OE-A announces winners of its competition at LOPEC
At LOPEC 2016, the leading European tradeshow for organic and printed electronics in Munich, Germany, innovative ideas as well as start-up companies were offered a platform to support the continuous development of the international market. New visions and creative concepts are what the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) aims to promote in its annual OE-A Competition.
Five innovative concepts illustrating the various possibilities for the application of organic and printed electronics were recognised with the competition awards. For the eight-member jury, consisting of representatives from international companies and institutes, the judging process was not an easy job. They had to rate 20 prototypes and demonstrators in four categories. LOPEC attendees also got a vote. At the OE-A booth, where all demonstrators were on display, they were encouraged to choose their favorite demonstrator. The awards were handed out in the following five categories during the LOPEC Dinner:
- Best Prototype / New Product: OPV building façade (Heliatek, Germany)
- Best Freestyle Demonstrator: Beer coaster (Hochschule München, Germany)
- Best Publicly Funded Demonstrator: OPV living room (Sunflower Project, EU)
- Best Printed Electronics Vision: Papier Machine: Printed electronics paper games Pluvinage and Pinaffo (France)
- Public Choice Award: Beer coaster (Hochschule München, Germany)
Young companies are promoted by the OE-A at the LOPEC Business Conference. Many innovative companies are looking for investors to bring their products and ideas to fruition. To continue the development of their technology and marketing strategies, they introduced their companies during the Start-up Forum. “The excellent quality of the presentations in this year's Start-up Forum clearly showed the progress of printed electronics," says Thibaud Le Séguillon, LOPEC Business Conference chair, OE-A board member and CEO of Heliatek. A jury consisting of international industry leaders and researchers determined the winners.
Two awards were presented:
- Best Business Case: Innovative thermoelectric generators (TEG) by otego, a spin-off from KIT (Germany)
- Most Impactful Technology/Product: Flexiramics by Eurekite (Netherlands)