The NTI Olympiad is organized by RVC and ASI in partnership with the largest technical universities and corporations. Its goal is to search and develop talents for the National Technological Initiative, a program to create fundamentally new markets and ensure Russia’ global technological leadership by 2035. The Olympiad is held in 17 educational profiles that correspond to the industry priorities of NTI. They include unmanned vehicles, big data and machine training, robotics, nanotechnology, small space vehicles, biotechnology, etc.
In 2018, as many as 20,000 schoolchildren from all over Russia claimed to participate in the competition. After passing qualifying rounds, 578 participants reached the finals. Around 360 of them were invited to the final face-to-face stage in the first 9 profiles of the Sochi Olympics, which took place in the format of team engineering competitions. Within the framework of the finals, high school students worked on solving specific technological problems. E.g. the participants of the "Space Systems" profile had to assemble the existing microsatellite model, contestants in the "Neurotechnology" profile developed a control system for the bionic hand prosthesis, and the finalists of the "Nanotechnology" direction modified bacteria to produce the plasmid — the ring DNA molecule, so that it could be embedded in living cells and change their properties.
According to the results of several days of the competition, 11 best teams and 18 winners of the NTI Olympiad were chosen in an individual all-around. The final place of the contestants was determined by the results of the subject tour and the team's place in the profile rating. In terms the total number of points, schoolchildren from St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Snezhinsk, Kaliningrad, Tula, Blagoveshchensk, Tambov, Nefteyugansk, Tomsk and Moscow joined the winners. The profiles of the NTI Olympiad are included in the official list of the Olympiads of the Russian Council of School Olympiads (RCSO). And this means that winners and prize-winners will be able to enter universities-organizers without exams or receive additional points upon admission.
The final stages of the remaining eight profiles of the NTI Olympiad will be held in March-April 2018 at the sites of partner universities in six Russian regions, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.
The NTI Olympiad was launched for the first time in 2015. Among the organizers of the competitions are Moscow Polytechnic University, SPbPU (St. Petersburg Polytechnic University), TPU (Tomsk Polytechnic University), University of Innopolis, MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology), NNIU MEPhI (National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute), ITMO University, FEFU (Far Eastern Federal University), UrFU (Ural Federal University), SibSAU (Siberian State Aerospace University) named after M.F. Reshetnyov, MISiS (Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys), MSTU (Moscow State Technical University) named after N. E. Bauman, and SKFU (North-Caucasus Federal University). Partners of the NTI Olympiad profiles also include Sukhoi Company, UAC (United Aircraft Corporation), Rusnano and other Russian corporations that participate in the development of tasks for schoolchildren. The launch of the next cycle of the NTI Olympiad 2018/2019 is scheduled for September 2018.
Detailed information on the course of the NTI Olympiad can be found under the following link: http://nti-contest.ru/.
The National Technological Initiative (NTI) is a long-term comprehensive program to create conditions to ensure the leadership of Russian companies in new high-tech markets that will determine the structure of the global economy in the next 15-20 years. NTI is built as a broad coalition activity involving the formation of groups of like-minded people: these are technology entrepreneurs, representatives of leading universities and research centres, large business associations of Russia, development institutions, expert and professional communities, and executive bodies concerned. Currently, in operation are 12 working groups which maintain road maps to develop nine promising markets and three cross-market directions. http://www.nti2035.ru