The fifth Foresight Fleet completed its work on May 19, 2016. During 5 days, more than 700 participants boarding on ships "Business", "State", "World", "Society" have been designing a development and management strategy for the National Technology Initiative (NTI).
Foresight Fleet navigated over Volga from Samara to Astrakhan, with a stop in Volgograd where ship participants exchanged opinions on the projects and replied to each other's questions. More than 150 initiatives were presented at Foresight Fleet; many of them were included in the final presentations of 70 projects.
The participants presented 32 projects for NTI market development: NeuroNet, AeroNet, HealthNet and cross-market sectors: TechNet, IpNet. Some projects became discoveries of Foresight Fleet 2016. E.g., VCNet (venture capital — FinNet market sub group) proposed to bring Russia to Top-5 global venture markets by 2035 through creation of the global venture hub with a portfolio of financial tools that will provide financing to NTI projects on all development stages. The group indicated the key performance indicators by 2035 as follows: not less than 50% of foreign investments and 10 NTI technology companies entering IPO.
About 20 projects were determined in the MoveNet group (a subdivision of AutoNet market, developments in the field of logistics of unmanned motor transport). The group members suggested that an open platform is created with artificial intelligence in order to develop control systems. The created multimodal environment will ensure transportation of people and cargo without intermediaries and cost of logistics services will tend to zero.
IPNet group (Intellectual Property) focused on creation of an IT accelerator and development of new educational programs for school children and students. AeroNet market group prepared 2 projects with the use of outer space. The first one is an open network platform "Digital Planet" that will ensure quick and unhindered access to high-resolution geodata. The second one is the Space TechNet project; it's all about high technology recycling of space wastes and their reuse in space programs.
The Jurisdiction of Trust project was presented by the Comfortable Jurisdiction group. They offered a system solution for setting up environment that will ensure support and scalability of developments made by new technology companies under the total openness condition.
TechNet group presented 4 projects at a time: creation of testing sites for the advanced industrial technologies; creation of centers for technology testing and certification; intellectual control system for distributed design, production and maintenance of technical facilities of arbitrary complexity; set of services for testing and promotion of business hypothesis that can significantly reduce development time required for a technological solution and bringing it to the scalability stage.
Boris Ryabov, program director of "Business" ship mentioned the unprecedented courage and freedom of mind of the task forces members:
What has changed from the previous Foresight fleet? For the first time in this year, we began to talk about education a lot. This theme wasn't set by organizers, the idea was coming completely from the participants. We talked of the necessity to learn — through mentoring, from children and by creating society. We also talked about creative work: we came for the first time to the idea that creation of future is not just big companies creating their variant of future for their own benefit. This is all about the joint activity of people which is creating the future. The fact that the idea of co-creation and co-involvement appeared in conversations and thoughts of sound and mature team of entrepreneurs, investors and representatives of institutes of development, became a real discovery for me.
The ship crew presented 17 projects aimed at conditions for dynamic development of new technological companies created by the state, as well as for a system of search and development of talents and universities of a new type. Participation of regions in NTI and work models for cross-group technological task forces were developed separately.
Both groups of "Services" (for small and medium high-tech companies) proposed to set up an intellectual service, some kind of a "single window" for all state services, "Multipurpose Center for high-tech businesses". State support services may and should be outsourced to private companies in the future.
"NTI Talents" group discussed how to determine, develop and support children with special abilities, stable motivation and potential to achieve great results. Participants suggested launching a number of projects including a system of targeted search and development of talents "Great Educational Funnel" or in abbreviated form "VOVO". "VOVO" is a system encouraging talents to construct individual educational trajectories, and employing companies to determine and implement requirements for talents with a set of unique competences. The project is able to transform the talents search and recruiting market.
"NTI Universities" group proposed the project "University of the future: EDUCOINS", devoted to improvement of the educational system in quickly changing environment. Within a framework of this project, every person's action related to acquiring of new competences or perfection of the existing ones shall be kept in his/her portfolio for the entire life.
