how inventors benefit society, grow the economy, create jobs and advance technology.
15 individuals and teams whose groundbreaking inventions give answers to the challenges of our time and thus contribute to social progress, economic growth and prosperity are awarded in 5 categories. These 5 categories are:
2) Small-to-medium-sized enterprises
4) Non-European Countries
5) Lifetime Achievement.
The 15 finalists are selected and rated by an independent jury. The jury consists of international pundits in the fields of economy, science, research and teaching. There is one winner per category. An additional audience award is determined publicly through an online voting.
The focus is very much on the inventors rather than their inventions, because people, not things, create human interest.
The European Inventor Award is accompanied with films in two ways: the so-called ceremony films and the journalistic films:
* The 15 ceremony films are primarily intended for the gala. With a running time of approx. 2 minutes, they highlight the nominee, i.e. the inventor. They are rather portrait-like (and thus narrated in a completely subjective manner, only with quotes from the inventors) and focus on the idea and the motivation for the invention.
* The 15 journalistic films are basically intended for science TV. They focus more on the invention than the inventor and put the invention into a bigger context. The running time of these films is ca. 5-7 minutes.