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The SLUSH festival, one of the biggest startup events in Europe, has recently ended in Helsinki, Finland. Several of ITMO University’s Technopark residents took part in the event. For them, it was an opportunity to present their projects, attract potential investors and familiarize themselves with their counterparts’ work. A total of three companies collaborating with ITMO University received awards from the jury. Read on to learn more about the festival and why it is important for startups to participate in such events.
The fifth WUD@ITMO 2019 international conference on user interface took place at ITMO. Here, the speakers, specialists in the field of UX/UI design, share knowledge, opinions, and effective solutions. Around 400 professionals attended this year’s event. Some of the topics were interface design for complex subject fields, the trials and tribulations of dealing with trends and cases from the participants’ personal experience. Read on to learn more.
ITMO University Student Participates in BRICS International Youth Forum as Part of Russian Delegation
On October 17-20, the capital of Brazil hosted the fifth BRICS International Youth Forum. The main topics for discussion were new educational formats, the development of soft skills, as well as entrepreneurship in the student community. Presenting his research at the panel session was Kirill Plugin, a fourth-year Bachelor’s student of ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty and co-founder of the Digital Generation club. Read on to learn more about the forum and its results.
St. Petersburg has recently hosted the international conference “Lighting Design”, which aims to serve as an open platform for dialog between science, business, and art communities and the government. ITMO University was one of the co-organizers of the event. ITMO.NEWS attended one of the conference’s venues to find out which tasks specialists in the field of urban lighting design are currently facing.
“No matter how much we talk about the progress and the synthesis of technologies, no magic will happen until there is one irreplaceable component – a human being,” says Denis Astakhov, CEO of Avocado Toast, of the main idea behind the international scientific-practical conference “Lighting Design” in 2019. We stand on the brink of the Russian lighting industry development, where previous approaches lose their relevance. While some companies anticipate changes, and others try to solve short-term problems, there are those who look to the future and consider the possibility of creating a comfortable lighting environment in the context of digitalization. Organized by ITMO University together with the State Hermitage Museum and the ARCHCLUB social and professional project, the “Lighting Design” conference will be dedicated to this particular topic, as well as the role of humans in the lighting industry development.
Last week, the “More than ESP” international conference was held at ITMO University bringing together English language teaching specialists from around the world. An ITMO.NEWS correspondent attended the conference and got the chance to talk to experts from different countries about their views on current trends in education, the role of technology in education and the way teaching English could change in the 21st century.
Academic Exchange, Environmental Studies and Education for All: Representatives of World’s Best Universities Meet For EAIE in Helsinki
In late September, Helsinki hosted the annual EAIE conference, which was the biggest since its founding, attracting over 6,200 participants from 95 countries. ITMO University was among the world’s best educational organizations. We got in touch with the members of the St. Petersburg EAIE delegation and found out all about the current trends in education that were discussed in Finland.
August 26 marked the start of the 20th International Sol-Gel Conference. Taking place at ITMO University, it is dedicated to research in the field of solution chemistry. This is the first time that the prestigious event is being held in Russia. More than 500 participants from China, France, Germany and other countries gathered in St. Petersburg to discuss the future of the field, share about their experience, explore promising developments, and talk about their own research topics in the format of stand-up presentations as part of the Science Slam project. The main topic of the anniversary conference was supporting young researchers.
While the topic of environmental accessibility has long been discussed in Europe and the US, in Russia, it’s just gaining momentum. To promote accessibility and create a platform for sharing experiences between experts in the field, the staff of ITMO’s Center for Usability and Mixed Reality organized the International ITMO Accessibility Days Сonference. Hosted on August 14, the event was attended, among others, by experts from the United States: Helen T. Sullivan, Professor of Psychology at Rider University, and Markku Tapio Hakkinen, Director in Digital Accessibility, Accessibility Standards and Inclusive Technology Group at the US Educational Testing Service.
What’s it like to take part in organizing a major international conference as a first-year student? How do you communicate with scientists from the world over and solve an avalanche of issues in mere hours? This July, ITMO University was home to the 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table, which brought together renowned chemists, physicists, educators, and historians of chemistry from Russia, the US, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, China, and other countries. The event’s organizing committee was comprised, in part, of students of ITMO’s School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems, who spoke to ITMO.NEWS about their experience and their future plans.