The National Technology Initiative (NTI) is a comprehensive long-term program aimed at the creation of fundamentally new markets and the creation of conditions for Russia to become a global technology leader by 2035. Implementation of the NTI is one of the priorities of Russia’s state policy.
The Russian Venture Company (RVC) was authorized perform the function of the NTI Project Office by Decree No. 317 of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 18, 2016, on Implementation of the National Technology Initiative.
RVC carries out project management; provides organizational, technical, expert and analytical support; and also provides information and finance for the development and implementation of NTI roadmaps and projects.
NTI roadmaps, including measures for the development and promotion of advanced technologies, products and services, are the key instrument for the creation of new global markets in the long term.
Performance Results of the NTI Project Office in 2017:
- Roadmaps for the NTI TechNet and Club Movement were approved;
- 21 NTI projects were approved by the Interdepartmental Working Group Under the Presidium of the Council for Economic Modernization and Innovative Development of Russia (IWG);
- Roadmaps for NTI implementation were developed in seven regions of Russia;
- Seven working groups were set up to improve legislation and remove administrative barriers, and seven normative roadmaps were submitted for approval;
- NTI University 20.35 was established;
- Six NTI centers of excellence based at universities and scientific organizations were selected;
- NTI technology contests were launched by RVC, the Skolkovo Foundation and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI);
- NTI Contest: the annual high school student team tech competitions for the 2017-18 academic year was launched in partnership with leading Russian universities;
- Cybathletics competitions were supported in cooperation with Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade;
- RVC became a general partner for Russia’s first Goldberg Cup.
- NTI projects were presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Innoprom 2017 international trade fair.
It’s worth noting that the project office is now supporting more in-depth expert evaluations of NTI projects. As a result of this work, projects are more mature than they were two or three years ago. In 2017, RVC carried out a great deal of work that, while not immediately visible, ensured the uninterrupted financing of NTI projects. RVC is performing its functions as the NTI project office in an efficient and effective manner. One of the most important results of this activity was the establishment of three venture capital market with Skolkovo. A development strategy was adopted that takes into account the numerous difficulties we faced in previous years.
Financial Support for NTI Projects
RVC supports selection and implementation of NTI projects and develops a system for their life-cycle management. Priority is given to platform projects that develop their own ecosystem and promote the creation of new market niches, to start-ups and innovative business projects by reputable companies capable of forming global products for a global market and to execute pilot projects that comply with NTI's roadmaps.
In 2017, 21 NTI projects with financing of RUB 6.3 billion to be allocated over five years were approved for implementation. As of December 2017, the total portfolio of NTI projects included 32 projects with financing of RUB 8.7 billion to be allocated by 2021.
A second NTI Development competition based on the technological barriers outlined in five NTI roadmaps was held in cooperation with the Foundation for Promoting Innovation.
- In 2017, 745 bids worth a total of RUB 13 billion were received.
- Based on the results of the second competition, 130 bids worth a total of RUB 2 billion were supported.
|Project||Roadmap||Purpose of the project|
|Robotized passenger transportation||AutoNet||Creation of technologies for unmanned passenger transport|
|Engineering tenders and competitions||MariNet||Development of a system for educational and competitive programs for the creation of innovative solutions in the shipbuilding industry|
|MPAC-3D (Multipurpose Hardware-Software Complex)||MariNet||Development of a 3D system for geophysical mapping of the seabed|
|Digital model of the Republic of Tatarstan||AeroNet||Development and pilot implementation of a cloud-based 4D geoinformation platform in the Republic of Tatarstan.|
|Mentoring at Kvantorium technoparks||Club Movement||Creation of an innovative educational space for children interested in technical and natural sciences based at Kvantorium children’s technoparks.|
|Remote monitoring of certain chronic non-communicable diseases||HealthNet||Introduction of remote medical services for supervision of chronic patients using personal telemedicine devices and artificial intelligence systems|
|Model for an unmanned aircraft capable of performing long-duration and long-distance flights||AeroNet||Creation of a system for aerial monitoring of extended infrastructure in the Arctic and other regions using unmanned aircraft with a takeoff mass of more than 7 tons.|
|Universal unmanned platform with a high cargo-carrying capacity||AeroNet||Development of a universal multirotor-type unmanned aerial vertical take-off and landing platform with a payload of over 100 kg; implementation of pilot projects in the area of cargo transportation and aerial chemical works in agriculture and forestry|
|NTI University 20.35||Club Movement||Design and approval of the NTI University model|
