In the evening I joined EESC Vice-President Irini Pari to award the top three prizes to the winners of the EESC’s 2009 European Design Award For a Sustainable Present (in cooperation with ‘Designed in Brussels’). The Committee had organised the awards in order to celebrate the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. First prize went to a young Irishman, James Ennis, who had designed a ‘bee house’, ‘united in diversity, living with bio diversity’.
Second prize went to a young Italian, Mauro Amoruso, who had designed a small device, built out of recycled beer cans, which converts stress into green energy. Third prize went to a young Pole, Nika Anna Rams, who had designed a very witty sink plug to go in power sockets and hence remind us of the need to try and use less energy – cleverly entitled ‘useless’ (use less – dur….). Those ideas on the ‘long short list’ were also exhibited and it was clear that the jury had had a tough job – there were loads of excellent ideas. PS You can read what our Vice-President Irini Pari made of the experience on her blog here.