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Greg Tkachenko graduated with a Master's degree from ITMO University's Information Technologies and Programming Faculty in 2017, but he achieved his first professional successes while still a student. As a second-year student, Greg, along with a few other students of the Computer Technologies Department, was invited to take part in an internship at Yandex, where he spent almost two and a half years. Then, he received offers from Mail.ru Group and Facebook, which he turned down to work on the startup AI Factory, which he co-founded with Alexander Mashrabov and Victor Shaburov. In December 2019, the company was acquired by Snapchat’s parent company Snap for $166 million. Greg Tkachenko sat down for a chat with ITMO.NEWS and told us where to find ideas for your tech startup and how to deal with failure.
Interactive Games, Drones, and Thousands of Participants: ITMO.GO Celebration for First-Year Students in Review
On August 31, to mark the start of a new academic year, ITMO University hosted ITMO.GO, a large-scale celebration that brought together students, lecturers, staff, graduates, partners and friends of ITMO. During the event, over 4,000 first-year students of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs were officially welcomed into ITMO.FAMILY. At the celebration, they had an opportunity to learn more about the first days of their studies, take a fun photo with an A+ gradebook for luck, and also play chess, do some rowing or have a go at table hockey. Apart from that, the festivity marked the start of ITMO University’s 120th anniversary year celebrations, opened by Rector Vladimir Vasilyev.
Last Saturday, ITMO University held Russia’s first reunion of alumni of the international student programming contest ICPC. The event brought together winners and participants of the previous ICPC rounds, as well as representatives of international IT companies, organizers of regional competitions, judges, coaches and volunteers that have helped with the organization of the contest over the years. The meeting was organized by the ICPC Foundation, which works to create an association of ICPC participants from all over the world, and supported by the company Huawei. Participating as an honorary guest was Bill Poucher, executive director of ICPC.
Today, ITMO Alumni Association brings together not just the university’s graduates who live in Russia, but also its former international students. For one, ITMO’s alumni community in Bulgaria has over a hundred members, some of which still participate in ITMO’s scientific events. Many of the international students who are currently studying in St. Petersburg are becoming ITMO ambassadors ready to represent ITMO in their home countries. ITMO.NEWS talked to a few of them.
Headed by ITMO graduate Nikita Burov, the Leningrad Laser Systems company has been selling components and equipment to enterprises, research centers and laboratories that work in the field of photonics and optics since 2016. In 2019, the company became resident of ITMO Technopark, and now makes use of the university’s scientific expertise for developing its produce. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Mr. Burov spoke about the current issues of the optical components market and how one can become part of their team.
This year, Anastasia Svarovskaya graduated from Russia's first Master's program in science communication. During her studies, she visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Now, Anastasia conducts space-themed projects and writes for Russian and international magazines, as well as manages popular science communities in social networks. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about the issues of promoting space science in Russia.
A high school student from a distant town can enroll at a prestigious university - just by winning an academic competition; and later get a job at a high-profile company - just after an hour and a half phone interview. These were the two major turning points in life of ITMO alum Alexander Dudinsky. He works at Kaspersky Lab now as a Senior Developer at the Testing Department. Dudinsky told ITMO.NEWS how a large IT company works, what skills IT newbies are lacking, and why getting a job at a high-profile company is easier than it seems.
Dmitry Andrianov, former ITMO University graduate and now Senior Vice President of Engineering and Senior Software Architect at DataArt in London was once among those who developed Mail.ru, and is now working on big projects in the field of IoT. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, he spoke about the problems and benefits of higher education, the most interesting engineering tasks he's worked on and the possible risks related to the development of IoT technologies.
We all would have liked it if robots could do all the routine work, wash the dishes and do lots of other things we can't or don't have the time for - and it might seem that our dreams are about to become reality. Now, we already have robots like Da Vinci who can perform surgeries with better precision than any human would do, or the Roomba vacuum-cleaner robot who can get rid of dust in your apartment while you are taking a stroll. Yet, we still can't trust robots with everything - in fact, a robot still can't bring a glass of water to an aged person or fold washed clothes, notes Vladimir Lumelsky, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During an open lecture at ITMO University, he shared about what can help robots operate under the conditions of uncertainty and perform things humans easily do.
From 27th to 29th of April the Alumni Week was held at ITMO University. During this time every alumni, student or an employee had the chance to listen to lectures, learn about bringing ideas to life with the university’s help, get acquainted with the equipment at FabLab Technopark and find out about the ITMO University Alumni Association and the features of its new format. The “First Alumni Awards” contest was held as part of the events. On April 29th, during the week’s closing concert, the names of winners in a number of categories of the ITMO University Alumni Association Awards were announced as per the results of an online poll.