Project: Global Technology Leadership Forum
The state is ready to invest 258 billion roubles in high-tech breakthrough projects from 2020 to 2024, private investors will give the same amount, said Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov at the Global Technology Leadership Forum. In Sochi, where the event was held, the authors of promising developments in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, sensors, quantum technologies, and others met with potential partners and investors. The effectiveness of government investment in end-to-end technology is already evident: in particular, 14 centres of competence of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) have been launched in the country, which conduct research and offer specific developments for implementation.
The Global Technology Leadership Forum was held from December 5 to 7 in Sochi by Russian Venture Company (RVC) and the NTI Platform with the support of the Russian government. The urgent tasks of the event, as stated by their organizers, are the formation of the state’s innovative policy, attracting investors to support breakthrough projects, and also the development of high-tech export of Russian products.
According to Dmitry Peskov, the effectiveness of public investment in these areas is already confirmed by practice. In particular, 14 centres of competencies (engineering and educational units based on universities aimed at the development of technologies) were launched in the country — “Izvestia”) NTI, which conduct research and offer specific developments on end-to-end technologies.
One of the most striking formats of the forum was the exchange of support programs, during which start-up leaders presented their projects to potential investors using short presentations, and then answered their questions. Representatives of the Skolkovo Foundation acted as specialists who considered the possibility of financing a knowledge-based business.
In particular, the speaker singled out the company Geoscan — its specialists produce unmanned systems capable of creating 3D models of entire regions with all roads, houses, and communications. So, within the framework of the project, a spatial model of the Tula Region was created, which allowed identifying unused areas of agricultural land.
The representative of Skolkovo also pointed out the weaknesses in the training of Russian start-ups, which, however, are not critical.
Representatives of large companies and state corporations also searched for fresh, innovative ideas at the forum. They are ready to implement the best of them in their business processes.
For example, among the solutions that increase the safety of workers in the energy sector, the Tightrope Walker robot was presented at the forum. This mechanism, similar to a mechanical spider, can move along power lines, carrying out their diagnostics and necessary repairs, which eliminates the contact of people with dangerous high-voltage wires.
Also, Rosatom is closely watching the scientific developments of Russian universities.
We arrived at the forum and representatives of universities.
Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, speaking at the plenary session of the second day of the forum, stressed the state’s readiness to support promising projects proposed by the participants.
According to Maxim Akimov, these amounts are unprecedented for Russian practice. They will go on the development of such breakthrough areas as robotics, quantum technologies, wireless communications, virtual reality, manufacturing technologies, and artificial intelligence.