|NTI Contest||Club Movement||Holding the 2017-2018 NTI National Engineering Competition for schoolchildren|
|NTI Venture Fund||Total portfolio||Venture support for the growth of NTI companies|
|Living Breath||HealthNet||Creation of a medical and technological platform for personal treatment and health management|
|Economic neurobarometer||NeuroNet||Development and organization of production of mini neuromarketing laboratories|
|NeuroEar||NeuroNet||Creation of machine hearing algorithms for artificial intelligence|
|IoEN Architecture||EnergyNet||Creation of a network for the exchange of electrical power and the development of software and hardware for modeling options for energy systems management|
|HealBe||HealthNet||Development of a portable device for weight control|
|EXOATLET BAMBINI||NeuroNet||Development of a new method for neurorehabilitation using an exoskeleton for small patients, including children and teenagers|
|Energy Content||EnergyNet||Creation of a solid-state storage power plant to reduce energy rates|
|ATOM Small telecommunications space satellite platform||AeroNet||Development of a small telecommunications space satellite platform to support the operation of multipurpose communication satellites|
|Sevastopolenergo Digital Regional Electricity Grid||EnergyNet||Creation of a modern business model and standards for the operation of a network energy company based on a new technological model|
|Driver Activity Support System||NeuroNet||Creation of a comprehensive system of transport safety controlled by artificial intelligence to prevent accidents due to loss of concentration by drivers or by violations of traffic rules|
Development of NTI Roadmaps
NTI roadmaps outline the conditions necessary for the creation and development of technologies, products and services that will enable Russian companies to take priority positions in new markets. In 2017, two new roadmaps were approved: TechNet and Club Movement. In total, eight NTI roadmaps had been approved by the end of 2017.
Introduction of advanced manufacturing technologies and the creation of “Factories of the Future”.
The modern economy has established new requirements for industrial production: it is becoming increasingly technology-based all the time. Enterprises using digital solutions for their system of business management are more efficient. In 2017, the NTI’s TechNet roadmap was approved, which calls for the development of advanced manufacturing technologies.
The TechNet roadmap provides for the creation of infrastructure for the development of so-called Factories of the Future, supported by modern technologies (information enterprise management systems, robots, additive technologies, etc.). Factories of the Future will ensure the ultra-fast design and production of new-generation products that are competitive on a global basis. At the first stage of the roadmap, four sites for testing new technologies will be set up (based at Polytech, Skoltech, Saturn NPO and MISIS), accelerators for developers and accelerated certification procedures will be launched, and training for the required specialists will be provided.
The introduction of new technologies will accelerate the manufacturing process, improve its economic viability and reduce dependence on imports in various areas of Russian industry.
Factories of the Future will ensure the ultra-fast design and production of new-generation products that are competitive on a global basis.
Creation of an environment of opportunities for gifted individuals that will promote the establishment of research teams and the development of new businesses.
The Club Movement unites technological enthusiasts (creators) interested in research, innovation and independent production. This movement promotes a creator culture as a production model that will ensure access on the part of inventors/manufacturers to consumers without the mediation of industrial enterprises or public institutions.
The Club Movement will provide companies operating in new technological markets with personnel and technologies and will strengthen emerging associations of technological enthusiasts in the country, first of all among the young. Young creators will be able to master professions of the future, such as data processing specialist, neurointerface designer, marine infrastructure system engineer, precision agriculture management specialist or automated transport system operator.
At the same time, due to the digital management system employed, members of the association will be able to build their own development pathways and select fields for their education. Schoolchildren at resource centers will have at their disposal equipment needed for the implementation of technological projects, and experts will share their knowledge with them. It is expected that, by 2025, the Club Movement will bring together some 500,000 members, including schoolchildren, project leaders, moderators, consultants and trainers.
In 2017, RVC supported measures aimed at updating two other roadmaps–AeroNet and NeuroNet–by engaging experts and ASI, while also taking part in a broad expert discussion of six new roadmaps: FoodNet, SafeNet, FashionNet, FinNet, CapitalNet and IPNet.
In 2017, RVC continued to implement projects to involve talented young people in innovative activities, including in the area of the NTI. The following educational projects were implemented as part of the Club Movement roadmap: the NTI Contest, NTI University 20.35 and Mentoring Based at Kvantorium Children’s Technoparks. In addition, seven competitions in the Umnik-NTI program were held in cooperation with the Innovation Promotion Foundation.
