Pilot innovations’ testing programme nominated for World Summit Awards

November 18
Science and innovation

International experts have rated the city’s innovation pilot testing programme Russia’s best in the Government & Citizen Engagement category. The programme will be unveiled at the World Summit Awards 2020, a large competition of innovative and digital initiatives, part of the UN’s World Summit Information Society (WSIS), according to Deputy Moscow Mayor Natalya Sergunina.

“The nominees are carefully selected. Experts from over 180 countries evaluate them in terms of international competitiveness criteria. The pilot innovation testing programme, a major municipal project for high-tech businesses, has made it into the finals. It helps entrepreneurs test their inventions in real-life conditions with the help of targeted audiences. After learning the opinion of users and specialists prior to marketing a product, the company can adjust the specifications and performance,” Ms Sergunina noted.

According to Ms Sergunina, the institutes or people that test pilot projects find the projects interesting because they can learn about and use promising technology for free and be the first to analyse modern practices in various fields. For example, the Evocargo autonomous drone for restricted areas, with its gas-electric generator and enhanced flight duration; the Easy ECG modular system for recording and transmitting ECGs; and the BIO Tochka automatic non-contact hand desinfectant have all been tested under the programme. The ExoHand-2 glove, controlled by mental impulses, and the Anika system for restoring the hand’s subtle movements have also been tested.

World Summit Awards experts study regional innovative and digital solutions that may have global significance. Nominees are evaluated under seven criteria, including content, functionality, design, technology, innovation, influence on society and significance.

The awards are evaluated in two different ways. One is related to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals and using information and communications technologies for the sustainable development of countries and cities. The other is for developing a global community of knowledge. We live in a quickly changing environment. Thanks to the mobile revolution and the algorithm approach, data has become capital like labour, land, money and technology. So it is important to assess outstanding initiatives and programmes that make it possible to manage data to improve peoples’ life, World Summit Awards Chair Peter A. Bruck noted.

Established by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development, the Moscow Agency of Innovations manages the pilot innovations’ testing programme. The agency brings together government, business and manufacturing for collaboration in developing and introduce innovative solutions.

“We are implementing the pilot innovation testing programme at 90 sites in 16 areas. The programme helps small and medium-sized businesses test new programmes or designs at municipal and commercial facilities and prove the efficiency of the inventions,” said Alexei Fursin, Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

Technopolis Moscow recently became a venue for testing these innovations. Specialists in this special economic zone help identify any weak points in inventions and provide recommendations. City residents can also test innovations in areas related to city improvement, education, leisure and sport, at the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh). The programme also works with universities and schools.

Source: mos.ru

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