Established in 1978 by the famous Russian magazine “Inventor and Rationalizer”, the “Technology – the Chariot of Progress” competition aims to stimulate the creation of promising inventions, encourage bold improvements and radical changes to the field, and support budding new inventors whose financial prospects are not yet apparent.
The winner is awarded with a special medal inscribed with the Latin phrase “Feci quod potui, faciant meliora potentes”-“I have done what I could, let those who can do better”.
Over the past 36 years the competition has featured inventors from the USSR, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, the U.S, Belgium, Yugoslavia, and countries of the CIS. Amongst the winners of the competition were brilliant names such as M.Kalashnikov creator of the world’s most famous firearm, S.S Baladin designer of modern aircraft engines, V.V. Glushko a pioneer in the field of rocket propulsion, G.A. Llizaro an outstanding soviet surgeon, and V.P. Mishin leading inventor in the field of rocket and space technology.
One of the recipients of the 2013 award, was Aleksei Onipko for his radical innovation the Onipko Rotor; prized for its capability to function at low wind speeds making it suitable for virtually all regions of the globe.
Laureates of the 2013 contest “Technology – the Chariot of Progress”
left to right: Kolganov V.V., Onipko A.F., Saven A.E., Kovalov V.V.