The NTI Contest is a unique type of engineering competition for schoolchildren aimed at identifying and developing talented children who are capable of carrying out complex interdisciplinary tasks.
In 2017, RVC and ASI were the official organizers of the NTI Contest. Competitions are held among senior schoolchildren in fields corresponding to the NTI’s industrial priorities under conditions that are as close as possible to reality: teams complete development projects under tight deadlines using modern technologies from 3D modeling to computer-aided learning, and they have to present a working program or a product as the result. The winners and runners-up of the NTI Contest can enter participating universities without taking entrance exams or get additional credit upon entering university.
The 2016-2017 NTI Contest was held in three stages in partnership with Russia’s leading universities. More than 12,000 Russian schoolchildren, who had to undertake tasks remotely, took part in the first distance qualification stage. The tasks in the second stage were more difficult, involving both engineering and construction. The on-site final at the Sirius Educational Center was held in the form of team engineering competitions with an individual theoretical part, where the participants had to demonstrate the results of their engineering development in an area of advanced technology. The tasks for the participants were developed by NTI Contest partners, including Rusnano, R-Pharm and other Russian corporations.
Some 360 schoolchildren from 85 regions took part in the final stage of the NTI Contest in 12 different fields. Of these, there were a total of 49 prize winners, including 17 first-place winners. On a regional basis, Moscow, Kazan and Novosibirsk enjoyed the most success, with participants from Ufa, Kursk, Yoshkar-Ola, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Rostov-on-Don and Tyumen also performing well.
As part of an internship program, the finalists from the first NTI Contest and the heads of Centers for Youth Innovation Creativity familiarized themselves with the infrastructure of Fab Labs and MakerSpaces of Tel-Aviv, and the finalists from the NTI Contest took part in practical training on robotics and molding.
The Contest is becoming more and more popular: in 2017-2018, the number of bids more than doubled compared to the previous year, from 7,900 to 20,036.
So as not to slow down, but to accelerate during the next ten to fifteen years, NTI is laying the foundation for working with talented young people, developing the Club Movement roadmap since 2015. Our key task is to establish an association of talented, technology-focused schoolchildren and students, to create an environment where children will be able to demonstrate their abilities and fulfill their potential. The most difficult thing is not to get children to take part in a technology competition once, but to establish a development pattern for them: children’s technopark–summer school–NTI Contest–NTI University. Our resources are sufficient to support an association of tens of thousands of schoolchildren with similar experiences and dreams, and the target of the roadmap is to create an association that includes up to 500,000 talented young people by 2025. We have already achieved serious results. In 2017-18, the third NTI Contest was held, a team engineering competition for schoolchildren from eighth to eleventh grades in 17 fields corresponding to the NTI’s key areas of activity. Since 2016, the NTI Contest has been on the List of Competitions for Schoolchildren. Winners in nine fields will receive perfect state examination scores to enter universities in 2018-19. In other fields, leading universities take individual achievements into account in portfolios. More than 37,000 people have taken part in the Competition during the three years that it has been held. We have great plans for 2018: the launch of a national network of project placements for young engineers called Practical Training of the Future, the national WORK festival for technology enthusiasts and the creation of the Talent digital platform, which will allow schoolchildren from groups with a shared login to use all services for group members and to create a digital portfolio that they can use for acceptance into University 20.35. The Mentor Academy, a joint project run by Skolkovo Open University and the Circle Movement, has been providing mentoring since 2017 to help schoolchildren with their technology projects. Some 12,000 mentors have taken part in the project, which has involved five mentoring sessions in Skolkovo, Sochi, Tatarstan and Yekaterinburg, as well as two more online courses.
NTI University 20.35
NTI University 20.35 is Russia’s first university for professional development in the digital economy.
In November 2017, ASI and RVC presented a concept for NTI University 20.35. The university will focus on training company leaders, NTI participants and specialists operating in new global markets. All the educational modules that a student requires can be taken at different educational institutions offering the best courses, which will make the university a really network-based project. Each student’s program will be developed by selecting the optimal courses based on the student’s abilities.
NTI University 20.35 will offer both full-time and correspondence studies, and graduates will be awarded a digital competency profile that reflects their achievements instead of diplomas.
Priority areas of activity:
- training of technological leaders, members of NTI project teams;
- training of leaders and teams to solve problems related to the digital economy;
- preparation of new types of activity for which there are currently no educational standards.
