Women & Work Prize for Female Inventors at iENA 2018
From the dishwasher, through the first computer language in the world, to the foundation for the first autopilot – all this is FrauenWerk! But hardly anyone knows them: the inventors and pioneers from past and present. The women & work prize promotes more feminine ingenuity and at the same time makes successful inventors of the present visible.
Dr. Thomas Zielke, Head of Technology Transfer at the German Federal Ministry of Economics, opened the award ceremony of Women & Work Prize on November 1, 2018 with his keynote address: “Inventors have changed our lives enormously to this day, and we can’t afford to renounce the talent of inventive women in Germany. This year’s winners prove this because they have helped established technologies to new applications using information technology. That is why the Women & Work Inventors Award is so important, as it focuses on a target group that is under-noticed in Germany: female inventors.”
Claudia Rougoor (Category: Business Model & Organization)
In the category Business Model & Organization, civil engineer Claudia Rougoor won a prize with her model of sustainable inspection by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) along the entire value chain tor traditional monuments and buildings.
Jeanette Spanier (Category: Technology)
The scaffolding master and founder Jeanette Spanier received the Inventors Award in the category Technology for her software development “Scaffeye”. SCAFFEYE digitally manages scaffolding, creating security and transparency, and effectively saves time and money as a versatile, digital tool.
Karen Dolva (Category: Service & Social)
The prize in the Service & Social category went to social entrepreneur Karen Dolva. She played a key role in the AV1 (telepresence robot) for children and adolescents with long-term illnesses, who can participate in the school curriculum via an avatar and app. The start-up is called “No Isolation”.
DPMA (German Patent and Trade Mark Office) Vice President Christine Moosbauer also personally congratulated the winners. In her opening speech, she emphasized that the subject of female inventors was a particular focus for the DPMA this year “We, too, have set ourselves the task of making the often unrecognized or unknown inventiveness of women visible to the general public”.