Open Innovations 2014: Movers and Shakers, Drones and Scooters

Round table discussion at the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow on 'Models of disruption in education'. Skoltech president Edward Crawley: "Education is undergoing a dynamic change: new players, technologies, markets, and a greater access to and excess of information. But where there are challenges, there are always opportunities."

Round table discussion at the Open Innovations Forum on ‘Models of disruption in education’. Skoltech president Edward Crawley: “Education is undergoing a dynamic change: new players, technologies, markets, and a greater access to and excess of information.”

Walking the full length of Moscow’s giant Technopolis – “tech city” – could be safely described as mission almost impossible.

Faced with the prospect of visitors and participants becoming exhausted after perambulating through the massive conference center, the organizers of Open Innovations Forum and Expo came up with a clean and quiet solution: electric and kick scooters.

The trendy vehicles, called Самокат (samokat) in Russian, made all the difference – but only for a lucky few commuters.

And still, the on-foot majority seemingly accepted that the price for networking should be trekking.

Photos: Anastasia Belyakova and Vitaly Shustikov

 

 

The vehicle of choice at Open Innovations 2014. The Forum and Expo focused, among other issues, on emerging energy technologies.

The vehicle of choice at Open Innovations 2014. The Forum and Expo focused, among other issues, on emerging energy technologies.

And when the pedestrian crowd’s hum, drone and buzz subsided, as everyone settled into their seats, it was serious discussion time. Emerging technologies, impactful innovation and global collaboration were all on the agenda, with the Skoltech community contributing its part to the ongoing conversation on trends in tech and science.

To sum up our leadership, professors and students’ experience at Open Innovations 2014 we put together a photo essay (see below). See you next year at a round-table discussion, Q & A session or at the Skoltech booth, located right at the center of the main hall. No need to ride a samokat to get to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game of Drones: Skoltech students Nikita Rodichenko and Anastasia Urasheva presented their fleet of civilian drones to guests at the Skoltech booth.

Game of Drones: Skoltech students Nikita Rodichenko and Anastasia Urasheva presented their fleet of civilian drones to visitors at the Skoltech booth.

 

Skoltech VP for Institutional and Resource Development, Alexei Sitnikov: "Universities are very slow to change – as they think they are smart and know what is best."

Skoltech VP for Institutional and Resource Development, Alexei Sitnikov: “Universities are very slow to change – as they think they are smart and know what is best.”

 

Alexey Ponomarev, Skoltech Vice President for Industrial Cooperation and Public Programs, and Prof. Janusz Bialek, Director of the Skoltech  Center for Energy Systems spoke at the Green Technologies Track’s panel discussion “Smart Energy”.

Alexey Ponomarev, Skoltech Vice President for Industrial Cooperation and Public Programs, and Prof. Janusz Bialek, Director of the Skoltech Center for Energy Systems spoke at the Green Technologies Track’s panel discussion “Smart Energy”.

 

 

 

 

 

All dressed up and ready for innovation. At the OI Expo 2014.

All dressed up and ready for innovation. At the OI Expo 2014.

 

 

 

The next generation examining next generation technology.

The next generation examining next generation technology.

 

Prof. Keith Stevenson, Director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage spoke at the Transport and Infrastructure Track’s panel Discussion “Energy Storage Innovations”

Prof. Keith Stevenson, Director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage spoke at the Transport and Infrastructure Track’s panel Discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Maxim Kiselev, Director of Leadership Programs, Skoltech moderated the Enterprises Track’s panel discussion “How Good Leaders Foster Healthy Disruption”

Prof. Maxim Kiselev, Director of Leadership Programs, Skoltech (left) moderated the Enterprises Track’s panel discussion “How Good Leaders Foster Healthy Disruption”.

 

Biomed boys: Skoltech PhD biomedicine students tutored schoolchildren and met with senior politicians at the Open Innovations 2014 expo.

Biomed boys: Skoltech PhD biomedicine students Alexander Tyshkovskiy and Alexander Martynov tutored schoolchildren and met with senior politicians at the Open Innovations 2014 expo.

 

 

 

 

Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev as seen on a screen outside the main hall.

Guest of honor: Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev as seen on a screen outside the main hall.

 

And in the end.. Open Innovations 2014.

And in the end.. Open Innovations 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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