One of the most exciting elements of our 40 years celebrations was our "Inventions and Europe" art competition for primary school children in the 40 European countries which acknowledge our Convention.
The aim was to get young people interested in the
idea of inventions and patenting, to make them aware of their place in Europe, and to get them thinking beyond the borders of
their own country. Judging by the quality and number of entries we received, it
seems like we achieved our goal.
Almost 3 000 entries from 370 classes in 110 schools and 25 countries were received, requiring the jury to spend many very difficult hours reviewing them all in order to select one entry per country per age category. The finalists selected in this way were published on the Office's intranet and staff were invited to vote for their favourites, which over 2 000 of them did.
The winners, Paulina S. from Slovakia in the 6-8 years category and Anna B. from Poland in the 9-11 years category, were invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Munich for the opening of the exhibition featuring their works on Wednesday 16 October, the day before the 40th Anniversary Event. The winners and their guardians enjoyed a day of sightseeing in Munich and a visit to the Deutsches Museum before attending the exhibition opening as guests of honour.
We are also busy sending the prizes of luxury artist's materials to the runners-up and a package of goodies to each of the 370 classes that contributed to the huge success of this event.