INPEX’s panel of international jury members, along with the jury co-chairmen, select the winners of the special awards at INPEX, based on a points system.  These three Grand Prix Awards, as well as other trophies, are awarded to exhibitors in a number of different special classifications. See also, Jury Awards and Merit Awards


Below is a list of the 2017 INPEX Special Award Winners.


INPEX Grand Prix ($7,500 Prize)

Hyndsight Journey

Melissa Thompson - USA


INPEX Grand Prix – 1st Runner-Up ($3,000 Prize)

GrowlerGasket™

Rodney Hess - USA


INPEX Grand Prix – 2nd Runner-Up ($2,000 Prize)

The Use of Minerals and Trace Elements Containing a Variety of Natural Plant Synthesis of a Comprehensive Balanced Nutrition Good Alkaline Drinks

Yutung Wu, Ervinh Tsay - CHINESE, TAIPEI


Future Innovation Award

Therma-Stretch

Kate Sauls - USA


Woman Inventor of the Year (Domestic)

A Better Button

Cynthia Pershinsky - USA


Woman Inventor of the Year (International)

4Shu Shoe Protection From Scuffing While Driving

Andelka Toto Ormuz - CROATIA


Best Invention of the Americas

Therma-Stretch

Kate Sauls - USA


Best Invention of Europe

Manufacturing Method for Grinding Surface on Glass Cosmetics

Zuzana Skutchanova - CZECH REPUBLIC


Best Invention of the Far East

EDN Ultimate Youth Capture Bio Cellulose Mask 

Ching-Sheng Lu - CHINESE, TAIPEI


Best Invention of the Pacific Rim

Protection Device for Facilities under Transmission Lines

KEPCO - KOREA


Humanitarian Award

Shang-Ring Disposable Circumcision Device  

Jianzhong Shang - CHINA


Largest Delegation

Mr. Luo and the Chinese Delegation - CHINA


Innovators Cup

Mini Electronic Box

Pavao Potocki - CROATIA