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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.


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!

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Research Report Hidden Inventors:
How divergent thinking can foster inventiveness in Europe

ThinkYoung has developed a report analysing divergent thinking across Europe and collecting best practices and recommendations to foster inventiveness.

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#HiddenInventors: How can the EU promote inventiveness in youth?

Join us for the 2nd Live Conversation on "How can the EU promote inventiveness in youth?", with Member of the European Parliament, Maria da Graça Carvalho and President of the European Patent Office, António Campinos #HiddenInventors

4 February 2022 - 1.30pm CET

Past Webinars

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Why education and invention still matter in Europe

The EU is at a turning point: embracing digital transformation; striving for carbon neutrality. The key? As President von der Leyen said, ‘young people must be able to shape Europe’s future’.

Which European Inventor Are You?

Take a first leap into the exciting world of the Hidden Inventors and discover which type of inventor you are most like. Are you more of a creative type like Albert Einstein, or an acrobat to solve the most complex enigmas like Alan Turing?

Take our quiz to find out and share your results on social media!


Billboards Winning Ideas

In 2021 we visited schools and presented the Hidden Inventors campaign to over 600 teenagers from all over Europe. Over 150 of them participated in a competition sending their billboards ideas to celebrate inventors. The best 5 billboards have been printed and placed all around Brussels to raise awareness with The European Parliament and the The European Commission Policy Makers on the importance of inventors and inventiveness.

Here there are our winners!

Participate in our competition!

In 2020, our Hidden Inventors billboards have popped up all over Brussels to make the public discover the importance and celebrate European inventors which are too often forgotten.

This year, we are giving YOU the unique opportunity to design your own billboard! Are you in?

Billboards are normally used to display advertisement or information on public spaces, but what could be an alternative use for them? The most innovative ideas will be displayed around the city.

Thanks for submitting!

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Hidden Inventors 2020 Book


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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