Registration for the fourth I am a Professional contest is open until November 24. Winners will receive benefits when entering Master’s or PhD programs in Russian leading universities. 

I am a Professional is a large-scale educational contest held in a new format for students in various fields: engineering, natural sciences and the humanities. The contest’s tasks are created by experts from leading Russian universities as well as the country’s major companies. Students can take part in one or several of the 72 available tracks, encompassing a wide scope of professional areas – from medicine and healthcare to engineering. The choice of tracks is updated annually according to students’ wishes and current market demands. 

The tracks offered by ITMO are one of the “most wanted” ones on the labor market. Information and Cybersecurity includes prevention of cyberattacks, cryptography, engineering and technical support, digital forensics, protection of processes, and data flow monitoring on the internet. Programming and Information Technologies are based on knowledge of maths and informatics, as well as the ability to develop secure software that can be used in healthcare, industry, agriculture, etc. Machine Learning aims at creating a self-learning analytic system, which can potentially spot patterns and make decisions without human involvement. The main goal of Robotics is to create all-purpose “assistants” – robots, and for that specialists require knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering, cybernetics, and programming. The new track, Technology Entrepreneurship, brings together the understanding of technological and business processes, which will help the next generation of managers to effectively build a strategy and solve tasks in organizations working in engineering.  

I am a Professional contest. Credit: social media
I am a Professional contest. Credit: social media

The first online round is held between November 27 and December 13, 2020. Students solve the problems remotely, all they need is a laptop and internet access. Successful participants of the first round will be invited to the final round to be held between February and the end of April, 2021. The events of the final round are typically held in Russia’s leading universities, but this year its format will be determined based on pandemic-related regulations. 

The results of the contest will be announced on the competition’s official website in May, 2021. Each winner of the contest will receive benefits when entering Master’s and PhD programs of leading Russian universities, as well as the opportunity to do an internship at a major company. Gold, silver, and bronze medalists will also be awarded between 100,000 and 300,000 rubles prize money.