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
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.
* 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.