| It is part of the C (i * EMP) strategy of the Development Institute, aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting scientific and technological vocations | Six students from IES Sanje, from Alcantarilla, have been the winners of the 1st Young Inventors Contest # INNOTECA2020, in the 'ESO-Bachelor' category.
The director of the Instituto de Fomento, Diego Rodríguez-Linares, presented the award at an event held at the European Center for Business and Innovation in Murcia, which was inaugurated by the Minister for Business, Industry and Spokespersons, Ana Martínez Vidal, by videoconference. The event is part of the C (i * EMP) strategy of the Instituto de Fomento and its objective is to encourage entrepreneurship and scientific and technological vocations.
It is also carried out within the scope of the 'UPAi 2020' project, financed with European Feder funds, through the help of Info to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Organized by the CEEIM and the Industrial Property Consultant (IPITEC), the contest promotes inventiveness, creativity, and innovation among young people.
It is about raising awareness of the importance of improving the environment through a critical, creative and innovative perspective. "We have a duty to teach new generations to question what we do, what we could do better, and the strengths to help them become better professionals and better people," Rodríguez-Linares explained.
He added that "registering and protecting inventions is key as a competitive advantage for any company, so this contest allows to bring the youngest, in a didactic and fun way, concepts and processes that, undoubtedly, will drive them when facing to your professional future.
" Innovative and sustainable proposal The proposal of the six young people consists of an integral product that allows eating nuts, such as pipes, pistachios and peanuts, among other foods, and depositing the inedible components in the container, which prevents them from being thrown on the ground.
This initiative is innovative in design and sustainable with the environment, because it must manufacture biodegradable, compostable materials, or using both. The container can take various forms and contain any type of product.
It consists of two consecutive and hollow cavities where one part is hermetically closed and allows optimal preservation of the food after opening, while the other part is open and houses the remains of the dried fruit.
Both areas are joined by a removable procedure, which can be separated when used. The prize, valued at 1,600 euros, consisted of the drafting, presentation of the invention patent and utility model by IPITEC, an industrial property consultant.
In addition, it has already been processed before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office. # INNOTECA2020 is a contest that rewards the most innovative idea that can constitute a patent.
Its purpose is to promote the investigative spirit, project management and teamwork, as well as the development of ideas and the resolution of technical problems with the application of new procedures.