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  • Estonian Invention Show 2019 did happen

    Posted on November 23rd, 2019 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    It was for the second time around when we had the invention show by western standards in Estonia. About 20 inventors from Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Cyprus and Estonia were gathering at Öpik House, Ülemiste City in Tallinn from 14-15th November. The location was better than last year, situated at a public hallway of the building and opened to visitors for free 🙂

    The purpose of the show is to inspire would be inventors and to recognize those who have done good works already. It is a great place to promote your invention or product.

    Memorial medals were given to all who participated and helped out with the show. Golden medals where given to 8 inventors and 2 organisations who are supporting sole inventors. Medal winners are : Elmar Laarmann (EST) , Heikki Helminen (FIN), Janis Dumpis (LV), Siret Esko (EST), Pauli Pieti (FIN), Tapio Ruosteinen (FIN), Kalle Köömnemägi (EST), Pauli Lagerstedt (FIN) and Margit Lehis (EST). On the top of that 3 carbon fibre trophies made by were presented to private companies. Ceriffi OY from Finland was awarded for being the most inventor friendly company, Home of Cool for the coolest design product and Fricter won the public award which was voted by all who visited the show. 

    The main support for the show came from Finnish companies and Finnish Inventors National Federation lead by Maunu Korpela and Petri Peltonen. Estonian side was poorly to support the show. I did ask money from the Ministry of Economics who guided me to the Estonian Research Council. Same body who supports the student inventors annual exhibition . They denied my request. As inventor my understanding is that Estonian state do not care much about its sole inventors neither understands the meaning of invention as such properly. Yes you can argue with that but the bottom line is that many sole inventors have left the country with their great inventions and state is loosing out.  It has happened in the past with inventions like  Minox,  Skype, T5  and many others. I can see this trend continuing and there is no stop before supporting measures and grants will be awarded at the state level to make inventors stay and work for Estonia with a pride.

    Looking into the reports by OECD, European Commission and IMF  in 2017 /18 , innovation and its export from Estonia has not improved despite the money has been spent by its government. In other words a lot of it has been waisted to improve our R&D. As far I understand there is nothing to innovate without inventions. There would be no watch on your wrist, no computer at your desk, no fridge in kitchen, no TV in your lounge or no car at your courtyard . In fact we would still jump around the fire and munch a meat from the bones if lucky …

    So, as the support for EIS 2019 has been poorly I will take a gap year and continue with the show only when I get a proper support by Estonian state and tech companies.

    The photo gallery of the show can be found from the  Invention News  Facebook page.

    Finally I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the  Estonian Invention Show  and who are supporting inventors! Together we can make this World a better place 🙂 

    Leo Siemann , inventor & the founder of EIS


  • Estonian Invention Show 2018 had a successful launch

    Posted on October 16th, 2018 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments


    This was the first time when such a western show concept was introduced to Estonia. We had real inventors presenting their real inventions to the public and telling their stories at the stage. We also had guest speakers : EU Patent attorney Margus Sarap and FINF director and IPR expert Maunu Korpela from Finland.

    Gold medals were presented in 10 different categories and Public Award was given to inventor Jason Munro from England.



     Gold medals were given in 10 Categories :

    1. ENVIRONMENT –  Hydrogen cell for combust engines – Ecomotus Ltd / UK – Jason Munro

    2. CATASTROPHE –  Impulse Fire Extinguisher – Pulstech OÜ  – Allan Ventsel, Kalle Köömnemägi, Ardo Pärna and prof. Vladimir Zakhmatov

    3. MEDICAL – Microgenerator EHF – Valeri Aljas

    4. HOUSEHOLD – Fish Scaler – Hando Kruuv

    5. MUSIC – Chord Viola – Gabriel Passov

    6. LEISURE – Cumulus boat – Kalev Essenson

    7. CREATIVE DESIGN – Pearl Embroidery – Siret Esko

    8. BEST MATERIAL – Carbon Composites – Erismet OÜ – Ben Einborn and Rinaldo Olberg

    9. WORK WITH THE NEXT GENERATION  – National Contest for Young Inventors – Estonian Research Council – Margit Lehis

    10. CREATIVE SOLUTION  –  Arcallia – Kalle Köömnemägi and Veiko Huuse

    There were many more inventions presented at the show with working prototypes like magnetic motor by Raivo Pennaste and Anni Vahter, Biofor by Valeri Aljas, and a vertical windmill with recycled airplane wings by Ardo Pärna. Still, It is not so easy to engage public and media for a such a show. As we know 2-3% inventions can be commercially viable only. Therefore a startup or the tech show can attract more people as many things are working by then already. Regarding to invention, prototype is a very early and raw stage and needs to be tested many more times before the viable product can be made. Still, it is a great chance to meet inventors who are the original source of novelty. If we encourage those people and inspire public then society becomes more inventive and entrepreneurial and that will improve our technology and economy overall.

    Estonian Invention Show 2018 was supported by entrepreneur Veiko Huuse and  Arcallia which is a great platform for all inventors. To learn more about it please go to their homepage :  I hope that Estonian state and the City Council of Tallinn can support the show one day as well.

    Here is my interview with FINF executive director Maunu Korpela : “Private inventors vs companies”

    The second one is with Gold medalists and Public Award winners Jason Munro and Indrek Hallikmäe from Ecomotus Ltd. /

    * The story was written and interviews taken by Leo Siemann.

  • Britain attracts inventors for so many reasons

    Posted on November 17th, 2016 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Surprise inventor Mr Lin from China with his waterproof socket called SocketKing @BIS

    Why so? I recon because of Britain stands out for its differences, engineering skills and industrial input to the world economy but not just. I do believe there is also something genuine in britts which makes inventing even more possible and that is No fear to be different or a nutter’ as we say 😉 So, if you are british and you think that car can run on 3 wheels only – you can just do it and that is acceptable by the society. Not to mention their inch, foot and pint. By other words in Britain You can be different just like Mr. Bean and that is absolutely norm.

    The British Invention Show 2016  was held at Barbican Exhibition Centre, London from 19-22nd October. This years show was smaller but still gathered over 50 inventors from 8 countries around the World. The Silver, Gold and Platinum awards where given in many categories to thank inventors for their hard work. The main trophy went to Croatian team for their age recognition system for internet users. You can read more about the show at the British Inventor’s Society homepage or visit . Also you can watch interviews at the BIS Vimeo Channel and see photos at Invention News Facebook gallery. The British Invention Show was founded by Mr. Kane Kramer, inventor of the Digital Audio Player, back in 2000 and is run  by the British Inventor’s Society every Autumn.

    * As I have been inspired by Britts once again, I will start Estonian Invention Show soon. Dates to be confirmed but talks with partners have already started. If you would like to support or join in then please let me know via eMail : , Cheers !