The Romania Insider Awards event series is part of Romania-Insider.com's #PositiveRomania movement, meant to uncover role models and game changers in Romania, while highlighting sustainability, fair-play and ethics in business. The first edition of the event revealed jury prize and public prize winners in seven categories, as well as the recipient of an award chosen by the young generation of professionals.
This Best Innovation Award powered by Bayer recognized excellence in innovation in any field: research & development, IT&C, business development, human resources, marketing, product development. The awarded innovation should be substantial and meaningful for the Romanian market, potentially also for international markets.
Who was eligible? Companies or individuals with at least one innovative project, product, service, process, irrespective of their size. Time of launch: 2017 or 2018.
- Proven positive impact, local and/or international.
- Practicality, ease of use & scalability of the innovation.
- Level & constancy of innovation within the company — constant use of innovation with positive results will be a tie-break for companies with similar scores.
In the first judging round, the Board of Advisors made of 12 heads of business organizations and business consultants reviewed and offered their scores for the 24 eligible nominations received in this category. The three highest ranked projects became the finalists for the Jury Prize. The Jury made of seven Romanian and foreign CEOs then decided in an hours-long judging round, which of these projects should receive the award.
In this category, neither the Board of Advisors, nor the Jury knew the real names of companies or projects when assigning scores.
Jury prize finalists
ClarK are AR (Augmented Reality) industrial smart glasses especially developed for the automotive, logistics & oil & gas industries. The smart glasses can provide employees more security and efficiency within the working process by simply localizing and identifying errors digitally in the process. ClarK is built by serial innovators who are driven by bringing technological and social progress in our country. Their USP are the embedded sensors and modular design, which allows for tailor-made solutions, instead of an out-of-the-box product.
„We believe Romania has untapped technological potential and we are here to prove that innovation is possible in Romania and to show how it looks like, done by students for global companies,” said Vlad Măcelaru, co-founder & CEO of Nucleus Technologies.
Tresoil Biofuels — Waste to hydrogen transport fuel - The innovation is a waste to hydrogen transport fuel (PHEW2H) zero-emission gasification power plant, which can eliminate waste disposal to landfill and mitigate air pollution in Romanian cities. PHEW2H will contribute to making the transition to a reliable, decentralised, affordable, sustainable and competitive hydrogen transport fuel model with a solution to the localised elimination of waste and local transport fuel production, meaning less dependence on international fossil fuel imports. „While battery-powered vehicles are currently in favour, they’re not the solution to all problems. This is a transitional technology, The real solution will come from hydrogen-powered fuel cells,” said Roger Preston, CEO & Owner of Tresoil Biofuels.
XVision is an automated X-Ray diagnostics application that uses Artificial Intelligence
to interpret radiographies with radiologist-level accuracy. The system is useful both in underdeveloped countries, where it can provide an alternative to the otherwise scarce radiologists, and in well-developed medical systems, where it can assist specialists.
„Our young team has been working for a long time together, we have complementary skills and we are determined to bring our healthcare ideas to life. We have also developed a software which can predict appearances of schizophrenia in people just by analysing their speech patterns,” said Ștefan Iarca, business manager with XVision.
The winner of the Jury prize was XVision.
Mr. Bogdan Bercean and Mr. Stefan Iarca of XVision (opening picture, left and middle) received the trophy at the Romania Insider Awards Gala on October 16 from Mr. Catalin Radu, Country Commercial Lead Romania & Moldova with Bayer (opening picture, right).
XVision has also won the public prize for the same category, as well as the public prize winner for Best Startup, after a week-long online vote which included the top half ranked projects in these categories, after the first judging round.
The Gala at InterContinental Hotel Bucharest was attended by over 200 managers, investors and diplomats.