PRESS RELEASE

 

15th October 2015

 

Luisa Torsi’s printable biological sensor wins European Woman Inventor of the Year Award 2015

 

 

Luisa Torsi, the inventor of a ground-breaking electronic circuit which can be printed on plastic or paper to become a biological sensor, has won the European Woman Inventor of the Year 2015 award, the top honour at an awards event organised by the European Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN). Other winners were also announced for other categories. Judges chose the pioneering medical breakthrough of Luisa Torsi, from Italy, which is low-cost, disposable, non-invasive and outperforms other biological sensing technology. 

 

She received her award at the European Women Inventor and Innovation Network Awards 2015 at the British Library last night (Wednesday, 14 October). The event was organised by the Global Women's Inventors & Innovators Network to promote invention and innovation by women. Luisa, an academic from the University of Bari Aldo Moro, said her invention would revolutionise point of care diagnostics. She said: “Nowadays, if you run a blood strip test, you have to assess the output through an analysis in a laboratory or clinic. “With this device you can skip that step because the quality of the data is immediately good enough to use for diagnostic purposes. “On top of all this, it has the potential of being non-invasive because saliva can be used instead of blood serum and the circuit can detect very low concentrations of bio-markers.”

 

One of the judges, CIPA Council member Vicki Salmon, said: “Luisa has a platform technology which can be developed into practice that could revolutionise life for GPs and patients.”

 

Other women inventors received awards for their inventions and innovations in other categories:

 

The EUWIIN Innovator of the Year 2015

FARIBA KHANDARIANfor FaribaTec, a system for purifying waste water from industrial processes.

 

The winner of an International Award 2015

ROSELOVE FREMPONGfor Asmisol, a product that stimulates wound healing.

 

The winner of an International Award 2015:

DR NOORHAFIZA MUHAMMAD for Laser Manufactured Coronary Stents

 

The winner of the Under 25 Platinum Award:

NOR HAMIZA HANIS BT TAN TAWIfor Gelatine made from plants

 

The winner of the Under 25 gold award:

HSIEH, HSIN-CHIEHfor The Magnetic Eraser

 

The winner of the Under 25 Silver Award:

Huang,Yu-Hsiangfor The Elevating Closet

 

The winner of the Research & Product Development Award:

Dr ALBINI ADRIANAfor the Antiangiogenic use of liquid phytocomplexes from olives

 

The winner of the Social Innovation & Capacity Building award:

SARI JÄÄSKELÄINEN & PIA KIVIHARJUfor Seniori365, an internet wellbeing service for senior citizens and their caregivers

 

The winner of the Exceptional Creativity award: 

YLVA DALÉNfor Hoppolek, a medical device for play and mobility and Movego, a mobility aid

 

The awards were the culmination of a two-day event which attracted delegates from across Europe and around the world, featuring an exhibition of inventions at Regents University on Tuesday and a conference at the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). Full awards results below.

 

Ends

 

For more information about the EUWIIN organisation or to speak to the founder and organiser Dr Bola Olabisi, please contact communications@gwiin.com and visit www.euwiininternational.eu. Also follow EUWIIN25 on Twitter.

 

EUWIIN which is the European part of GWIIN aims to promote the inventions and innovations of entrepreneurial women across Europe. The network addresses the gap of women in science, engineering and technology professions and provides support for women across a variety of sectors to help them find the help and resources to take their products to market.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE 20th November 2013

THE HUNT IS ON FOR EUROPE’S MOST INVENTIVE &  INNOVATIVE WOMEN
at the The Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden - 27 - 28 November 2013

Over 70 inventions and innovations will be on display at the forthcoming  4th Bi-Annual International EUROPEAN WOMEN INVENTORS & INNOVATORS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL  EXHIBITION, CONFERENCE & AWARDS. An impressive range of Inventions from a vast amount of sectors shall be on display which include from specialized products in healthcare from Sweden that help lower radiation dose, make examinations safer with good quality results, the “Cablebug” from the United Kingdom - a moulded plastic box, which opens in half and is placed around a cable and then snapped shut suitable for labelling leads, Estonia’s innovative and unique 3D textile inspired by nature, and the Japanese shibori technique and a class of medicinal pharmaceutical  products for the assessment of treatment efficacy for patients with neuroendocrine tumours from Poland and many more fascinating concepts and products.

