For the Munich-based team of the VOK DAMS, agency for events and live-marketing, this year’s award was a special anniversary, as it was the 10th awards ceremony designed and implemented by VOK DAMS in a row, looking back on a long-standing the successful partnership between the EPO and VOK DAMS.
In his address, EPO president Benoît Battistelli focused on the purpose of the event, which this year took place in Lisbon: “Today's award ceremony is a tribute to the spirit of innovation and the work of dedicated individuals who through their inventions advance the state of the art for all of us,"
More than 550 VIP guests from politics, economy, and academia were on site at the MEO arena in Lisbon, when the EPO president opened the award ceremony together with the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and the EU commissioner for research, science and innovation Carlos Moedas.
Previously, an independent international judging panel had chosen the 15 finalists – three for each of the five award categories – from 400 suggestions.
The public again picked this year’s popular prize. In order to qualify for the prize, suggestions had to fulfill predefined criteria, one of them being that the inventor needs to have been granted at least one European patent by the EPO.