The following leading Russian universities are taking part in NTI University 20.35: ITMO, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, MIPT, Novosibirsk State University, Tomsk State University, Far Eastern Federal University, the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations and commercial companies.
NTI University 20.35 will focus on training company leaders, NTI participants and specialists operating in new global markets.
NTI Technological Competitions
NTI technological competitions are a form of open engineering competitions that is new to Russia, where teams have to find breakthrough solutions to the most complex technological tasks on a global scale.
In 2017, RVC, the Skolkovo Foundation and ASI announced the launch of NTI technological competitions aimed at removing technological barriers preventing the emergence of new products in prospective NTI markets. The competitions were developed in accordance with best practices for global technological competitions: XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc. The winner receives a large cash prize for the presentation of an operational device, i.e., a solution to the competition task that is easy for the expert jury and general public to understand and that is easily reproducible. The prize fund for each competition amounts to RUB 200 million.
There are plans to hold at least six technological competitions by 2020, and the topics for three of them have been already determined: “Winter City” (to develop a driverless car adapted for movement during the winter season); “First Element – Earth” (the creation of hydrogen fuel cells for ground transport); and “First Element – Air” (the creation of hydrogen fuel cells for unmanned aircraft). In addition, the regulations and legal basis for the competitions are being developed.
A conference on NTI technology courses was attended by more than 150 experts, potential participants, visionaries, representatives of universities and corporations interested in participation in the technological competitions and development of the project.
NTI Technological Competitions: “First Element – Earth” and “First Element – Air”
The removal by Russian developers and equipment manufacturers of global technological barriers in the field of hydrogen fuel cells, which will allow high-tech companies from Russia to become leaders in this field in the global market in the future.
The development of an efficient alternative to traditional fuel for various means of transport.
To develop and demonstrate the operation of energy plants based on hydrogen fuel cells for small unmanned aircraft and for ground transport with technical parameters that are better than those of similar innovations elsewhere in the global market.
“Winter City” NTI Technology Competition
The removal of global technological barriers in the operation of autonomous vehicles in unfavorable weather conditions
Development of technologies for safe automatic driving of unmanned ground vehicles under Russian climatic and road conditions.
To develop software and hardware (high-capacity sensors, on-board computers, driving mechanisms) to operate driverless vehicles during winter and at difference times of the day considering the possible lack of road markings and low visibility on the roadway, with the achievement of a level of driving safety comparable to the level of the average driver.
NTI Centers of Excellence
The NTI centers of excellence integrate the capabilities of universities, scientific organizations and business to promote comprehensive research and to develop high-tech products for new markets.
The purpose of the program to support NTI centers of excellence is to develop a network of engineering educational consortiums based at Russian universities and scientific organizations to develop innovative solutions in the area of cross-cutting technologies: key areas of scientific, technical and innovative activity approved by the IWG. The centers are being establishing in partnership with the Russian and foreign entities involved in determining the research tasks.
In 2017, RVC developed a concept for creating and supporting the centers and prepared proposals on regulatory procedures for the provision of grants. Subsequently, Decree No. 1251 of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 16, 2017, made RVC the NTI Project Office and tasked it with the competitive selection of the centers, as well as supporting and monitoring their activity.
In 2017, the competition committee set up by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation identified the first recipients of state grants to support NTI centers of excellence. The funds will be allocated for comprehensive scientific research and experimental designs, the important condition being the implementation of these projects in cooperation with leading organizations in the corresponding markets. Consortium participants are engaged in the centers’ activities by, for example, determining which projects and areas of activity have commercial prospects.
Tasks of the NTI Centers of Excellence
- Translation of the results of basic science into engineering applications. Interdisciplinary research programs ensure the translation of scientific results and ideas, through applied research and development, into specific technologies to benefit particular industrial partners;
- Technology transfer through cooperation with industrial partners. NTI centers of excellence form a constant link between academia (universities and scientific organizations) and industrial partners (industrial organizations, high-tech service companies, IT leaders, medical institutions in the biomedical area, and state customers, etc.);
- Training of leaders in the development of new technologies through the implementation of educational programs. NTI centers of excellence develop and implement educational programs in the field of engineering. Students studying in these programs participate in the centers’ research activities by working directly on projects in teams that include representatives of industrial partners.
