European Inventor of the Year 2009, EIJA PESSINEN has worked with the innovation and the method since 2003. At the preliminary phase of the innovation, the Innovation Ombudsman of the Uudenmaan TE-center and the Patent Engineer of the FinnishPatent and Registration Office played important supporting roles. The prototypes were tested by physiotherapists, a work-ergonomy physiotherapist, women with several children and women giving birth.

{IMAGE – Eija Pessinen, with her relaxbirth®, aimed at helping mothers and midwives)

The innovation was further developed according to their feedback. An educational video for professionals and expectant women was produced and directed by Tertta Saarikko, filmed by Jukka Mustonen and edited by Antti Lehikoinen.
A team of several specialists of various professional fields have been working together on the design of the innovation. Erja Holgeri, a work-ergonomy physiotherapist, who has a vast experience in working for various professionals, including midwives and women in labour, was involved in the design work at all stages of it’s development. Mikko Anttilainen as Design Engineer, Mika Ihanus as Industrial Designer and Jari Koskinen as Brand Manager were also involved. The consultant on intellectual property rights has been Master of Law, Timo Kivi-Koskinen.
In addition various medical, obstetrical and gynaecological and perinatal specialists along with experienced midwives have been consulted during the development process of the innovation.
MAIJA ITKONEN – inventor of POWERKISS from FINLAND for developing an integrated wireless charging solution, which converts basic furniture into smart energy platforms. Finland FINLAND for developing an integrated wireless charging solution, which converts basic furniture into smart energy platforms.

Exceptionally Creative Winner – EMANUELA UGHI for “BHASKARA”- innovator FROM ITALY whose mission is to disseminate an approach through activities and services for schools and institutions through new mathematical tools.

THE EUWIIN GOLD INNOVATION IN SCIENCE AWARD 2009 – ALESSANDRA LUCHINI inventor HYDROGEL NANOPARTICLES from ITALY with the product responsible for the early detection of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative disease and infectious disease and sports medicine.

THE EUWIIN SILVER INNOVATION IN HOME AND LEISURE AWARD 2009 to GUÐRÚN GUÐRÚNARDÓTTIR FROM ICELAND – inventor of PLASTERPLUG a product responsible for resealing holes in walls.

ALSO SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS WERE PRESENTED TO
FROM ICELAND – FOR LIFE-NAVIGATION – AGUSTINA THORGILSSON
FROM – SWEDEN — THE NEW MAGNIFYING GLASS – ANNIKA WINELL
FROM – ICELAND – THE INNOVATIVE, ARTIST, ACTRESS AND SINGER – ARGUNOVA KJUREGEJ
FROM – UNITED KINGDOM FOR HER HEALING HARP PRODUCTIONS, BETHAN HUGHES
FROM FINLAND FOR REGEA – BETTINA LINDROOS & SUSANNA MIETTINEN AND RIITTA SUURONEN –
FROM ITALY FOR HER SCHOOL ENERGY CENTER – DANIELA RADER
FROM ITALY FOR DISTRICT OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INFORMATION FOR INNOVATION – ELISABETTA DURANTE –
FROM PORTUGAL FOR HER RESEARCH IN EXPLORING NOVEL PROPERTIES FROM CONVENTIONAL MATERIALS TO UNCONVENTIONAL ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS – ELVIRA FORTUNATO
FROM – ESTONIA REPRESENTING THE CO-INVENTORS, SCIENTIFIC GROUP DEVELOPERS OF TENSIA – EPP SONGISEPP
FROM – ICELAND – THE INNOVATIVE TEACHER, AUTHOR AND DESIGNER – HERDIS EGILSDOTTIR
FROM – ICELAND – FOR HER KEILIR HEALTH PILLOW – HULDA SVEINSDOTTIR
FROM – ESTONIA THE INNOVATIVE TEXTILE ARTIST AND EDUCATOR FOR KADIPUU – KADI PAJUPUU
FROM ICELAND FOR HER HJALLI PEDAGOGY – MARGRÉT ÓLAFSDÓTTIR -
FROM FRANCE FOR HER STRATEGIC PROGRAM “EVE-OLUTION – NANCY V. GOMEZ –
FROM UNITED KINGDOM – FOR HER ROAD REFRESHER BOWL – NATALIE ELLIS –
FROM TURKEY – FOR OYADESIGN – OYA AKMAN
FROM – ITALY – THE CO-INVENTOR OF CUSTOM BONE SERVICE – ROBERTA MARTINETTI
FROM – ICELAND FOR HER ROSA DESIGN – ROSA HELGADOTTIR
FROM – FINLAND FOR HER FIMART GLOBAL, – TUULA ALLÉN