The event shall bring relevant and high profile dialogue on possible opportunities across the international world, Europe and in particular Sweden. Expected are approximately 100 innovative and influential business owners and professionals at the conference and Awards ceremony where our theme this year is Accelerating Growth in Product & Service Innovation in Europe and beyond. The focus of this event is to promote the Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in relation to fast -tracking of skills development, knowledge transfer, intellectual property rights, access to finance, product development, manufacturing, equity and commercialization, international trade and all aspects covering the successful exploitation of viable innovative ideas.

Confirmed Guest Speakers include:

HON ANNA MARIA CORAZZA BILDT, SWEDEN, MEP

MS JENNY GARDNER, DIRECTOR, UK TRADE & INVESTMENT, BRITISH EMBASSEY

MR GIUSEPPE RUOTOLO, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

MS INGRID THURESSON WOMEN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY (WITEC)

MS GUNILLA THORSTENSSON, PROGRAMANSVARIG, FRÄMJA KVINNORS FÖRETAGANDE TILLVÄXTVERKET, SWEDEN
MS MARGARET WOOD MBE – MANAGING DIRECTOR, ICW UK LTD

MS MILENA CVIJANOVICH, SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION, MCM DESIGN STUDIO. SWITZERLAND

MS. EPP SONGISEPP, SENIOR RESEARCHER, INVENTOR, BIO-COMPETENCE CENTRE OF HEALTHY DAIRY PRODUCTS LLC, ESTONIA

MS SUSAN SJÖLUND , CMO, FundedByMe + Equity

MS LUNA SHAMSUDDOHA, CHAIRMAN DOHATEC, BANGLADESH  

EUWIIN was launched at the European Parliament in 2006 in Brussels and has since held bi-annual events across Europe with the first bi-annual events held in Belgium, Germany, Finland, Iceland and now to be held in the fascinating city of Stockholm..

This bi-annual event is being organised by The Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) with the local hosting co-ordinating support of QSave Sweden.

For more information please contact:

Dr (Mrs) Bola Olabisi

CEO, Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN)

Address:

35 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch,

London E2 8AA, United Kingdom

Telephone:        +4420 82205184

Direct Line:      +447956501727

Email:            office@gwiin.com

Website:          www.gwiin.com

 

Or

 Åsa Magnusson, EUWIIN Event Country Co-Organiser and Director QSAVE Sweden

Åsa Magnusson

Sveriges och Europas Kvinnliga Uppfinnare 2011

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Quicksave Rescue Equipment

+46 70-2565932

www.qsave.se

info@qsave.se

 

PRESS RELEASE 9 September 2011

 

ASA MAGNUSSON WINS EUWIIN 2011 OVERALL TOP PLATINUM AWARD

FOR LIFE SAVING DEVICE

Asa Magnussonthe inventor of a life saving equipment for helping lifesaving organisations such as divers as well as guardians and sea-saving associations takes top prize in European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Awards in Reykjavik, Iceland on 8 September. Read more http://www.gwiin.com/page.php?pid=40&menu=sub

 

PRESS RELEASE:

ICELAND TO HOST EUROPE'S BRIGHTEST INVENTIVE & INNOVATIVE WOMEN WITH EXPO, CONFERENCE AND AWARD CEREMONY

A collection of inventions and innovations by some of Europe’s leading female innovators is to go on display at the bi-annual European Women Inventors and Innovators Network (EUWIIN) Exhibition, Conference and Awards in Reykjavik, Iceland on 7-8 September 2011.

The Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWIIN) and the Icelandic Women Inventors Network (KVENN), will showcase an eclectic mix of inventions, ranging from a fun & funky digital wristband that stores up to 5 phone numbers for children aged under 7 to help them if they get lost to a new software based safety solution making mobile phones safer and better adapted to kids by giving parents control of use. The ideas have come from women of all backgrounds - designers, scientists and engineers working on patented inventions to women with no previous research and development experience who have come up with an excellent gadget or sustainable creative design.

Over fifty finalists in various categories will exhibit their ideas.

Other inventions to go on display include a watch that automatically counts your laps and strokes when swimming and gives speed and distance information, calories burnt and efficiency,  a touch sensitive entirely new type of opening/closing mechanism which requires only minimum applied pressure to select both the open and closed positions equally,  a new topical treatment of ear infection, a newly designed show lead for dogs that enables the adjustment of the length of the lead to a perfect fit including the creation of designs from the skin, hair and bones of farmed animals which come from abattoirs.

Elinora Inga Sigurdardottir, Founder and Managing Director, KVENN expressed her delight with the quality and diversity of entries for the EUWIIN Awards. She said, “I am absolutely impressed with the many inventions and innovations that have reached the finalist stage from my country and from across Europe and beyond. I am convinced that together we can make a real difference to bringing women's ingenuity and talents to the forefront while contributing to the success of a European and global economy. I am looking forward to welcoming the remarkable women from inside and outside Iceland."

Bola Olabisi, Founder and Managing Director of GWIIN, said “Women are the world's natural innovators. Generally speaking, women tend to solve problems they find, rather than find problems to solve. I am particularly pleased to see the many products leaning towards sustainability and the environment. It is also encouraging to see that quite a number of learning institutions will be participating and sharing their crucial role of knowledge transfer. We look forward to this year's event building on the success of the previous EUWIIN events while bringing a new surge of commercially viable ideas to market.”

The event will provide the opportunity to be in the company of many invaluable special guest speakers including Eija Pessinen from Finland,the  2009 overall EUWIIN Award winner and inventor of relaxbirth® - a revolutionary system for giving birth.

The exhibition along with the conference will open as from 9.30am to 5pm, 7-8 September at the new state-of–the-art Harpa Concert and Conference Centre Reykjavik, Iceland.

For more information, visit www.euwiin.eu


Editor's Notes


KVENN goals are to connect inventive women in Iceland and to cooperate with similar assocations globally . These include making women inventors and innovators visible and noticeable to society; giving women inventors and innovators contacts with other women in other countries; encouraging women to develop their creativity and realize their idea,  both social and technical ones for the benefit of society. KVENN reaches these goals by rewarding women for their inventions and by taking part and planning exhibitions and conferences in Iceland and internationally in cooperation with both men and women.
Elinora Inga Sigurdardottir, Founder and Chairman, is available for interview on +354 8984661 or elinoras@gmail.com

Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) is responsible for the staging of a number of regional women inventors and innovators activities. It is a global network which aims to increase the number of innovative women embracing enterprise. The organisation works with Government departments, leading industry experts, voluntary organisations, enterprises and educational institutions in finding effective ways of bringing the support, assistance, tools, advice and information that assist women in achieving significant growth in their businesses. 

Bola Olabisi, Founder & Director, is available for interview on +44 7956 501727 or bola@gwiin.com


EUWIIN FINALISTS/NOMINEES 2011
*The list below covers:

Finalists for Specially Recognition Awards
Nominees for Overall and Category Awards


INVENTIONS

ALESSANDRA FIERABRACCI, MD PHD FROM ITALY
A kit able to work the method for the detection of GAD65 autoreactive T cells in newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic patients and in the prediabetic period’

E: fierabracci@opbg.netANNA KRISTENSSON & PERNILLA MOLANDER FROM SWEDEN

 
ANNA KRISTENSSON & PERNILLA MOLANDER FROM SWEDEN
BRIGHT of Sweden - hands-on educational models is the only manipulative that lets the students use their hands to construct atoms, and can also be used to construct isotopes and ions. It is also the only tactile model and it’s a one of a kind design. 
E: info@brightsite.se
W: www.brightsite.se


