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Nizhny’s Supercomputer Forum

Source: Center for Entrepreneurship, Nizhny Novgorod branch, Higher School of Economics

Nizhny Novgorod Lobachevski State University (NNSU) is hosting on October 28-30, 2011 a school of technology entrepreneurship for the U.M.N.I.K. young researchers contest participants. The event is part of a broader forum on supercomputer technologies in education, science and industry.

It is a multipartite effort by NNSU, St. Petersburg State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering (MPhTI), the Nizhny Novgorod Foundation for Education and Research, and Intel Corp.

The program incorporates a training course, called Technology Entrepreneurship for the U.M.N.I.K.’s, a fifth selection round, and the final for this fall’s U.M.N.I.K-Intel program series.

The target audience for the event includes both new contenders for U.M.N.I.K. funding and those who have already received grants under the program.

U.M.N.I.K. (a Russian abbreviation for ‘participant of youth scientific and innovation contest’ that sounds like the Russian word ‘know-all’ or ‘smart’) is a competition for young researchers that focus on innovation. The contest was first established in 2007 by Russia’s Bortnik Fund and grants its winners $13k funding (incl. tax) to cover two-year research.

The Technology Entrepreneurship school aims at promoting innovative entrepreneurship, all-inclusive training of specialists in key aspects of hi-tech business, project management and development of science-intensive products and services that the market wants, and other things that provide the essential tools in creating university-based business incubators, setting up spin-off companies and developing Russia’s new innovation economy. The school participants will also talk about ways of turning a business idea into a business plan, IP rights protection, and investment raising.

Eligible for the fifth selection round are scientific and technology ideas and projects thematically concordant with the Supercomputer Forum agenda. Those may include mathematical simulation technologies as tools for engineers and researchers, supercomputer technologies, parallel programming techniques, mobile technologies, and applications for mobile platforms.
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