Science.Net turned out to be another project of the NTI Universities group which is a creative scientific network and a market of scientists, universities and their scientific services represented as electronic venue for information exchange and coordination of joint activity of people engaged in high tech research and development.
"Regions" group presented 3 key services of the regional NTI management system: creation of early demand for NTI companies ("Early Demand" project), export support ("Expansion" project), legislative regulation to create pilot zones ("Roadside picnic" project). The most important mission of a region will be engagement of the talented children in technology creation process.
Evgeny Kovnir, program director of the "State" ship mentioned summarizing:
Task forces determined very important trends that will impact on development of the entire system of communication between the state and business for the nearest 10 years. They include outsourcing of state services to the specialized private organizations, reduction of the state role in education, joint work of the Russian Federation districts to conquer global markets and many others. We managed to review the key ideas of service and regional NTI models, design basics for search and development of talents, fundamentals for NTI management system and to formulate specific projects to implement them as well as teams able to implement them.
Ship participants developing NTI strategy in regards to international cooperation presented 13 projects.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, program director of the ship, believes that work of experts on the "World" ship will set a vector of the country development for the nearest decades:
Active communication with the Chinese experts group is specially worth mentioning. We haven't only come to understanding of how to establish Russia-China cooperation in a due manner, but have also started working on the first joint projects related to priority NTI tracks that can be launched in the nearest future.
Evgeny Kuznetsov highlighted several projects out of those developed by the participants. "15000 scientists" project. Its objective is to engage perspective scientists from abroad and to create comfortable conditions for research work in Russia. SafeNet project idea is to develop and customize security technology without binding to any territory ensuring protection of personal information, life, health, and finance for a person, for corporations and world in general. Another project is related to development of technological solutions for the promising market of climate design and engineering that allow controlling climate change and climate adjustment on a macro-regional level.
To opinion of Evgeniy Kuznetsov, the Russia Go Global project of public and private initiative to support high tech NTI export is also promising. Russia Go Global will consolidate representatives of business communities, business, institute of development and special state authorities to achieve the complete set of NTI objectives.
Specific projects presented by the task force are being developed. For example, the project aimed at assistance to the companies participating in NTI in transformation to transnational corporations and support of high tech transnational corporations of Russian origin. The project related to creation of a single window to reduce administrative barriers in export of services provided by the Russian high technology companies.
The participants developed 20 initiatives, at the final meeting some groups consolidated and presented 8 projects.
Aleksey Sitnikov, program director of the ship mentioned that many projects presented by the participants have cross points and can evolve interacting with each other. To his opinion, "Russian Scientists proved" project can integrate Russian scientific and engineering ideas into the global agenda. It implies active promotion of achievements of the Russian scientists and engineers in the global information environment with the help of the latest information and humane technologies.
Two projects were based on the networks: "Craftsmen of the future" project that implies development of the self-organization mechanism for makers’ community in Russia, and EduNet, which is a self-regulating network space for communication of customers, vendors and consumers of the lifelong learning education. According to Aleksey Sitnikov, EduNet is a ready venue for self-realization of retired people who will get an opportunity to share their experience with the others. Theme of third aged people was discussed on the motor ship and in the "NTI Silver Century" project The task force suggested to switch from the model of a retiree living out his days to the model of an active participant in technological transformation of life forming demand for technologies ensuring long healthy life and investing pension savings to their development.
The "Trust Protocol" project sets an objective to create an image of "NTI hero" and promote it to public, which will help to formulate new mythology and new ideology of XXI century. Aleksey Sitnikov mentioned that, in the course of initiatives development, almost all groups on the "Society" ship raised an issue of NTI ethics and undertaking responsibility for implementation of the projects and the suggested system changes.
Results of joint work of the people participating in Foresight Fleet 2016 will be submitted for consideration to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in July 2016.
Foresight Fleet 2016 organizers were Strategy Initiative Agency in Partnership with RVC, WorldSkills Russia Union, Professional Association of Directors "Directorium".