FEMAI-INNOVACITIES 2017 Report
The 9th INNOVACITIES – International Fair of Applied Science, Inventions, Innovations and Business was held from 20 to 22 September 2017, in Toledo, Paraná, Brazil by ABIPIR, and organized jointly with UNIOESTE – State University of the West of Paraná, and, simultaneously premiered with the 5th FEMAI – Machinery, Automation and Industry Fair, held by ACIT – Trade and Business Association of Toledo.
Focusing on Innovative Business, Academia and Territorial Development, and an expressive brand of union of 55 partners, FEMAI-INNOVACITIES has become an immediate success. The presence of more than 4,000 visitors in the three days of the fairs, among them, entrepreneurs, inventors, students, teachers specialists, entrepreneurs, representatives of the Universities, development agencies, investors.
The positive repercussion with ABIPIR’s Board of Directors confirmed at the opening ceremony, plus 2 international editions for 2018 in the state of Paraná, Brazil: in the first semester, the 10th INNOVACITIES – Invention Camp in Cascavel, and in the second semester, the 11th INNOVACITIES – Latinoamérica in Foz do Iguaçu. On that day, a relevant Protocol of Intentions was also signed between a SETI – State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Paraná, ABIPIR and IFIA for registration of the Paranaense System of Innovation in the IFIA International Circuit of Events.
At the end of the event, 45 projects from 18 competent institutions by expert jurors, in a grade of 13, technicians in innovation and originality; development; territorial scope; target Audience; economic impacts; social impacts (inclusion and urban mobility); social impacts (education); social impacts (health); sustainability; entrepreneurship; quality of life; scalability and presentation. The most rated projects in each category were awarded with first and second place medals and trophies. The Project with the highest score among all, in all categories was awarded with the Grand Prize. Also were awarded the 2 best projects of the InnovaHealth Innovation Hackathon which have developed solutions using the Information and CommunicationTechnology; Company with the most innovative patented product of 5th FEMAI; and the project nominated to the Alireza Rastegar Award (Young Innovator of the Future). According to classification, the authors were awarded with trophies, medals, international certificates, smartphones, and books edited in Paraná.
ABIPIR, UNIOESTE, ACIT and IFIA left as a legacy of the 9th INNOVACITIES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS the OPEN LETTER OF TOLEDO. In this document, the diagnostic elements of the innovation challenges in the State of Paraná, suggestions for referrals and possible solutions to the demands identified during FEMAI-INNOVACIDADES. In the document, ABIPIR registers its willingness to contribute voluntarily with the increase innovation in its scope in the State of Paraná and trinational region, with the objective of promoting the sustainable territorial development with competent organs and organizations.