December 6, Sochi hosted NTI Ecosystem: Strategy of the Future Forum, organized by Russian Venture Company (RVC). The forum was dedicated to the National Technology Initiative, the state program to support technology markets, which by 2035 could become the basis of the world economy. “Market” is a key word here, and the authors especially emphasize that this is not about supporting certain products and companies, but markets, because it is very difficult to predict the technological trajectory at the product level, and the focus on certain markets, according to the authors, maximizes the probability of the country’s technological achievements in the perspective of one or two decades. It should be noted that the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs will carry out and “wrap up” the development projects that are being developed today, the legislative acts, as well as carry out direct work in building the technologies of the future. Of course, they will have to work in new conditions — technological, economic, social — and this, according to the authors of the NTI, creates the need for new forms of educational activity, new types of institutions, entrepreneurial centers, etc. A similar logic today lies at the heart of the whole system of managing the technological development of the country — apparently, the state is aware of the speed of technological development in the leading countries of the world and is trying not only to adapt the existing support channels, mainly strictly formalized and bureaucratic, but also to stimulate the development of modern forms — network and in a sense, anti-hierarchical.
It was especially emphasized at the forum that while the promising markets entering the NTI are just beginning to develop, including: unmanned vehicles, personalized medicine, smart grid. Some exist only speculatively, for example, neurocommunications. It would seem that there is nothing to talk about so far, but the leaders of the development institutes and the NTI working groups are sure that future belongs to these markets.
RVC General Director Alexander Povalko sees the need to involve more participants in the work of the NTI in addition to the current tasks.
According to the statements made by General Director of the Innovation Promotion Fund Sergey Polyakov, the reference point for 2035 in the NTI does not mean that breakthrough technologies cannot be introduced into the market today.
Perhaps the most specific plan for the coming year within the framework of the NTI is the formation of the NTI Competence Centers. According to the plan, the Centers should provide communication with large companies, start-ups and become a support tool in the field of entrepreneurship education. Thus, the Centers created on the basis of Skoltech, MISIS National University of Science and Technology and ITMO University will participate in the market and technological expertise, as well as the creation of technical standards in the field of the digital economy.