Seventy bids were received for participation in the first competitive selection for the development of centers in 10 cross-cutting technologies, and there were more than 570 total consortium participants in the bids, with about 2/3 of them representing business, including such companies as ABBYY, SberTech, Yandex, Intel Technology and the Speech Technology Center, among others. In 2017, grants were given to six organizations, with RUB 7.8 billion to be allocated for state support for NTI centers of excellence.
NTI centers of excellence that received grants in 2017:
- The National Technology Initiative Center for Artificial Intelligence at MIPT;
- The Center for Quantum Technologies at the Lomonosov Moscow State University;
- The Center of Excellence for Technologies for New and Mobile Energy Sources at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Problems in Chemical Physics;
- The NTI New Production Technologies Center at the Institute of Advanced Production Technologies at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU);
- The Center for Technologies for the Management of Biological Facilities at the Russian Academy of Sciences Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry;
- The NTI Center in the Field of Neurotechnologies, Virtual and Augmented Reality at the FEDU.
The need to eliminate the gap between science, education and industry has been frequently discussed in recent years. Various theoretical models have been offered as a solution: the Triple Helix, University 4.0, etc.
The establishment of NTI centers of excellence at universities allows us to take an extremely important practical step in this direction, and this is promoted by a number of system-forming differences characteristic of NTI centers: consolidation of universities, high-tech corporations and companies, small and medium-sized enterprises at the level of national champions into a single consortium, implementation of joint scientific and technical projects concentrated on global markets of the future, the focus of educational programs on training leaders in the area of cross-cutting technologies. Thus, NTI centers might become a bridge over the valley where projects die, establishing the missing link between all participants in the chain from the development to the release of advanced technologies in the global market.
Improvement of the NTI’s Regulations
In 2017, amendments were made to legislative initiatives to eliminate administrative barriers preventing the efficient implementation of roadmaps.
In cooperation with state authorities, NTI working groups developed seven regulatory roadmaps providing for the improvement of laws and the removal of administrative barriers in NTI markets: AutoNet, AeroNet, MariNet, NeuroNet, TechNet, HealthNet and EnergyNet.
On December 31, 2017, a draft regulation on approval of the AutoNet roadmap was submitted to the Government of the Russian Federation, and draft regulations on approval of the other regulatory roadmaps were submitted in February 2018.
In April 2018, action plans for AeroNet, AutoNet, NeuroNet, MariNet and TechNet were approved.
Work with NTI Regions
In 2017, RVC and ASI, in cooperation with regional administrations, promoted the NTI agenda at the level of the Russian Federation’s constituent entities. For example, a number of development institutions and regional authorities developed their own NTI roadmaps. In addition, the regional agenda included the implementation of the digital economy in the Russian Federation’s state program.
During the reporting year, strategic sessions were held in 14 regions of Russia, which was a breakthrough in terms of promoting NTI tasks within the country: just two years earlier, most NTI projects and members were concentrated in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Following the results of these strategic sessions last year, however, six roadmaps were developed for the implementation of NTI projects in the Kaluga Region, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Republic of Tatarstan and the Tomsk, Ulyanovsk and Chelyabinsk Regions.
The NTI’s regional policy focuses primarily on identifying proper pilot areas in various constituent entities of the Russian Federation to test scenarios for the application of the NTI’s most promising products and services. In 2017, these pilot areas included the Skolkovo Innovation Center and the Novgorod Region. Solutions covered by the AeroNet, HealthNet, NeuroNet and EnergyNet markets were among the initial pilot projects in the Novgorod Region.
NTI Pilot Projects Implemented in the Novgorod Region
1. Typical Region Digital Model (AeroNet)
Unmanned aerial photographic equipment, photogrammetric software and software for the visualization and analysis of aerial photography data.
2. SleepAlert Driver Activity Support System (NeuroNet)
A neurointerface to monitor a driver’s awareness while driving.
3. Young Neuromodel Designer Neuromodeling Set (NeuroNet)
An educational construction set for the study of human bioneurosignals (muscle activity, pulse, skin resistance and brain activity).
4. Remote Monitoring of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (HealthNet)
A combination of personal telemedicine devices, medical decision support systems and a data analysis service for continuous supervision, monitoring and remote notification of the relevant physician about a patient’s condition, as well as the remote prescription of medications by a physician.
5. Digital Regional Electricity Grid (EnergyNet)
A scalable business model fora network company that surpasses similar companies in the United States, Europe and Asia by at least 25% in terms of aggregate technical and economic indicators.
6. UAS Training Construction Set (AeroNet)
A module construction set for an unmanned aviation system, educational stands and a training methodology for teaching at schools, colleges, Centers for Youth Innovation Creativity and centers for children's continuing education.
