Tech in Media competition is designed to encourage and stimulate journalists and mass media engaged in exposure of innovation processes in Russia. The contest also helps to attract attention of wide population groups to the issues related to technological development, enhance prestige of the scientists and promote sample of successful commercialization of the scientific developments.
Track themes are changed every year and are determined by the contest Organization Committee based on the following criteria:
1) binding to RVC market themes,
2) promotion of the cross-industry NTI technologies,
3) binding to the purposes the of venture market development,
4) availability of commercial sponsor interested in support of the thematic track.
Main project focus in 2018 - strengthening of the community of authors writing about science and innovation, opinion leaders in the field of science and technology promotion, attraction of the journalists' attention to the priority directions of NTI technological agenda determined at the thematic stages of Tech in Media'18.
This, authors of journalistic works written during the last calendar year for the specified themes are invited to participate in the competition. Works that were not submitted to the Tech in Media in the previous years are accepted.
Support program for journalism of technology, science and innovation in the form of a contest for the best authors as RVC initiative exists for more than seven years, from 2011. "Innovation by journalists eyes" contest was re-launched under Tech in Media brand in 2014, when the program was amplified with the educational component in addition to the competition. Thus, during 2014-15, Tech in Media team implemented a number of educational activities (seminars, lectures, business games) for regional journalists, students interested in building a career in the field of scientific and technological journalism. At the venues of the large regional forums, where the intermediate contest result were determined, master classes and round tables for the journalists were held by the leading specialists in the field of creation of the content related to innovation and venture market and popular science. For the last two years, content partners and sponsors of the Tech in Media contest were the following corporations: Intel, Rosatom, Merk, Rybakov Fund and others.
In 2018, applications for participation in four thematic tracks "Venture business", "Life science", "Philanthropy and technology", "Hydrogen energy" were submitted by 610 authors from printed, internet mass media, radio and TV journalists from 33 cities. Based on the results of work of the expert council and jury, the best works of the eighth season were determined. The winners shared the prize pool for 2,240,000 roubles.
Best authors in "Life science" track, besides money prizes, will receive the opportunity to go to a press-tour in Testa Center, production venue and R&D center managed by the partner of the GE Healthcare Life Sciences contest in Sweden.
Authors of the new technological track "Philanthropy and technology" that appeared at the contest for the first time in 2018 were awarded as well. Track partner — Rybakov Fund, private Russian philanthropy fund awarded the journalists that are interested in digital projects created to solve social problems.