 
ASA MAGNUSSON FROM SWEDEN
 
Qsave PRO - lifesaving equipments that can be taken under the surface for helping lifesaving organizations as divers, guardians, sea-saving associations etc working with lifesaving in water. 
E: info@qsave.se or dalatekniska@gmail.com
W: www.qsave.se


BIRGITTA OLSSON FROM SWEDEN
 
Spoldosan® - a medical shower handle for bathrooms in a new design, with a flush box holder for improving the wet-room environment. It reduces the risk of getting legionnaires disease and can be used as aid for functional disabled persons.
E: birgitta@torsoinnovation.se
W: www.torsoinnovation.se



BJARNDIS HELENA MITCHELL FROM ICELAND
 
Handlers Handle - show leads for dogs that enables the adjustment of the length of the lead to a perfect fit, by winding it around the handle, fixing in place and gives a secure grip and great control of the dog whilst in the show ring. 
E: bjarndis@originalhandlers.com
W: www.originalhandlers.com or www.handlers.co



CARA SAYER FROM UNITED KINGDOM
 
SnoozeShade - creates a darkened environment to help babies sleep; it also provides the highest level of sun protection (UPF50+).
E: cara@snoozeshade.com
W: www.snoozeshade.com


CARLA FERRERI FROM ITALY 
 
Membrane Lipidomics and Nutrilipidomics Analysis - A tool for personalized medicine and nutrition. A very useful for obtaining a profile of ones metabolism and a personalized indication of the specific supplements needed.
E: cferreri@isof.cnr.it
W: www.lipinutragen.it


CLAIRE BARDNER FROM UNITED KINGDOM
 
Me Finder - a fun & funky digital wristband that stores up to 5 phone numbers, for children aged under 7 to help them if they get lost.
E: claire@kidsshowandtell.com
 W: www.kidsshowandtell.com


GUÐRÚN SÆMUNDSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
New topical treatment of ear infection - acute otitis media where well-known volatile antimicrobial substances (essential oils) are placed in specially designed ear buds in the outer ear canal. 
E: Hverfisgata24@gmail.com


KADRI PALOVEER FROM ESTONIA
 
Child carrier pouch sling “Tale” - a functional and safe device for carrying and holding infants which has been designed following the example of the birth customs of Setus.
E: kadri.paloveer@gmail.com
W: http://edl.edicypages.com/competitions#4/132
 

LISA IRLAM FROM UNITED KINGDOM
 
The Pool-Mate - a watch that automatically counts your laps and strokes when swimming and gives speed and distance information, calories burnt and efficiency.
E: Lisa.irlam@swimovate.com
W: www.swimovate.com


LYNDA HARDING FROM UNITED KINGDOM 
 
ewan the dream sheep - the only child sleep aid on the market with soothing harp music.
E: lynda@easidream.com
W: www.easidream.com


MARGARET WOOD MBE FROM UNITED KINGDOM
 
A “touch sensitive” development -  entirely new type of opening/closing mechanism which requires only minimum applied pressure to select both the open and closed positions equally 
E: mwood@icwukltd.co.uk
W: www.icwukltd.co.uk


SALLA KOSKI FROM FINLAND
 
Interactive Diabetes Care Management System DR DUCK & MR FROG - Blood glucose monitor Dr Duck & exercise meter Mr Frog is an interactive diabetes management system aimed to facilitate the life of a diabetic-child and to make the management of the disease more pleasurable.
E: salla.koski@bloomjack.com
W: www.bloomjack.com 


SILJE VALLESTAD FROM NORWAY
 
Bipper - a new software based safety solution making mobile phones safer and better adapted to kids by giving parents control of use.  
E: Silje@bipper.com
W: www.bipper.com


STEFANIA MONDELLO, MD PHD FROM ITALY
 
First FDA approved biomarkers for management of TBI patients  - Unlike other organs in the body such as the heart, liver and pancreas, there are currently no widely accepted biomarkers of brain injury. 
E: stm_mondello@hotmail.com
 
