Taiwan came away from an annual invention fair in Moscow with more than 100 medals, second only to the event’s host nation, the Taipei-based Chinese Innovation and Invention Society said yesterday.
Taiwanese inventors took home 44 gold, 47 silver and 17 bronze medals, along with eight special prizes at the 16th Moscow International Salon of Inventions and Innovation Technologies “Archimedes,” which wrapped up on Friday, the society said.
The wins put the nation second only to Russia among the 18 countries that took part in the fair.
Taiwan also submitted the largest number of inventions from any single country this year, with 137 of the 750 works, the society said.
The youngest Taiwanese winner was Lu Yen-jung (盧諺融), an eighth-grader at Taiwan’s Deguang Catholic High School, who won a gold for his invention of a blackboard eraser that plays music when in use, the society said.
Meanwhile, almost every one of Taiwan’s 95 entries won a medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.
In an award ceremony late on Friday, Taiwanese inventors received 37 gold medals, 39 silvers, 16 bronzes and six special awards, Taiwan Invention Association vice chairman Chen Tsung-tai (陳宗台) said.
The inventions recognized included an infrared-based facial mask and a walking stick with a directional indicator, Chen said in a telephone interview, adding that they were praised by the judges for their functionality and success in cross-industry cooperation.
Taiwan’s 53 stalls were set up by 16 schools and 11 companies as part of a 65-member Taiwanese delegation. They were among the most visited areas in the exhibition, Chen said.
The annual fair, which is considered the world’s largest marketplace for inventions, opened on Wednesday and is scheduled to close today.
Worldwide, a total of more than 700 companies, schools and individual inventors from 45 countries participated this year.