Inventors of the Year 2020

Technology to transform the everyday

Every year Siemens honors particularly outstanding researchers and developers as Inventors of the Year in five categories: Talents, Open Innovation, Outstanding Invention, Lifetime Achievement and Design and User Experience. Their innovations have significantly contributed to the company’s success while also benefiting society. In times in which information technology and operational technology are converging, our inventors create technologies that are bridging those worlds and transforming the everyday. They make sure that cities are more livable, our travelling safer and industries more efficient, and they promote sustainability in society. In 2020, the 22 awarded inventors come from Germany, Spain, France, Israel, India, China and the United States. Dive into the worlds of researchers, developers and designers.


The newcomers: They may be fairly recent graduates, but these prizewinners have already come up with many inventions after working at Siemens for only a few years. Their enthusiasm for technology, their creativity, and their determination have earned them and their work tremendous respect and recognition in specialist circles.

Open Innovation

The crossover artists. Like all inventors, they like to think outside the box. And they take this one step further by completely changing perspectives from time to time. As highly innovative engineers, they know which technologies have what it takes to be successful. In such open innovation projects, researchers from Siemens, from universities or startups are jointly developing new approaches.

Outstanding Invention

Game changers earn high marks with an outstanding invention. With their inventions, the prizewinners have set new standards in their field of technology. An industrially significant invention or an improvement to an existing product led to a business success, or a new approach helped solve a social problem or improved people’s lives.

Lifetime Achievement

As the trend setters for innovation at Siemens, inventors are honored who have worked at Siemens for at least 15 years and who have come up with an impressive number of inventions over the course of their careers that were granted numerous business-relevant patents. After their long careers, the recipients can be proud of the significant contributions they have made to Siemens’ success as an innovative company.

Design and User Experience

Protecting the design of a new product increases its market value and strengthens our competitiveness. This is one aspect that these prizewinners consider. The product features a particularly user-friendly design and offers an even balance between cost and quality as well as functional added value.