On Monday, 6th of February, Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia presided over the 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Design in Madrid.
The awards are given out by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness through the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation. The winners were Carlos Moro González, Galician Innovation Agency, Cosentino Company, Mario Ruiz Rubio and the Simon Company. González won the National Innovation Prize for “Innovative Trajectory”, while Galician Innovation Agency won the National Innovation Award for “Innovative Public Procurement.” The winner of the National Innovation Award for “Internationalization” went to the company, Cosentino. Lastly, Mario Ruiz Rubio won the National Design Prize for professionals, and the company, Simon won the National Design Award for companies.
The King spoke during the ceremony telling those in attendance that schools and universities of the 21st century have to “influence the culture of innovation, it is, without a doubt, the best bet for the future.” He added that innovation lies with the people “because an innovative person, with their attitude and conviction, will make your institution and his team also be [innovative]. That is why it is essential that we work to promote these profiles from the earliest ages.”
His Majesty went on to talk about how science, innovation, and design are “basic pillars of competitiveness” and allow people to position [themselves] better in the market.” He further mentioned that innovation will be a key to the economic success and competitiveness of Spain in the future.
According to Casa Real, “The National Awards for Innovation and Design are the highest award in Spain in recognition of companies and professionals who have stood out for their excellent and exemplary career in some cases in the field of design and others in the field of innovation. These awards recognise both innovation and design as essential factors to increase competitiveness and economic performance as well as to bring quality of life to citizens.
“With them, it is also a matter of promoting the culture of design and innovation in Spain, both in business and in society as a whole.”