Felipe VI appealed this Thursday to the need to face challenges such as “the pandemic, climate change and inequality” from “collaboration” and “innovation”. Thus, leaving behind the “watertight compartments”, such as “companies, universities, scientific and technological organizations, public administrations and society as a whole will achieve better results and higher levels of well-being”.
The Head of State participated together with Doña Letizia in the delivery of the National Awards for Innovation and Design, accompanied by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno; the Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque; the Government delegate in Andalusia, Pedro Fernandez; and the mayor of Granada, Luis Salvador.
In his speech, the king stressed that “design transcends the aesthetic to the functional, and to the usefulness of objects and the interaction between people and technology” and that “it is not circumscribed or limited to the product”, but also it has a fundamental role in the “design of processes” more efficient.
In that sense, he stressed that “there is no progress without innovation, even if it is partial “and that,” if you want to improve, it will be necessary to do different things, do them in a different way or combining the factors in a different way depending on the objective that is sought. “” That is innovation “, stressed the head of the Condition.
“To face future challenges, some unforeseeable, we will need all the talent in our society. Without a doubt, in our country we have that talent, of a solid base of professionals and companies that, as these awards show, contribute with their vision and their efforts a true added value for the progress of Spain ”, he added.
The awards delivered this Thursday honor those who have made innovation an indispensable element in the development of their professional strategy and business growth, as well as those professionals who have contributed significantly increasing the prestige of Spanish design and to the entities that have incorporated it into their strategy.
The winners in this edition have been Francisco Marin (Innovative Career award), Indra (Great Company award), Seipasa (Small and Medium Enterprise award), Juan Jose Gimeno (Professionals award), Isabel Inés Casanovas (Special mention Professionals), Luciferlamps (Company award), BBVA (special mention Company) and Eva Yarza Y Marta Yarza (Young Designers award).