7-Year-Old Slovak Girl Scored at the EPO
One of the most exciting elements of the European Patent Office's 40 years celebrations was the "Inventions and Europe" art competition for primary school children in the 40 European countries which acknowledge the European Patent Convention.
The aim was to get young people interested in the idea of inventions and patenting, to make them aware of their place in Europe, and to get them thinking beyond the borders of their own country. Judging by the quality and number of entries, it seems like the goal was achieved.
The EPO received almost 3 000 entries from 370 classes in 110 schools and 25 countries, requiring the jury to spend many very difficult hours reviewing them all in order to select one entry per country per age category. The finalists selected in this way were published on the EPO's intranet and the staff were invited to vote for their favorites, which over 2 000 of them did.
The winner in the 6-8 years category Paulína Šimovičová (7 years) from Slovakia has been invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Munich for the opening of the exhibition featuring also her work on October 16, the day before the 40th Anniversary Event. Paulína and her parents will enjoy a day of sightseeing in Munich and a visit to the Deutsches Museum before attending the exhibition opening as a guest of honor.
The winner picture of competition (6-8 category) from young Slovak girl - Paulína Šimčovičová