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Living Paintings, Eco-Friendly Education and Compact Robots: The Results of “It’s Your Call!” Winter School
The winter school "It’s Your Call!" 2020, jointly organized by ITMO University and Sberbank is over. Five days of lectures, workshops and teamwork under the leadership of a mentor allowed each of the eighteen teams to complete their own project and defend it as a short presentation. Top six projects made it to the finals, while the winning team received not only the opportunity to enter ITMO University without having to pass the entrance exam, but also valuable gifts – electric scooters.
Representing ITMO at the hackathon were four teams, two of which won in their respective tracks and passed into the finals. One of them, Golden PSZh, became the all-round winner of Russia’s first large-scale hackathon on digitalization in the field of tourism. Right now, the students are in discussions on incorporating their system into a potential customer’s operations. More on the students’ training in the Digital Generation club, the tracks and the solutions, as well as their impressions of the event in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Having graduated from ITMO University in 2014, Maria Plotkina worked as a designer and, later, as a school teacher. Over a year ago, together with her colleague, she established the project “Geek Teachers”, designed to reconcile the traditional school system with groundbreaking educational technologies. ITMO.NEWS met Maria to find out about her time at ITMO, her exciting work experience and projects, and why informal festivals in the glitter-loaded party format can make the education process at schools more open.
Anna Biryukova graduated from ITMO’s Science Communication Master’s program in 2018. She now works at the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow and is one of the co-founders of slovo.media, a digital agency, where she curates media projects, develops communication strategies and does research for Wikipedia. Read on to find out more about Anna’s path to science communication, the challenges she encounters in her work, and the reasons why you should learn to use Wikipedia.
At the end of 2019, the results of a scholarship competition organized by ITMO University in collaboration with Gazprom Neft were announced. Among the winners is a team of ITMO University students, who came up with a comprehensive solution to the problem of abandoned cars, which involves their search, sorting and recycling. The students took first place in their track and were awarded a grant of 70,000 rubles. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, they share their experiences of working on the project and their thoughts regarding the issue of abandoned cars.
Seven teams became winners of the International Contest of Engineering Teams “Kvantoriada 2019” (ICCET 2019) that took place in Moscow at the end of last year. Among them was the team Quantum from Astrakhan who got help from the scientists of ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering in the development of their prototype. Read more about the contest, its participants and the joint effort of scientists and students in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Daniil Samoilov, a third-year student at the Faculty of Laser Photonics and Optoelectronics, received the Young Runet Leaders Award in the nomination Digital Agency. The student became the youngest participant and winner of the first national competition among IT specialists. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he shares his experiences of participation in the competition, running his own digital agency, as well as his university studies and the applications developed by his team. Read on to learn the details.
All throughout the past week at ITMO University, seven teams from Russia, the US and Switzerland were developing social projects to then present them to the judges. The students and lecturers forming part of the groups interacted with their colleagues, discussed the difference in social entrepreneurship approaches in their countries, and exchanged experiences in order to come up with the most comprehensive solution for their tasks. Read on to find out how it all happened and what the participants learned from each other.
The Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises has recently announced the results of the grant program UMNIK, aimed at training specialists for the digital economy of Russia. This time, several ITMO University students received grants of half a million rubles each. ITMO.NEWS talked to some of the winners and asked them about their projects and plans for the future.
Russia has joined the European Empowering Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region (EmPaci) project. Its goal is to create the mechanisms that will allow to involve more citizens into the process of participatory budgeting. The project is implemented by a consortium of 20 partners from Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia. ITMO University acts as a coordinator from the Russian side. The participants discussed the tasks and implementation plan of the project as part of the international seminar “Electronic participation and participatory budgeting: best practices in the North-West of Russia”.