Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness announced the four winners of the 2017 Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators at an award ceremony in Brussels.
Michela Magas, who is the founder of UK Design Innovation Lab Stromatolite that built the Music Tech Fest platform - one of the first real Innovation Ecosystems with a community of over 5000 innovators, was named EU Woman Innovator for 2017. Watch the video of the announcement of her winning moment.
Michela has established a unique innovation ecosystem, policy context and support structure for radical and disruptive innovation by a wide community of creative developers through the Music Tech Fest Platform . Rather than taking a single product to market, her ecosystem has yielded multiple innovative products and services enabled by her ideas of Open Product, Market Adoption, and Innovation IP, creating a fast track to innovation.
Last year, during the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Amsterdam Michela Magas received an Innovation Luminary Award in the "Creative Innovators" category. Michela is an innovator (and also highly-valued OISPG member) who places music as a social glue that brings together people from all areas of interest, and provides a test case for innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing. Watch the video of her speech after the Gala last year.
The second prize for women innovators was for Petra Wadström from Sweden, founder of Solvatten, which produces a portable water purifier and water heater that are powered by solar energy; and the third one for Claudia Gärtner from Germany, founder of microfluidic ChipShop, which provides “lab-on-a-chip” systems as miniaturised solutions for better diagnostics.