Polish Smart Development Award
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Award for innovative activities
This is an image award dedicated to individuals and organizations engaged in innovative activities – encompassing both technological and social innovations – who strive to translate their work into tangible results for economic practice for the benefit of society. In their work, they simultaneously demonstrate active communication with society at large, highlighting the importance of their work for the smart development of the economy and the improvement of living standards.
Join the laureates
The 9th Edition of the Award is underway. In June 2024, PSDA statuettes will be placed in the hands of more inspiring people and organizations seeking to influence a better future. Since 2016. The winners of the award are individuals and organizations that implement innovative projects, developmental investments or carry out innovative activities resulting in the introduction of technological or social innovations already or in the future, translating into smart development. At the same time, they demonstrate open communication and promotion regarding their projects from the initial stage to market implementation. Through nationwide media and economic events, they highlight the importance of ongoing projects for improving the lives of society and developing the economy.
The award was given for supporting and
development of research and development
activity and shaping pro-innovative activities
in the Polish economy
Dr Wojciech Kamieniecki
Director of the National Center
Research and Development
Winner of PNIR 2021 in the category “Supporting innovation and competitiveness of the economy”
The award was given for the actions
and decisions directly supporting Polish
innovators in terms of the research and
development projects they conduct
their research and development projects,
which then translate into sustainable and smart development of the Polish economy
Minister of Entrepreneurship and
Winner of PSDA 2019 in the category
“Merits for the growth of innovation in the economy”
The award was given for exemplary implementation
of activities for the intelligent and sustainable economic development of Poland, based on new technologies and investments that raise living standards
Minister of Investment and Development
Winner of the 2018 PSDA in the “Man of the Year” category
Become a winner of the Polish Smart Development Award – promote yourself!
Receiving the Polish Smart Development Award underscores the awardee’s attention to the research and development sphere and its impact on the sustainable economic development of the region and the country.
Along with the reward, you will gain much more:
Get noticed in the world of science, business and innovation
According to many experts, this is a task not only for institutions, but also for practitioners themselves through greater promotion of assumptions, results to date, and ultimately project successes.
Make new business and scientific contacts
Properly planned public relations activities and a created reputation can help, among other things, at two stages of the innovation process – finding a potential partner and convincing them to participate in a joint project.
Promote your activities and person to the public
Most of the public is interested in information on innovation, and the biggest challenge is to deliver it in an attractive form through the right channels.
Get yourself noticed!
Promote yourself in the most influential Polish media!
We promote through business and industry media research and technologies of the future, that is, we present projects authored by distinguished scientists and visionary entrepreneurs, who implement them with the idea of improving specific areas of our lives. The recipients of this type of communication are potential investors, business partners or local governments. Our audiences are people among whom image matters.
The awards will traditionally be presented at the 8th Intelligent Smart Forum – at the Polish Smart Development Awards Gala taking place in its program. The Forum is a congress of projects of the future, which promotes what is most important – promising opportunities for a good future, i.e. scientific research, technological and social innovations, development projects, industrial research and valuable local government initiatives – and also appreciates and supports the brand of the authors and beneficiaries of the projects. The 2024 edition will be held in Uniejów on June 20-21, 2024, under the motto: Cooperation for development – facing the challenges of tomorrow.
Uniejów – First thermal spa
Sanus per aquam, or health through water – this is Uniejów’s chief motto! Water extracted from a depth of 2 km with a temperature of 68- 70 °C is the greatest wealth of Uniejów. Thanks to its thermal and chemical properties, it is used in the prevention and therapy of many diseases and rehabilitation. Uniejów has had the status of a spa town since 2012 and is focusing on the development of tourist and recreational functions. It is Poland’s youngest spa and the only one with a geothermal character.
Uniejów strives to make visitors feel like they are in a capsule of health and vitality here, with opportunities for preventive health and regeneration at their fingertips. Uniejów’s strength is contrast. The centuries-old history here interacts in a creative dialogue with the present.
The mission of the Polish Smart Development Award is to build a positive and interesting image of innovation. The Prize aims to discover, publicize and appreciate work and attitudes that can have a positive impact on the future of social life in its various fields.
Process of awarding the prize
Complete the verification questionnaire received within 7 days
Choose dedicated conference and media solutions to publicize your business
The data from the research, the verification survey and the chosen form of communication will form the basis for the final decisions
Presentation of awards
Let’s meet in an inspiring group of winners at the award gala during the Smart Development Forum
Who are we rewarding?
The purpose of the award is to popularize and promote pro-innovative thinking and to identify, appreciate and promote individuals and organizations that:
- EImplement innovative projects using funds under EU and national programs, as well as from their own resources, affecting the sustainable development of society and the economy
- EProvide favorable conditions for the development of R&D and investment projects
- EThey plan to use the results of their projects in business practice
- EThey are open to effective cooperation and new contacts on the science-business-government line
- EActively promote ongoing ventures to the general public, going beyond their industry or research communications
What do they say about us?
Dr Wojciech Kamieniecki
The Smart Development Forum is an excellent balance between science , and business. Congresses such as FIR are needed for a simple reason…the whole business-science trust is based on human relations. The forum provides an opportunity for dialogue and learning about each other’s capabilities and limitations. Extremely important are the conversations behind the scenes, participation in panels through which we build the conviction that the foundation is people. The worlds of business and science are completely different, but during the Smart Growth Forum they are united by dialogue and jointly finding compromises and ideas for a better tomorrow.
