2015 - Merit Award

Helsinki, Finland

Pyry Taanila is an advocate of design thinking and strong user-centered design. He is an inspiring example of a young and open-minded entrepreneur in design business, who has succeeded in commercializing an innovation and building a totally new product segment utilizing design. Together with a team, Taanila developed the throwable Catchbox microphone, aimed for the use of audiences. Pyry Taanila and the Catchbox company are exemplarily creating new business in Finland by successfully combining design with commercial and technical skills.



Designed for small conferences, workshops, and lectures with up to 100 people, the Catchbox 2.4 is a complete wireless microphone system that works globally without a license. With its in built frequency hopping and digital signal, the device will not interfere with other wireless mics and does not require active frequency management from the user. Catchbox brings a new element to events, increasing interactivity, flow and playfulness of the event. Simply turn it on, its that simple.



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