For hundreds of years, European inventors have created new products, services and business models, improving the way people around the world live and work. The #HiddenInventors campaign aims to celebrate European inventors - past, present and future—putting the spotlight on inventors few of us have heard of, but whose inventions we all know and use.


The campaign will also highlight the importance of Intellectual Property policies at the European level to encourage creative potential in pursuit of Europe’s technological competitiveness. We want to inspire young Europeans from all backgrounds to harness their imaginations for the benefit of society, while ensuring that the individuals behind those innovations are not only admired, but that their rights are protected.


Give our great inventors the recognition they deserve and help us inspire the next generation to shape the future of Europe. Join our celebration of The Hidden Inventors!



Select a Hidden Inventor to know more!

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Join us in celebrating European inventors who changed our world for the better. During the month of October, we are meeting with masterminds behind some of Europe’s key technologies for exclusive live conversations.

1 October 2020

LIVE Q&A - 11:30-12:00 CET



Inventor of fractal-based antenna


15 October 2020

LIVE Q&A - 11:30-12:00 CET



Ericsson's Inventor

of the Year award winner


29 October 2020



European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, 
Education and Youth 


Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson


at ThinkYoung


Europe has always been the home of innovation. For hundreds of years, European inventors have created new products, services and business models, improving the way people around the world live and work. The strong heritage of inventiveness continues in Europe to this day. Harnessing this legacy is key to creating a more competitive and resilient Europe. As the EU embarks on a transition to a greener and more digital economy and seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, unleashing the potential of innovation is more important than ever.


The ambitious agenda set out by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen a year ago and recently reiterated in the State of the European Union address requires a policy environment that incentivises current and future inventors alike, enabling them to flourish and succeed. In line with this, one of the
key priorities of Commissioner Gabriel is to set up a new European Innovation Area. This would be
geared towards the needs of innovators, helping to make sure no one is left behind.


22 October 2020

LIVE Q&A - 11:30-12:00 CET



Inventor of Bluetooth



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Carles Puente Poster
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Elvira Fortunato Poster
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Jaap Haartsen Poster
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Sophie Wilson Poster
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Walter Zapp Poster

Click to download the Hidden Inventor Posters!

ThinkYoung is the first think tank focusing on young people. It was founded in 2009 in Brussels and has expanded to Geneva, Hong Kong and Nairobi. It is a not-for-profit organisation, with the aim of making the world a better place for young people, by involving them in decision making processes and by providing decision makers with high-quality research on key issues affecting young people.


Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. 

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