 
 
SVANA HELEN BJÖRNSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
Risk Management Studio, RM Studio®, from Stiki - software designed for companies, institutions and local government bodies wanting to guarantee security in all business operation and in the processing of information.
E: Svana@stiki.eu
W: www.stiki.eu  - www.riskmanagementstudio.com
 
 
 
TOONIKA RINKEN DR, FROM ESTONIA
 
Online- system for the determination of the residues of antibiotics or mastitis in milk - analytical system for the detection of the quality of raw milk in real time, consisting of a mastitis sensor and a sensor for the detection the antibiotic residues.
E: toonika.rinken@ut.ee
W: www.chem.ut.ee/index.aw/set_lang_id=2 
 
 
 
 
YLVA DALÉN FROM SWEDEN
 
Hoppolek - a round platform where children with severe disabilities (and elderly) can safely be fastened. The focus is put on the child (play, physical activity and dance), instead of having the focus on the disability. 
E: Ylva.dalen@jumpandjoy.se
W: www.jumpandjoysweden.com  – www.hoppolek.se
 
 
 
YLVA RYNGEBO FROM SWEDEN
 
Easymark Dx-Sin - A medical device which contains no lead for a safer and more hygienic marking of the organs during x-ray examination
E: Info@mid.nu
W www.mid.nu
 
 
 
 
INNOVATIONS AND R&D
 
ANGELA SERPE FROM ITALY
 
Innovative Low Polluting Methods For Noble Metals Recovery From Hi-Tech Scraps. An absolute novelty with respect to already known procedures due to the capability of coupling the effectiveness of the selected powerful reagents with a safe and mild procedure.
E: serpe@unica.it  serpe@3rmetals.com
W: http://www.3rmetals.com
 
 
 
ÁSA BRYNJÓLFSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
Blue Lagoon Skin Care - classified as Naturceutical – it provides a link between pure natural products and cosmeceuticals. A world of health, wellness and beauty powered by geothermal energy.
E: asa@bluelagoon.is
W: www.bluelagoon.com/Shop/A-Naturceutical-Brand/
 
 
 
GUDRUN (RUNA) BERGMANN FROM ICELAND
 
GREEN HEELS – bringing the focus on all things “green and environmental” and creating awareness for all the things of that origin that are available on the market - project that helps to change the environment. 
E: Bergmann@greenheels.com
W: www.greenheels.com and www.runabergmann.com
 
 
 
EBUNI USIFOH FROM UNITED KINGDOM
 
Nutritious Lunch - a social enterprise catering business, providing Eco-sustainable catering service,  an innovative and much healthier alternative with a genuine care about the health of the customers and the environment
E: ebuni@nutritiouslunch.co.uk
W: www.nutritiouslunch.co.uk
 
 
 
 
INNOVATIONS & LEARNING INSTITUTIONS
 
 
DEBORA FINO FROM ITALY
 
Innovative and unconventional research and discoveries into the escape of nano‐particles from diesel particulate traps, waste incinerators, printers, reformers…
E: debora.fino@polito.it
 
 
VORONINA  OLGA PHD FROM RUSSIA
 
Saint Petersburg Polytecnical University with Centre Veda - creation and introduction of  training programs that allow the strengthening of women’s adaptive resources and effective methods of psychological support for women in difficult circumstances. 
E: 76820@mail.ru
 
 
ANN DOHSE FROM SWEDEN
 
The Association Swedish Inventors Museum (Svenskt UppfinnareMuseum) - a travelling exhibit on display at libraries and schools where all Swedish innovations are presented.  
E: ann.dohse@comhem.se
W: www.svensktuppfinnaremuseum.se
 
 
MARGRET JOHANNA PALMADOTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
DOMUS VOX - flourishing school with 500 singing women from 5 to 65 years old and three generations singing together (grandmother, mother and daughter) 
E: wwwdomusvox@domusvox.is
W: www.domusvox.is  -  www.voxfeminae.is
 
 
 
 
 
