02 November, 2015
Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show 2015: Man at the Crossroads of Trends of the Technological Revolution

Moscow, November 2, 2015 – the work of Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show 2015, which was held at VDNKh from October 28 to November 1, 2015, was completed.

Discussions of the Forum were built around the topic of "Man at the Crossroads of Trends of the Technological Revolution" and focused on three key areas of human life, dramatically changing under the influence of technology: productivity, habitat, education, health and entertainment. This year Open Innovations Forum emphasized the renewed interactive presentation and discussion of information, following the best international practices of technological congresses.

Forum was held under the auspices of the Russian Government, with the support of Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and the Russian Ministry of Education with the participation of the Government of Moscow and Russian development institutes: JSC "RUSNANO", OJSC "RVC", Skolkovo Foundation, Vnesheconombank, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology.

During the five days of work in the activities of the Forum leading international experts in in the field of innovation, representatives of the government of Russia and foreign countries, scientific community, business, technology corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as young start-ups and the leaders of the student community made their presentations. Among the Forum participants were Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, top officials of the ministries of Russia, India, China, Brazil, South Africa, Israel and other countries, heads of Russian development institutions and foreign corporations, international experts, such as the well-known economist and writer Jeremy Rifkin, Nobel laureate in economics Noel Rubini, legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan, president of Pixar animation studio Jim Morris, Scientific Director of SENS Research Foundation Aubrey de Grey and many others.

Speaking at the plenary session of the Forum, Dmitry Medvedev pointed out that the alternative to the innovative development of Russia does not exist: "Progress can not be stopped. The course to support innovative growth will continue, and this is a task of the state. We must fit into the global technological world". Head of the Government also stressed that Russia is open to innovative cooperation with everyone who is interested in it, despite all the attendant circumstances.

The topic of cooperation and consolidation at all levels from intercity up to international became one of the leitmotifs of the Forum. Most participants of the Forum discussions dedicated to a variety of issues - air and mechanical engineering, education and research projects, medicine and pharmacology, and many others spoke of the importance of working together in the development, research and implementation of innovative technologies. "Today we have a unique opportunity to combine resources and capabilities for the successful implementation of large-scale research infrastructures, established in the territory of the BRICS countries that will allow us to take the leading positions in the relevant scientific fields", – Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Dmitry Livanov said at the strategic session "Research Infrastructure of the BRICS countries". The importance of joint efforts around creating innovative world of the future was pointed out in the speeches of the participants of the central Open Talk discussions, by the Vice President for Research and Technology of Airbus Company Axel Flaig, Director of SENSEable City Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Carlo Ratti, participants of the session "National Platform of Open Education. Is It Possible to Substitute Coursera?" of the Education day, panel discussion "World Health Industry. How Can Russia Remain in the Market of Global Innovation?" of the Health day, etc.

Another leitmotif of the Forum was improving the competitiveness of Russian innovations in various fields, from education to engineering. "Russia is at the forefront of innovative development", – Jeremy Rifkin said at the public lecture. The expert noted that Russia is a leader in the field of innovation: the most significant discoveries of the XX century - the century of the second industrial revolution - were made right here. In his opinion Russia has all opportunities: renewable natural resources, knowledge, talented scientists and inventors, in order to become a leader of innovative development in the period of the third industrial revolution of the XXI century. "We should not just remain on the market of global innovation, we have to define it", – speaker of the Forum, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "R-Pharm" Aleksei Repik claims.

With the purpose of development of the Russian and the international cooperation in the field of innovation, a number of agreements on cooperation was signed at the Forum. At the initiative of the Foundation "Skolkovo" and OJSC "RVC", agreements were concluded with Russian and foreign companies and institutions of higher education. Russian innovations were awarded at the ceremonies of summarizing IV All-Russia Challenge Cup for the title of "The Best Innovative Region of Russia" – 2015, Competition of Space Technologies and Telecommunications Cluster SKonnekt, International Prize in Nanotechnology RUSNANOPRIZE 2015, Fourth National Rating of Russian High-Tech Growth Companies "TekhUspekh", I Open Championship of Russia on Composites Composite Battle-2015, National Award "Venture Capitalist" 2015 and Umnik Program.

Technology Show "Open Innovations" was attended by Russian and foreign exhibitors, experts and visitors who presented developments in the field of robotics, health care, digital, gaming and industrial technology, transport and construction an interactive entertaining format. Visitors of the Technology Show appreciated the new format of the exhibition, stands presented at the exhibition, interactive and educational activities organized by exhibitors. The highest estimation of visitors of the Technology Show were received by the stands of the Government of Moscow, Skolkovo Foundation, OJSC "RVC", JSC "RUSNANO", Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications of Russia, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, Voronezh Region, the Republic of Tatarstan and Mordovia, IBM and Intel companies, Robot Ball and Science Festival, etc.

The Startup Show final at Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show 2015 defined the winning team that was awarded the first prize in GVA Launch Gurus and Microsoft special nomination. The award-winning team is Flexbby that creates flexible technological solutions for management and automation. Flexbby met all the jury requirements and received the Microsoft Azure cloud grant of $120,000 for one year. The Microsoft cloud will allow Flexbby to host their website, will provide the backend of a mobile app, environment for remote work of developers, backup storage and data analysis. The winners will also get support in promotion on the market and technological consultations of the Microsoft experts.

The next Open Innovations Forum 2016 will be held in October - November 2016. And, perhaps, VDNKh will become a permanent venue of the Forum, this proposal was made by the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin: "Every year, filling VDNKh with new content, we also provide new opportunities for Open Innovations Forum.

About Open Innovations Technology Forum and Show

Open Innovations Technology Forum and Show is the largest in Russia event, revealing the topic of the future of technology in modern life, economy and society.

The Forum is held since 2012 under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation, with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and with the participation of the Government of Moscow, as well as the Russian development institutions of OJSC “ROSNANO”, OJSC “RVK”, the Foundation “Skolkovo”, Vnesheconombank, the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in the Scientific and Technical Fields. The operator of the Forum is the Foundation “St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.” Over the years, the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the heads of the governments of some foreign countries, the representatives of the large companies took part in the Forum.

The Forum participants include major technology companies and young start-ups, venture industry and state development institutions, visionaries and engineers, suppliers and consumers of technology.

This year’s event will be held in a new format of discussions “sans ties”, in the truly informal and interactive environment. In addition to the plenary presentations, the master classes, free lectures, presentations, debates, workshops, public interviews will be held during the Forum.

The discussions will be built around the topic of “The Man at the Crossroads of the Technology Revolution Trends" and focused on five key areas of the human life, changing dramatically under the technology influence: productivity, habitat, education, health and show-business industry. A certain day of the Forum will be dedicated to each of these areas.

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