ARCA 2016 Report
The 14th International Exhibition of Inventions ARCA 2016 was organized from October 20 to 22 by the Union of Croatian Innovators under the patronage of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts and Ministry of Science, in collaboration with the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), The University of Zagreb, Croatian Association of Technical Culture and the National and University Library in Zagreb. This year’s partner was China Association of Innovators (CAI) as one of the world’s largest gathering of innovators.
Croatian Presidential Envoy, President of the Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE) and member of the Economic Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia Davorin Štetner opened the International Exhibition of Inventions ARCA 2016 at which 180 innovations from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, China, Iran, Poland and Romania were presented.
ARCA 2016 also included a program that started with a forum titled “Innovations – Driving Force of Development” focused on the development of innovative entrepreneurship. In Croatia 44% of individual inventors are retirees, while only 20% are business owners and students and 43% of them have found commercial use for their inventions, while others claim they had no skill or knowledge to do so and could not find any systematic support for their idea to reach commercial use. The data comes from a study of the climate for inventions in entrepreneurship in Croatia presented at the “Innovations – Driving Force of Development” forum by Assistant Professor Violeta Šugar, Ph.D, from the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula. Though study was carried out on a small sample of 143 individual inventors, it showed some of the key issues of innovative entrepreneurship in Croatia – the lack of information and education accessible to inventors, insufficient funding available to innovators and the climate that does not facilitate inventive thinking which is mirrored in the lack of communication and networking between organisations currently involved in supporting innovators and inventive entrepreneurs.
Under the mentorship of Professor Tatjana Antić and in collaboration with the State Intellectual Property Office and the Croatian Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education a workshop was held titled “From Play to Innovation” for professors and mentors.
On the last day of ARCA 2016 children from the Kralj Tomislav Elementary School in Zagreb also became innovators at the workshop “From Play to Innovation” guided by Zvonimir Vađon. Franjo Hanaman’s work inspired them to design their own night lamp and 30 students and visitors participated.
The final day included awards ceremony and participants received awards, recognitions and the most coveted Grand Prix. The best inventions selected by the expert panel lead by Damir Semenski, Ph.D from the Zagreb Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Shipbuilding, received gold, silver and bronze medals.