The 12th edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions “IWIS 2018” was held on October 15-17, 2018 in the Main Hall of the Warsaw University of Technology. As in previous years, the event was organized by the Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers in cooperation with the Polish Patent Office and the Warsaw University of Technology.
Once again, the exhibition IWIS 2018 was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. Among the patronage of this year’s show were the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), the European Association of Inventors (AEI), the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations NOT, the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry, the Main Council of the Research Institutes RGiB.
IWIS is Poland’s largest international exhibition dedicated to the promotion of invention and innovation. During the 12th edition, solutions from 25 countries, including Romania, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Indonesia, Iran, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, China, Russia and Poland were presented. Polish inventors presented 190 solutions in various fields of science, adding up to 400 solutions including foreign inventors, which are a review of technical achievements, some of which have found their place in the industry, and partly awaiting for implementation.
The main task of the International Exhibition of Inventions IWIS is to present achievements of polish scientist and inventors to national and foreign entrepreneurs and institutions. This creates the opportunity to establish commercial contracts for implementation of innovations to the industry, what have contribution to the growth of polish economy. Other important aim of IWIS is to promote innovative attitude and innovation-based perception of the world among young people, what can be the motor for taking on new challenges.
During the ceremony short speeches were given by director of the International Federation of Inventors (IFIA) Zoran Barisic and the president of the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations NOT Ewa Mańkiewicz – Cudny.
Finally Grand Prix IWIS 2018 went to Military University of Technology from Poland for “NERVE – biomedical system for monitoring epilepsy and assessing the effectiveness of medical treatment of children suffering from epilepsy”.
The Main Award of International Federation of Inventors Associations IFIA went to Central Mining Institute from Poland for the invention “Eco Patrol”.
During the IWIS 2018 not only research institutes but also enterprises, universities, schools, and individual inventors displayed their innovations. All solutions were classified according to 12 different categories ranging from ecology and environmental protection, mechanics, electronics, energy, to the medical solutions.