My Idea for Russia – 2015
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.
The best, most innovative ideas are judged by an expert jury, which for the Russian stage of the competition consists of academics, entrepreneurs, government officials and development institutes, as well as competition winners from previous years.
Winner of 'My Idea for Russia 2013'
Project in follow-up of participation in GSP 13
The goal of LifeStock is to develop a unique cost-effective technology of laboratory production for public consumption of meat that was never part of a living animal.
Unlike traditional methods of livestock breeding, the cultivation of meat products may allow avoiding the use of GMOs, antibiotics and growth hormones, as well as killing of animals at slaughterhouses.
New type of bioreactors
Special tanks to provide and maintain the necessary environment for the growth of cell cultures.
Development of unique scaffolds with a system to simulate the microvascular channel of living tissue to supply food and oxygen to cell cultures.
The use of a special medium for the cultivation of biomass of muscle tissue cells, which contains no animal products at all.
MA and laboratory assistant at ITMO University
A unique system that allows cleaning the mouth in 30 seconds and eliminates bacterial plaque by means of ultrasound without damaging the gums.
The device comprises several independently proven technologies, which eliminate the need to undergo deeper medical certification and make it absolutely unique.
3D-printed mouth tray
When you bite the mouth tray for the first time, you customize the Archy form according to the shape of your teeth. You may choose the desired set of cartridges for installation.
There are 68 channels stamped in the device, where water is supplied together with air, under a total pressure of several atm.
The base station connected to Archy comprises a section for after-cleaning sterilization with UV and a disinfectant solution, and a set of vacuum pumps.
Graduate of NUST MISiS, the Institute of New Materials and Nanotechnologies
The Winning Project 2012
This project features technology that enables the use of satellite data to process images from space, input and track positions using GPS/GLONASS, and make use of the data received by millions of Russians.
Potentially any mobile device could become a point of contact, allowing the receipt of data from space in response to an individual query from Earth using an authentication procedure.
People must become universal users of information from space, with the ability to create their own applications. A truly free, global technology exchange network represent a major breakthrough in the way data from space is used, and give a huge boost to social and economic development.
Bauman MSTU graduate
Common Info Space
The idea behind 'Common Info Space' is a service that helps you find relevant information about your scientific reaserch based on the semantic analysis of the data.
The system classifies data flows and brings together the results of activities at educational forums. As a consequence, a common, interactive information space is created, which is essential for the fulfillment of the country’s scientific potential.
The Winners 2011
An internet resource in the field of personalized medicine, based on genetic data and using a social network and integrated artificial intelligence.
This project is a Skolkovo participant, and has been awarded a Skolkovo Foundation grant.
Primerlife is integrated infrastructure comprising a social component, artificial intelligence, and users' personal data.
At present it has no rivals that would bring together the same elements in order to meet the demands of the healthcare market.
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, from June 13 to August 23, 2015.
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 ten competition finalists ranked highest following the selection stage will be entitled to attend the Winter School at OpUS, on February 1-7, 2015.
Terms and Conditions
October 13, 2014
October 22, 2014 - Applications open
December 22, 2014 - Applications close
January 20, 2015
The finalists will be invited to the OpUS Winter School, where they will present their final projects to a jury.
February 6, 2015
The finalists' projects will be refined (February 1-6, 2015).
Presentation of the projects (February 6, 2015).
The winners of 'My Idea for Russia' will be announced on April 15, 2015.
The finalists will face a tough round of interviews with representatives of Singularity University (they will have to take an English proficiency test, among other things), which will be completed by March 1, 2015.
If they are unable to attend the interviews and the Winter School, the candidates will automatically lose their place on the list of finalists.
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 be citizens of the Russian Federation.
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 13 and August 23, 2015, so that they can attend the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program. They must also be available to attend the OpUS Winter School, on February 1-7, 2015.
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, 2015.
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 area of R&D or the invention on which the idea is based;
the extent to which the idea focuses on solving a global problem facing mankind;
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 Jury of the contest and the Advisory Council
The Advisory Council
The Russian part of the jury is presented on the website. Candidates’ applications will also be assessed by the representatives of Singularity University.
The expert board comprises the graduates of Singularity University programs.
The selection process consists of three stages: the expert board selects up to 25 applications that meet the criteria and spirit of Singularity University; the jury selects 10 candidates out of the applications selected by the expert board, who make it into the semi-finals and are invited to the Open University Skolkovo Winter Camp; the semi-finalists give personal presentations of their ideas at the OpUS Winter Camp.
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 (June 13 to August 23, 2015 at NASA Research Park, California, USA)
To take full part in the Winter School 2015 at Open University Skolkovo (February 1-7, 2015, at the Skolkovo Innovation Center)
To abide by the code of conduct at Singularity University
To resume their current program of study at their university/research institute in Russia upon returning from GSP
To submit any material received whilst taking part in the Graduate Studies Program to OpUS, if requested to do so, so that it can be used in OpUS programs
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 apply for the status of participant in the Skolkovo Innovation Center creation and development 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.