The Novgorod Region, besides its beneficial geographic location, has a developed telecommunications infrastructure that includes federal communication channels, a regional fiber-optic network, practically full coverage of Veliky Novgorod with high-speed Internet and the presence of a regional university with well-developed information and communication technologies. Training personnel for the digital economy is of particular importance for us. Talent and knowledge are formed early, while studying at school. Early professional orientation and mastering basic skills in the NTI’s cross-cutting digital technologies is being supported by the development of a technical network at Kvantorium in Novgorod that about 1,500 children are currently taking part in. The opening of a new digital school in Veliky Novgorod in 2017 was a success. Most of its working processes are based on information systems. The children can work on high-tech equipment in new school laboratories based on the Internet of Things, aeronet, neuronet, robototechnics, geoinformatics. The whole education process is focused on the development of skills in children that will be in demand in new technological markets. In 2017, our task was to lay the foundation for movement towards the digital economy. To promote the efficiency of NTI projects and of our digital economy program, we set up Russia’s first piloting factory for NTI projects on the basis of our university. Companies from various regions were able to test their technologies. In many cases, reference is made to products and services that significantly improved quality of life and the ease of conducting business. These are not just nice words: 12 projects have been tested at the piloting factory in less than a year. The first large project was the development, using unmanned aerial photography, of a 3D digital model of Veliky Novgorod in two districts of the region. Use of this accurate model significantly improves the quality and speed of land control; monitoring of the environmental situation, forests, natural resources; and creates the basis for tourism development. This enables us to receive economic benefits, such as an increase in our tax base of 10% by establishing order throughout the entire territory. A pilot project for dispatching energy resources demonstrated that expenses for communal services can be reduced by 15%. At the moment, we are planning to share this successful experience with all state institutions. Our work has attracted the attention of an increasing number of IT companies in the Novgorod Region, hoping to quickly test their products in the real economy, under the favorable production conditions of the piloting factory and without bureaucratic barriers. This year, we are planning to launch another 20 new projects to solve urgent problems in healthcare, education, communal services and safety.
In 2017, RVC acted as the general partner for the Goldberg Cup, Russia’s first competitions for the development of Goldberg machines. The competitions among student teams were held within the framework of the World Festival of Youth and Students. A Goldberg machine is a composite construction made from ordinary materials that are used in an unusual manner. They are built in such a way as to create a chain of actions on the basis of the domino effect so as to perform a simple task, e.g., switching on a lamp or launching a firecracker. Each action follows the previous one in the chain without stopping; their diversity and spectacular finales depend solely on the engineer’s imagination.
Eleven teams from six Russian regions were finalists in the 2017 Goldberg Cup. Their unusual mechanisms comprised not only an engineering design and a set of components, but also a project on a particular theme. The winners received a prize of RUB 50,000 and a trip to the Fab14 International Conference in France in 2018. This forum brings together over a thousand participants every year from various countries who share their experience, develop cooperation and establish associations at the local and global levels on digital production, innovation and technologies.
In 2017, Moscow hosted the Russian Cybathletics Championship, a competition for disabled individuals, who use various technologies to perform household operations. The event was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, RVC, ASI and the Skolkovo Foundation.
Cybathletics is a Russian follow-up to the Cybathlon international competition. Participants move along a course while using technologies to perform household operations. The course for cybathletes includes elements that simulate tasks faced by disabled individuals in their everyday lives. Starting this year, the course will include a new element, i.e., a computerized race controlled by brain signals.
Eighty participants from 37 cities and 20 regions of Russia took part in the competition. Fifteen teams and participants from Moscow and the Moscow Region, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk and Kemerovo were selected as the winners or runners-up in such disciplines as Tibial Prosthesis, Hip Prosthesis, Arm Prosthesis, Electric Wheelchairs and Neurorace.
Russia’s first Cybathletics was held in Moscow on June 15, 2017, within the framework of the Integration 2017 exhibition. Twenty-three people from seven regions of Russia took part in the competition. There is a similar worldwide competition called Cybathlon, an international competition for people using high-tech assistance devices. The competition was held for the first time in Zurich in 2016. The Russian team was represented by five teams at Cybathlon, with support from RVC, ASI and Skolkovo.
The competition in Russia was initiated by a graduate of the GenerationS startup accelerator of Motorika, a company that is developing upper limb prostheses.