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Rukami Technology Creativity Festivals To Be Held in 15 Russian Cities

Source: TASS

Regional festivals of the Rukami National Technological Initiative (NTI) Club Movement dedicated to technological creativity will be held in 15 Russian cities in 2020, including St. Petersburg, Tambov, Kursk and Yakutsk. This was reported on Thursday to TASS by the press service of the Movement.

“15 Russian cities will host large-scale festivals aimed at attracting attention of youth to technological creativity and the development of the Club Movement in the regions. Based on the decision of the Competition Committee, the right to hold Rukami festivals was granted to the following Russian cities: Abakan, Belgorod, Veliky Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Krasnoyarsk, Kursk, Petrozavodsk, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Tambov, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk and Yakutsk. A series of festivals will be launched in April in the Republic of Tatarstan,” the press service of the Club Movement said.

In total, 35 regions from Kaliningrad to Komsomolsk-on-Amur submitted their applications for the competition. To participate in the selection, a future venue was supposed to offer a festival program, a list of 100 potential participants, afterwards to carry out preliminary negotiations with regional administrations, partners, and sponsors and prepare a plan of further development of the technology enthusiast community in the region.

“Rukami regional festivals are not just events for popularisation of modern technology, engineering creativity, and hobby courses. Combining the efforts of teams of enthusiasts, regional authorities, universities, schools, businesses, Rukami festivals give impetus to the development of the NTI Club Movement in the region, formation of a great community of young talented people and mentors who are passionate about technological creativity and are ready to move closer to the future with their projects,” the press service quoted the leader of the working group — The NTI Club Movement — Dmitry Zemtsov.

In 2020, the Rukami project plans to launch a festival franchise. It is expected that it will consist of providing, on certain conditions, the concept, brand materials, and expert support to regional teams that did not win or did not participate in the selection.

In 2019, regional festivals were held in ten cities: in Belgorod, Veliky Novgorod, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Tula and Chelyabinsk. The first international festival of ideas and technologies — Rukami — took place in Moscow, which brought together 20 thousand guests. More than 60 thousand people took part in the events of the festival during the year. Besides, Rukami practice exchange program is underway; last year, it covered almost three thousand club leaders, tutors, and educators.

NTI Club Movement

Rukami is a non-profit project initiated by RVC and implemented by the NTI Project Support Fund as part of the road map of the NTI Club Movement. The project is intended to attract attention of young people and a broad audience to technical creativity, creating their projects in clubs.

The NTI Club Movement is an all-Russian community of technology enthusiasts. Its goal is to form the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and managers. Among the initiatives of the Movement are the NTI Olympiad, the “Future Practices” Design Schools, the Rukami ideas and technology festivals, the “On Duty for the Planet” contests and space projects, the digital talent management platform, and others.

The tasks and capabilities of NTI are integrated in the national project named Science. According to the goals of the national project, Russia should enter in 2024 the list of top five countries engaged in research and development in sectors determined by the priorities of the scientific and technological development. The national project provides for updating at least 50% of the instrument base of leading scientific organizations.

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