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12 teams took part in the DemoDay for the GenerationS TechNet Track, and five winners were named. They were invited to the GenerationS Superfinal, which will take place on April 27, and where they’ll compete for the prize of 16 million rubles.
The final round of the GenerationS TechNet Track started at ITMO University last Thursday. The best startups will compete for the prize of 1 million rubles. 12 startups from several Russian cities take part in the competition. The final round will last for ten days, and after that the participants will present the results of their work to experts from industry, venture funds and the Innovation Support Fund.
ITMO graduate Vitaly Sotnikov’s startup NativeOS provides a way to automate native video advertising. The algorithm chooses which videos to embed the client’s advertisements in so that they fit the needs of its viewers. NativeOS is currently preparing for a full-on launch on the US market. Vitaly Sotnikov came to his alma mater on business – and found time to talk to ITMO.NEWS about his project and how it works.
This summer, ITMO University’s Business Incubator hosted the eight-week program MIT Global Startup Labs by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the two months, 29 students and graduates from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Irkutsk, with the help of curators from MIT, assembled into teams, developed prototypes of mobile apps and presented their marketing strategy. In August, teams presented their prototypes to potential investors. One of the teams was the startup d notation – a project that is developing an application for musicians that lets them easily write down notation. Andrey Bayadzhan, the startup’s CEO, spoke to ITMO.NEWS about releasing the project and how digital devices are used in musical education today.
Orbi Prime, the world’s first wearable 360-degree camera glasses with a 4K resolution, were named among the best new innovations in two categories at CES 2018, the world’s largest technology and innovation show. The first batch will be released this August and shipped to the project’s backers. Orbi Inc. has been a resident of ITMO’s Technopark for a year.
The Open Innovations International Forum in Moscow attracts top executives from Russian and international companies, investors, experts, scientists and government officials. This year’s event is focused on the matters of future technologies in the life of people, the economy and the society. Marvin Liao, partner at major US-based seed fund 500 Startups, spoke about the biggest trends in tech and which areas young entrepreneurs need to look into. ITMO.NEWS provides a rundown of Liao’s talk.
The final event of the acceleration program Girls4Tech was held at Skolkovo Technopark, where 17 teams showcased their projects. This program was organized by ITMO University, the Moscow Polytechnic University and the Moscow office of the international accelerator NUMA. Read on to find out about the winning projects.
On September 21, as part of the St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum (SPIIF), a Demo Day was held for ITMO Business Incubator’s acceleration program Future Technoogies. Ten teams presented their ideas to the expert jury, special guests and visitors. Over the course of five months, the projects have gone through many stages, from initial prototypes to final products, and acquired market introduction strategies. Visitors of the Forum could learn more about ITMO University’s technological projects at a special exhibition.
What does one need to get into tech, and, ultimately, launch their own project? A unique idea, a team of professionals, materials, equipment, financing and, first and foremost, specific knowledge that can’t be gained fast and cheap. Not having even one of these things will often make even the most enthusiastic entrepreneur abandon their work before it’s even started. The staff at ITMO’s Student Laboratory OLIMP, however, believes that finding your place in the tech world isn’t as hard as it may seem. Four years ago, a student team had a similar experience, and they are now ready to share it with others. As part of Gogol Library’s “Popular Science Week”, OLIMP’s co-head Kirill Bodrov gave a talk about the traps and pitfalls of technological entrepreneurship, why it’s important to visit FabLabs and science festivals and where to find the right skills and people for a project.
S&R Systems, a resident of ITMO University’s business incubator, is working on the optimization of chemical technology processes in manufacturing and laboratories with a strict focus on import phase-out. The company’s equipment is cheaper than its foreign-made counterparts and is made according to clients’ custom requirements. Founders Denis Sapegin and Mikhail Razin spoke with us about the tasks their company solves, lifehacks for finding angel investors at bars and indifferent engineers.