ARCA & AGRO ARCA Are Opened Under IFIA Patronage
On 19 October 2017, the jubilee 15th International Exhibition of Inventions ARCA 2017 and the 9th Fair of Innovation in Agriculture, Food Industry, and Agricultural Mechanization were opened through a plenary program in the National and University Library in Zagreb.
The main organizer of both events was the Croatian Association of Innovators, and the co-organizers were the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Association for Technical Culture, and the National and University Library in Zagreb. HAMAG BICRO (the Croatian Agency for Small Enterprise) was the organization partner. The events were organized under the auspices of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, as well as the Ministries of Agriculture, of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, and of Science and Education. The general sponsor was the company Koncar – Elektroindustrija d.d.
Within the three days of duration, and with the grounds covering over 500 m2, the exhibition and the fair featured more than 150 innovations from Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, China, Iran, and Lebanon. The innovations presented were the result of the innovative work of entrepreneurs, the academic community, as well as individuals associated with local innovator associations. The events were visited by over 5000 visitors, mainly youth and young professionals.
Innovation was also the main topic of the panel discussion taking place on the second day of the exhibition. The panel “Innovation in the Age of Digital Transformation, hosted successful entrepreneurs and innovators, including Mr. Đuro Horvat from the Tehnix company, Mr. Zvonimir Viduka from Altpro company, prof.dr.sc. Miljenko Simpraga, the prorector of innovation, technology transfer and communication of the University of Zagreb, and the young innovator Ivan Golubic from the Mobile Vehicle Technology company. The moderator and opener for the panel was prof.dr.sc. Velimir Srica.
The events also featured a special part of the program dedicated to children and youth. Comprehensive school age students took part in a workshop of the Croatian Robotics Association, whereas the elementary school children took part in the Technical Innovation and Children workshop organized by Mr. Zvonimir Vadon from the 1st Technical School Nikola Tesla in Zagreb.
The exhibition and fair were closed with an awards ceremony, delivering various awards and citations to the most successful domestic and international innovators. The most significant award of the joint events, the Grand Prix, went to the innovator Ervin Matic from Porec in Croatia, for an innovation which attracted a large degree of popular attention by the visitors: A Device for the Maintenance of Candelabra, and Cleaning, Painting, and Replacement of Lighting Fixtures.
The IFIA Award for the best innovation in the category of Safety and Electrical Engineering was awarded to the innovator Boris Ukic for the innovation: Puntar Light B22-D. The award was presented on the behalf of IFIA by Zoran Barisic, an IFIA Executive Committee member.