VILBORG EINARSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
Mentor - a leading Scandinavian company in the field of web solutions for schools, with the focus on individualised and collaborative learning.
E: vilborg@mentor.is
W: www.mentor.is
 
 
INNOVATIVE CAPACITY BUILDING
 
 
BJARNEY LUDVIKSDOTTIR, RUNA MAGNUSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND AND MARY SNACK FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
BRANDit - a three-and-a-half day program targeted for the established woman business owner to re-invigorate her passions towards business, future visions and work on personal brands.  
E: runa@brandit.is  - bjarney@brandit.is  mary@maryschnack.com
W: www.Brandit.is
 
 
BRYNDIS GUDMUNDSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
 
‘Learning And Playing With Sounds’ - a unique project and pioneering work in the field of speech pathology based on the innovators clinical practice and research for over 25 years. 
E: bryngudm@gmail.com
W: www.laerumogleikum.blog.is
 
 
 
CRISTINA ANDERSSON FROM FINLAND 
 
The Swing Concept - an innovative fusion of an online documentary series and inspiration for personal learning and winning achievement - a simple social learning concept that gives people a way to study when they have time, no matter where they are. 
E: cristina.andersson@develor.fi
W: www.develor.fi
 
 
ELÍN EBBA ÁSMUNDSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND 
Hlutverkasetur - The Role Center – a rehabilitation and activity centre set up to fight stigma and isolation with the main purpose of gaining or finding valuable roles again by staying active.
E: ebba@unak.is
W: www.hlutverkasetur.is
 
 
 
GIUSEPPINA GRIMALDI FROM ITALY
 
Innovative Business Incubator - concept by Jewellery designer and entrepreneur with idea to develop and provide support for new types of entrepreneurial cooperation. 
E: g.grimaldi@naoto.it
W: www.apindustria.vi.it
 
 
 
HENDRIKKA WAAGE FROM AUSTRIA
 
Kids Parliament – an organization for and run by kids; with a little help from adults. A community of children where they can meet each other, exchange ideas, understand and respect each other’s opinions, and experience. 
E: hendrikka@kidsparliament.org
W: www.kidsparliament.org
 
 
SOPINA  OLGA FROM RUSSIA
 
“Center for Development and Support of Families “Veda” – aims to create an environment which can prevent constant increase in tension in modern society achieved by spreading information and familiarizing women with women’s life in other countries. 
E: olgasopina@peterlink.ru
 
 
INNOVATIVE & EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVITY
 
 
ÁGÚSTA MARGRÉT ARNARDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
Arfleifð  - Creation of designs with the use of skin, hair and bones of farmed animals which come from abattoirs from around the country which would go to waste if not used in this or similar way.
E: agusta@arfleifd.is
W: www.arfleifd.is
 
 
CATHERINE CHARLOT FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HIMANE - Creation of designs from what others will consider as trash and unique,  Sustainable, Eco-conscious,  earthy and one of a kind items and designs 
E: Ccharlot@himane.com
W: www.himane.com
 
 
HANNA STEFÁNSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
Happy smiling headwear – designs are inspired by the old Icelandic Viking sagas and the legends of trolls and elves while materials used are natural fibers and most products are made from felted wool.
E: hufur@mmedia.is
W: www.hufursemhlaeja.is
 
 
HEIÐA EIRÍKSDÓTTIR AND ÞORBJÖRG VALDIMARSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
Rain Dear - unique. designs for coats with many layers of different materials, e.g. plastic, silk and wool. The coats appeal to different women with different lifestyles because of the diversity in material and design.
E: heida@raindear.is
W: www.raindear.net
 
 
HELGA BIRGISDÓTTIR (GEGGA) FROM ICELAND
The SMILER is an exclusive jewelry (necklace) which has the important role of being a supporter of joy. It is handmade of porcelain and silver with the words SMILER engraved in the silver and no two pieces are the same.  
E: helga@gegga.is
W: www.gegga.is
 
