Icelandic Women Inventors Winning EUWIIN Prize 2015
Elinora Inga Sigurdardottir is founder and chairman of KVENN. She is a business owner and a director of Elinora’s Royal Natural Snack, www.royalnatural.com
She is a mentor and a coach for inventors and innovators. She is hosting a weekly program about inventors and innovators at the Icelandic TV station INN. Please see www.inntv.is This program is called Frumkvöðlar (Innovators).
KVENN (IWIIN)was formally founded in 2007. Our goal is to connect inventive women in Iceland and to cooperate with similar assocations globally, rewarding women for their invention by taking part and planning exhibitions and conferences in Iceland and internationally in cooperation with both men and women.
In 2015 the 5th Bi-Annual International European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN) Exhibition was held in London and the Icelandic women nominated for EUWIIN Award were:
Erla Bjornsdottir is a 33 year old Icelandic women, she is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in sleep research. She has been very active in the media in Iceland in promoting the importance of sleep and is currently finishing her first book about sleep for the general population. Erla has published several scientific papers in both Icelandic and international journals and has been very active in international sleep research. Erla was chosen the young scientist of the year in Iceland in 2014 and has received several awards for her contribution to sleep research. Erla is the vice president of the Icelandic sleep research society.
Erla currently works as a Post doc researcher and a clinical psychologist treating sleep disorders as well as being the CEO of Mobile health. She founded the company Mobile health in 2013 with two Icelandic doctors. The company is now active in both Iceland (www.betrisvefn.is) and Norway (www.somnify.no) and will be opened in Denmark and Sweden later this year (2015). Erla is also the mother of four young boys and has shown that it is possible to follow your dream, launch a company and get good education while also having a big family.
Mobile health is an innovation in healthcare that is revolutionizing insomnia treatment. Using an interactive web platform, this solution helps chronic insomniacs to receive an effective sleep therapy with the results of improving sleep quality, increasing daytime energy, memory, focus and productivity in six short weeks. We take the Gold standard therapy for insomnia Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and bring it online through an interactive website
The technology developed for Mobile health can be used for many other healthcare and lifestyle initiatives. The user experience and online therapy workflow and customer care system that Mobile health is built upon has paved the way for other projects including chronic pain management, obesity, depression and anxiety. The success of this product will be a stepping stone in the transformation of the healthcare system from a doctor focused one-for-all therapy towards a more patient focused personalized therapy. www.betrisvefn.is, www.somnify.no, email: email@example.com
Fida Abu Libdeh was born in Palestine (Jerusalem) but moved to Iceland when she was 16 years old. She finished her Bachelor Degree in the summer of 2012. Shortly after the graduation, she founded the company GeoSilica Iceland with her fellow student and current colleague, Burkni Pálsson. GeoSilica produces and develops high quality silica, which is concentrated from Icelandic’s geothermal water. Apart from being GeoSilica’s CEO, she recently graduated with an MBA degree from Reykjavik University. She has three girls and supportive husband.
Her product is High quality Natural Geothermal Colloidal Silica Supplements from Iceland. It is a high quality geothermal colloidal silica supplement concentrated from the high temperature geothermal reservoirs of Iceland. The supplement contains extremely small particles of mineral silica that make it easier for the body to absorb and process. Silica is an essential trace mineral containing silicon elements. Silicon enables the body to produce stronger connective tissue which can result in better skin health, stronger and more elastic veins and arteries, and less brittle and stronger nails and hair. Silica supplement strengthens the skin, making it firmer and more beautiful. Research has shown that silica supplement can therefore minimize wrinkles and even repair skin-damages.
It is also important for the growth and regeneration of bones as it can make newly formed bone tissue more receptive for other minerals such as calcium. Studies have shown that extra silica consumption can be preventive for osteoporosis.
Note: Studies have revealed that the human body’s ability to extract silica from food decreases with age therefore it is recommended to be taken as food supplement. www.geosilica.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gunnhildur Arnarsdottir has dedicated her whole work life in field of human resource (HR). Through all of her career her main focus has been on people, as she feels that every individual can and should grow. She found out early on as a HR manager, that she lacked real time information about human resource to keep her CEO posted. Like the CFO of the company, could put a number on financial health of the company, she wanted to be able to measure the health and performance of her employees, managers etc. This is the beginning of HR monitor, the tool that CEO HUXUN is using to measure monthly performance.
Gunnhildur wanted to change HR management everywhere in the world, and created a design software HR Monitor. HR-M makes it possible to connect HR measurement to Core business measurement like financial and production members of all divisions of the company. This is her way to help managers and employers to grow. The concept of CEO Huxun is to offer managers monthly performance management tool – Human Recourse Monitor (HR-M) so they can move their company from average/good to great. HR-M is for those who use facts for management purposes. Up to date the measurement is performed manually with over 40 local companies in Iceland. But the project that the company is working on is to design a software for “HR Monitor”. www.ceohuxun.is, email: email@example.com
Gudny Reimarsdottir is an entrepreneur and a business developer with extensive experience in developing business opportunities. EcoNord is leading the way in the automatic electric bin lift market in Europe. Providing fast, safe, efficient and lightweight operations for refuse trucks, powered only by the vehicle´s batteries and providing 15% more capacity. With no hydraulic hoses or valves, there is nothing to leak, nothing to burst, and no expensive, time consuming, disturbing clean ups. EcoNords electric bin lifters generates almost no noise, or 45db vs 87-100db for Traditional Refuse Collection Vehicles, powering the hydraulic pumps by ramping up the engine while emptying the bins.
EcoNord was nominated for the Award for Environmental Excellence and has years of operational and safety records on the market. Bringing public relationship improvement by reducing noise to benefit the crew and the environment, and therefore reducing disturbances to local residents. Zero emission and financial savings during operation of lift, supporting fuel and CO2 cutting programs and supports electric and hybrid solutions for garbage truck, due to range problems. EcoNord binlifter and the chairs can be swap over in around 20-30 minutes, increasing utilization of the truck. www.econord.co.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steinunn Anna Gunnlaugsdottir has University degrees in Journalism, Teacher license for elementary and secondary schools and B.A. in Literature and Icelandic. She established a startup company, Locatify along with Leifur Björn Björnsson in 2009 and is the CEO. Before running a technology company her background sustains of TV production, journalism and teaching literature in upper secondary high schools. Steinunn has been persistent, progressive and constantly alert in order to find the best ways for Locatify to reach its goals and flourish.
Locatify Ltd. is an Icelandic company founded in September 2009. Locatify is a service provider for technology and platforms, allowing partners in the field of tourism, entertainment and education to publish their location-aware content on Smart Devices. Locatify has developed apps and Content Management System (CMS) where curators and other users can upload content regarding cultural heritage for users of the applications. The apps provide users navigation, guidance and narration supported by Global Positioning System (GPS) outdoor and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) indoor. With this system users can easily create tours and provide the end-users an unforgettable experience. Additionally treasure hunt games and map markers can be created. The system is used to create content for apps and publish apps. www.locatify.com, email: email@example.com