NaviLens, an app that facilitates mobility of blind people, wins the everis Award 2018
MJN Neuroserveis, a wearable device able to warn patients and relatives of possible epileptic seizures, has been selected as runner-up award
The everis foundation holds its awards ceremony for the XVII everis Awards in the emblematic Callao Movie Theatre. With these awards, everis foundation honours once again innovation and research, and supports the efforts and entrepreneurship of Neosistec, a startup that has been selected as winner with their project NaviLensand will receive an award of € 60,000 and consulting services valued at € 10,000.
Unlike other markers, such as the well-known QR codes, NaviLens –specifically designed for smartphones– has a powerful Artificial Vision-based algorithm capable of detecting multiple markers at great distances in milliseconds, even in motion and without the need to focus. How is this valuable? It offers a system that helps blind people or people with low vision to get around indoors completely autonomously. As a pilot test, people with visual impairment who move by subway and bus in Barcelona are using NaviLens. It has shown they are able to move around autonomously in subway stations, to identify bus stops and to know which buses pass through a certain bus stop and the remaining time for the bus to come thanks to the voice system of the app.
Early detection of epileptic seizures
As a runner-up award, the jury of experts, made up of everis managers and clients with extensive experience in the assessment of entrepreneurial projects, has selected MJN Neuroserveis, a wearable device able to give early warning of an epileptic seizure. Developed by David, father of a child with epilepsy, this project has recently been certified by the EU as a medical device. A clinical trial has already been carried out to validate its technology, thanks to which it will be able to improve the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy, that of their families, as well as the social integration of patients.
In addition to these two awards, the everis foundation wanted to offer the audience and the press the chance to reward the project that had the greatest impact on them thank to the Audience and Press Special Award, which was voted during the event. The award in this category was given to the project Alén Space.
Moreover, the six finalists –all of Spanish origin– have the chance to take part in the Open Innovation Contest, hosted by NTT Data in order to bring entrepreneurs closer to the Asian market.
Awards with International Scope
The everis Awards have 17 years of history and enjoy unprecedented international projection, as highlighted by over 1,000 nominations submitted in 2018 coming from more than 20 countries. Nevertheless, this year Spain has been the country of origin of the six finalist projects, which fall in the following categories:
• Biotechnology & Health: Echophone (Madrid) and MJN Neuroserveis (Barcelona)
• IT & Digital Economy: FOXid (Madrid) and Navilens (Murcia)
• Industry & Energy: VENvirontech (Barcelona) and Alén Space (Vigo)
According to Noemí Sanín, president of the everis foundation, ‘this XVII edition of our Awards is one step forward in our commitment to promote technological projects that seek to improve our society. An example of this is the winning project, thanks to which visually impaired people can orientate themselves autonomously in places they have not yet memorised and especially in places where there is no GPS signal (e.g. subway, trains, airports)’
Furthermore, Pedro Duque, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, noted that ‘we have a great level in science in Spain. We are a country at the forefront of science but we need to take more steps in the research field and to transmit knowledge to society. This is why I encourage the everis foundation to continue developing entrepreneurship in Spain and to continue working all together’. Gunter Pauli, for his part, pointed out that ‘We need to be patient with technological innovations. The WiFi technology took 17 years to reach the consumer’.
For Karla Alarcón, director of the everis foundation, ‘The objective of the everis foundation is and will always be to promote technologies that help improve society. To this end, we make available for these innovative startups our support and that of more than 20,000 professionals who are part of everis, with all their experience and knowledge. Recognizing and strengthening the role of startups in today's business landscape is in the DNA of the everis foundation’.
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