 
HELGA RUN PALSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
Unique fashion accessories – made from all kinds of recycled materials and eco- friendly materials such as fish scales & skin, lava stones, wool and other materials 
E: prem@prem.is
W: www.prem.is
 
HENDRIKKA WAAGE FROM UNITED KINGDOM 
HENDRIKKA WAAGE Designs - unique in both design as well as use of colour. Her materials come from all over the world and attempts to reflect the natural colours and essence of the region from which the materials come.
E: hwaage@hendrikkawaage.com
W: www.hendrikkawaage.com
 
 
HULDA HREIDARSDOTTIR & THORUNN JONSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
FAFU - innovative eco-friendly educational toys and learning tools for kindergartens and parents who believe that open play is a crucial factor of children's development. 
E: hulda@fafutoys.com - thorunn@fafutoys.com
W: www.fafutoys.com
 
 
INGIBJORG THORA GESTSDOTTIR & KRISTIN UNNUR THORARINSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
Koffort sf – unique sweater blanket with sleeves that enable you to eat, read or work at your computer without a chilling draft and the hood gives you a bit of privacy when you want to rest and changes into a handy carrier-bag or a cozy pillow.
E: Koffort@koffort.is
W: www.koffort.is
 
 
ÓLAFÍA ÓLAFSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
StudiOla design - the use of recyclable materials made from recycled paper as well as rubber inner tubes for creating art items such as wristbands, necklaces, wearable items, decorative items and sculptural flower vases 
E: studiola@simnet.is
 
 
THANDI R HARUPERI FROM UNITED KINGDOM
ThandiRap is an eco-friendly fashionable head tie that is practical, easier to wear and ideal for both experienced and first time wrappers 
E: Thandi@haruperi.com
 
TOYIN SEWEJE FROM UNITED KINGDOM
Marcel of London – Eco-friendly jewellery designs and creations such as denim jeans, linen, lace and printed fabrics to create unique jewellery items such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings. 
E: toyin.seweje@gmail.com
W: www.marceloflondon.com
 
 
SIGRIÐUR HEIMISDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
SIGGA HEIMIS -  productive industrial designer with more than 300 products that have come into production as everyday objects that have a simple and clear function.  
E: sigga@siggaheimis.com
W: www.siggaheimis.com
 
 
SIGRÚN LILJA GUÐJÓNSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
Gydja Collection – using materials that embrace the Icelandic origin, accessories are made from quality materials such as eco friendly Icelandic fish skin and the luxury fragrance perfume is made from the Icelandic glacier Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010.
E: sigrun@gydja.is
W: www.gydja.is -   www.gydjaperfume.com - www.sigrunlilja.com
 
 
STEINUNN KETILSDOTTIR FROM ICELAND
Volcano Warmers – uniquely and especially designed for people with arthritis and made of high quality fabrics. 
E: steinunn@volcano-iceland.com
W: www.volcano-iceland.com
 
 
SVEINDÍS VALDIMARDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
Jewellery made from waste paper - the specialty is it´s simplicity along with the mystery behind the blend, which is based on pure natural ingredients and recycling.
E: sveindis@mss.is
W: www.mss.is
 
SVEINBJÖRG HALLGRÍMSDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND
SVARTFUGL 
"It is vitally important that our society is taught at an early age that we are now in the age of innovation and to appreciate the importance of creativity and innovation to the success of the nation.

I believe that the BFIY Award will succeed in raising the profile of women inventors and encourage them to contribute to the increasingly competitive global economy." 

The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister
 
 
 
EHFdesignhouse with artwork of unique collections distinguised by high thread count that create superb fabric with great finish and enduring beauty.
E: sveinbjorg@svartfugl.is
W: www.sveinbjorg.is
 
VALA TORFADOTTIR AND BJORG INGADOTTIR FROM ICELAND
Spaksmannsspjarir – designs that can be used in a multitude of ways. The concept of "reformatting" their clothes allows for the adaption of the wearer's individual style for different occasions.
E: vala@spaksmannsspjarir.com  bjorg@spaksmannsspjarir.com
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