My Idea for Russia – 2013
Come up with an idea that could improve the lives of millions of Russians over the next few years!
This competition was founded by Singularity University (SU), in partnership with Open University Skolkovo and the Skolkovo Foundation.
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About the competition
'My Idea for Russia' is the Russian stage of the international event 'Global Impact Competition', which is held annually by Singularity University (Silicon Valley, USA) throughout the world. The aim is to stimulate global technological development by giving entrants the opportunity to submit an idea that might change the lives of millions of people over the next few years.
The competition is open to university students in the final years of undergraduate programs, as well as to graduate and post-graduate students from Russian universities and to young academics.
Come up with an idea that will help improve the lives of millions of Russians over the coming years with the help of modern technology in one of the following fields:
Energy efficiency and energy conservation, including innovative energy technologies
Space technology, primarily in the field of telecommunications and navigation systems (including the creation of relevant land-based infrastructure);
Medical technologies in the field of medical equipment and medicines;
Strategic computer technologies and software; robotics.
Singularity University (SU) is offering a place on the 10-week Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.
Singularity University (SU) is a unique educational project, founded by Peter Diamandis and Raymond Kurzweil, aimed at studying the development of exponential technologies in order to meet the most important challenges facing mankind and create business projects using these technologies.
The Singularity University campus is located in the NASA Research Park, one of world’s key innovation hubs. Every summer, Singularity University hosts a 10-week program - the Graduate Studies Program - which is attended by 80 young leaders from more than 35 countries around the world. During the course of the year SU also hosts Executive Programs and the FutureMed program.
The winners and up to twenty competition finalists ranked highest following the selection stage will be entitled to attend the OpUS program.
Entrants must meet the following criteria:
Entrants must be 3rd year students or above (Bachelor’s or Specialist program), graduate or post-graduate students from Russian universities, young academics, or participants of programs run by Open University Skolkovo (also no younger than the 3rd year of a Bachelor’s/Specialist program). Applications may be made not only by individuals but also by project teams. If a team ends up winning the competition, the team's leader will take part in the program.
Entrants must independently obtain medical insurance for their visit to the USA, if they are declared the winner.
Entrants must speak English at the Upper-Intermediate level, at least.
Entrants must be available between June 16 and August 26, 2015, so that they can attend the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program.
Entrants will be responsible for getting a visa to the USA on their own (they will have an invitation/support letter from Singularity University and the Skolkovo Foundation).
Entrants must be able to provide a copy of their foreign travel passport as well as other documents at the request of the organizers, by April 15, 2013.
The winner must have a laptop so that he/she can take part in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program.
The materials submitted by the entrants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
entrepreneurial and innovative potential, technological novelty;
the regional aspect (possibility to implement the idea in Russia);
clarity and logic in the presentation of the idea, degree of relevance to the task of the competition;
the prospects of a project based on the idea;
the entrant's previous experience as project leader.
The winner's obligations
The obligations of the winner and the finalists in relation to Open University Skolkovo /the Skolkovo Foundation are as follows:
To take full part in the Graduate Studies Program
To abide by the code of conduct at Singularity University
To resume their current program of study at their university in Russia upon returning from GSP
To submit any material received whilst taking part in the Graduate Studies Program to OpUS
To consent to the use of photos and quotes in the public interests of the OpUS program and the Skolkovo Foundation, and to mention OpUS and the Skolkovo Foundation in interviews and other communication about their involvement in the program
To submit a project developed during the program for the status of participant in the Skolkovo Innovation Center project
Should the original winner be unable to satisfy one or more of these criteria, the finalist with the next highest ranking will be declared the winner.