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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.
RealGo is a controller for transmitting movement in virtual space. Created by ITMO University students, in the future, the device has the potential to make VR devices cheaper and more convenient for regular users. More on the technology, investments and the project’s uniqueness in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
The project ScanFace, a resident of ITMO University’s Pre-Accelerator program, specializes in face-based psychodiagnostics. They can give an exact identification of what kind of impression you make on others, what aspect of yourself – the shape of your eyebrows or nose – hinder you from getting a promotion and building a stable relationship. Not very long ago, the startup secured an investment to develop in the B2B segment. ITMO.NEWS spoke to its head Filipp Zhuchkov to find out how the project works and plans to develop going forward.
Having attended dozens of conferences, developer and designer Ilya Farafonov noticed a common problem: the exchange of contacts after communicating with someone at an event takes too much time. This gave him an idea to develop an app that would help participants of conferences, forums, hackathons and other similar events exchange their contact information quickly and easily. Today, the startup is a participant of ITMO University’s pre-accelerator program, and recently the team has managed to win in the “Best Pitch” nomination at Techstars Startup Week. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Ilya to find out what makes the app different from social media and messengers and how it can tempt even introverts to get involved in the communication.
ITMO University graduate Ilya Chekh was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Russia by a prominent international audit and consulting company Ernst & Young (EY). Founded six years ago, Ilya’s company Motorica annually provides over 500 people with modern bionic limb prostheses and is gearing up to enter the Asian market. ITMO.NEWS reached out to the entrepreneur to find out what yielded them this prestigious award and how people’s perceptions of prostheses have changed over recent years.
ITMO Graduate and Evapolar Engineer Alexander Klyavinsh: University Is Crucial Time to Figure Out What You Want to Do in Life
Five years ago, Alexander Klyavinsh graduated from ITMO University’s Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics. In the course of his studies, he worked as an engineer at a large design bureau but opted to build a career at a startup instead. As part of the team of Evapolar, which even at the start of its operation managed to collect over 100,000 dollars on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, Alexander partook in the development of a fundamentally new product; at that point in time, no company on the market offered personal portable air conditioners. ITMO.NEWS met Alexander to talk about the advantages of working for a startup and why today’s engineers need to learn the ropes of business processes.
Statanly Technologies is a company specializing in machine learning algorithms and AI solutions for businesses. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the company’s CEO Sergey Fedorov shares his experiences of launching the company, bringing its first product to the market, switching to a new format, as well as discusses new developments and collaboration with Russian and European accelerators.
ITMO University students are invited to participate in a new scholarship competition organized by ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations in collaboration with Gazprom Neft and win a grant for the best startup project. The competition is held in three rounds. During the final round, which will be held in December, the participants will present their projects to the jury, made up of representatives of the university and experts from the industry. Read on to learn more about the competition and its rules.
Recognizing Personality by Face and Controlling a Loader in VR: ITMO’s Pre-Accelerator + Highpark Participants at the Innovation Forum
Five teams from ITMO Pre-accelerator + Highpark presented their projects in front of Japanese IT experts at the St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum. Among these projects were a new digital platform for construction works and an optimizer for browser bookmarks and files storage. ITMO.NEWS saw the presentation and learned about the products that still need to be developed and the ones that might shortly become available on the market.
Last week, ITMO University hosted a technological entrepreneurship school for school students of grades 9-to-11. In the course of four days, its participants attended educational workshops aimed at helping them develop their own business ideas. Four projects were presented on the final day of the school. Read on to learn more about what problems the young generation of startupers are concerned with and what solutions they propose.