Moscow’s Crocus-Expo exhibition center hosted on October 19-21, 2011 a show presented by young innovators who have participated in the Order for Innovation national contest. The event resulted in six contracts inked between the project teams and Russian companies.
As part of the Order for Innovation national contest (which is in itself part of Russia’s Zvorykinsky Project aimed at promoting a new knowledge-based Russian economy) young researchers are expected to find solutions to problems taken from day-to-day activity of Russia’s industrial firms. The winning project teams sign contracts with the companies they have provided solutions for.
Over a few months a reported 72 applications for innovative solutions had been collected from 40 companies in the Moscow region. Those represented the medical, energy saving, ecology, hydrocarbon, defense, aerospace, veterinary, nuclear power and some other sectors.
The organizers of the contest and the show reportedly paid special attention to the Forest Patrol (Lesnoy Dozor) innovation forest fire alert project developed by a Nizhny Novgorod team (please see Marchmont’s report on the project - Editor’s note) The developers have been invited to the Moscow regional government for talks over the prospective introduction of the new technology outside Moscow.
As of today there are six agreements inked between project teams and companies on putting innovative solutions to use in the companies’ respective sectors.
“The contest has aroused much interest. In fact, detailed scrutiny of emerging Russian technologies takes considerable time that we rarely have. And the contest brings a perfect solution to this problem,” said Mikhail Kitaev, CEO of ASP-Engineering—a company that has benefited from Order for Innovation.