Dr Agnieszka Gajewiecz-Skrętna
A key role in the process of creating and implementing innovation is played by the synergy of science, business and local government. The Smart Development Forum is a unique place that initiates and supports work at the interface of these three areas. Numerous panel sessions, presentations by representatives of the scientific community, business and public institutions, as well as b2b talks provide an excellent space for exchanging experiences and establishing new business contacts.
Prof. Ireneusz Majsterek
It should be noted that at the Gala of the Polish Smart Development Award, statuettes were presented to entities that show in their work a continuous focus on the future, providing the basis for sustainable economic development of the country. During the Fourth Forum, the award was given in nine categories: scientist of the future, innovative technologies of the future, resident- and investor-friendly local government, resident- and investor-friendly local government, institute of the future, director of the institute of the future, innovation in education, visionary president and native recognized brand.
Dr Marek Skała
The Smart Development Forum is an excellent initiative. It brings together the world of science, business, local governments. A large number of debates allows to learn a wide spectrum of views on innovation, on intelligent approach to our future. The unique formula, the possibility of free discussions increases the value of the Forum. Also the place – Uniejów – where a lot has changed since investing in geothermal energy, is an example as open-mindedness and courage can change reality. The organizers – the Center for Smart Development, Eurocreator and Uniejów are doing it efficiently and effectively. It is really worth being here!
Sylwia Siebielec, M.Sc.
Participation in the Smart Development Forum allowed to meet many personalities from the world of science and business. Talking together and receiving an award provided motivation for further scientific work. The Forum provided information on how to effectively cooperate with business and build effective teams. For us as scientists, it enabled a more implementation-oriented view of research work.
I sincerely congratulate all the Laureates of the Polish Smart Development Award (…). Joining such a noble group of winners is a source of pride, gives you personal satisfaction and motivates you to do more
I would like to congratulate all this year’s Laureates of the Polish Smart Growth Awards 2018, being convinced that thanks to such initiatives as the Smart Development Forum, and the projects that have been awarded, Poland will become a leader of innovative godpods.
I am convinced that the awarding of the Polish Prize for Smart Development will significantly contribute to raising the awareness of many scientific, business and local government environments in the area of smart specialization and commercialization of scientific and technological achievements. This initiative undoubtedly serves to highlight the key role of innovative solutions in economic and social life.
The forum is a dozen conferences, dozens of speakers and exchange of opinions, experiences of professionals from the world of business, science and local government and government institutions. We want cooperation on these three levels to be the best possible, and I think our forum will contribute significantly to this. There will be panels devoted to innovative economy and smart development, as well as the most important challenges facing the Polish economy.
Prof. dr hab. inż. Jan Szmidt
This prestigious event will be an excellent opportunity to present the joint achievements of universities, business and local government. By combining our efforts and supporting technology transfer together we support the development of the Polish economy based on knowledge, modern technology and innovation.
Prof. Leszek Rafalski, D.Sc.
The event provides an opportunity to exchange views and experiences of various circles and to promote the achievements of scientists and researchers, innovative Polish companies, as well as to present the offer of investment areas of local governments. I hope that the discussions undertaken at the Forum will bring concrete results and inspire both the world of science, entrepreneurs, as well as decision-makers to introduce beneficial changes affecting the building of the country’s competitive advantage based on knowledge and innovative solutions.
I warmly greet all participants in the Smart Development Forum. I pay tribute to the organizers of the conference, which serves to consolidate Polish potential. Your deliberations, bringing together entrepreneurs, scientists and local government officials, are a very valuable undertaking. They allow the exchange of experience and ideas, and above all contribute to the creation of a synergistic effect in the cooperation of these important circles. I hope that also at this Forum many interesting ideas will be formed and many valuable projects will be initiated, serving Polish innovation and development.
Dr Agata Tyczewska
The Polish Smart Development Award has been awarded since 2016 to scientists, investors and organizations whose activities affect the sustainable development of the economy and society. In my opinion, this is a very valuable initiative, in which innovation in various areas of life is appreciated. It is also a great honor and ennoblement for scientists and organizations whose work, often for the first time, is noticed and awarded, which mobilizes further intensive work. The great value of the Polish Smart development Award is the popularization and promotion of current directions and results of research, which is extremely important in times of lack of communication between the scientific community, the business sphere and society.
Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Mlyniec
The Smart Development Forum is an extremely valuable event. Thanks to the Polish Smart Development Award, we can reach a wider audience with the results of our research. The Smart Development Forum is an extremely important event for science but also for business.
This is an incredibly interesting event for me. We can observe a great deal of development trends at it and see how important it is to emphasize the applied nature of science for business, the economy and development. The forum confirms that the era of creating science for science and for the so-called drawer is over. It is a fantastic opportunity to make business contacts.
CEO, Center for Smart Development
Director, Center for Smart Development
Dr. Janusz Karwot
CEO, PWiK Sp. z o.o.
Dr. Aleksandra Kuzior
President, Silesian Center for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development
Economist and entrepreneur, Professor at the
Academy of Science and Business in London
Dr. Agata Chudzicka-Czupała
Prof. SWPS University
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