KIVO Education Innovation Competition Announces Winners
The winners are ‘d notation’, an app that is capable of imputing sheet music and learning music notation on smartphones, tablets and interactive whiteboards (from St. Petersburg), and Dysgraph, an online service that’s used to diagnose and treat dysgraphia in children (from Krasnoyarsk).
On September 25, 2017, the winners were selected as part of #EDCRUNCH 2017, an international conference dedicated to new educational technologies, by a jury consisting of education experts and business leaders.
‘We are the first to implement this idea,’ Andrey Bayadzhan said in regards to ‘d notation’, adding: ‘Anyone familiar with sheet music can easily enter notation on their mobile device. There are numerous notation editors, but they are difficult to learn, and not appropriate for teaching music notation. I’m developing this project together with Roman Ruditsa, who is a composer and teacher of music theory.’
Andrey has already received pre-orders from Russian music schools, and is planning to promote his product on European and American markets. He applied for KIVO for a travel grant, and this turned out to be a success. He can now present ‘d notation’ at American schools and universities. ‘I already have agreements with several professors in various states who have tested my app. Personal communication with potential users is essential, as is being there in person during tests in educational institutions,’ Andrey said.
The author of Dysgraph, a service that can correct dysgraphia in children, is Sevil Alieva, a fourth-year student in Business Informatics at Siberian Federal University. Her project is the Dysgraph website, with a pilot version of the app that was launched in June of this year.
‘The problem of dysgraphia in Russia doesn’t get the attention it deserves,’ she said.
She notes: ‘Speech therapists at schools and pre-schools do not have the motivation to solve this problem, as it requires individual approaches and special technologies. However, there is indeed demand for this – in just four months, over 1,000 users registered on our website. Today, it can test for dysgraphia. We are also developing a service with exercises to correct the condition. The system will select them automatically based on the specific problems a user might be experiencing.’
The KIVO prize for Dysgraph is a grant for its further development. According to Sevil, the website offers three approaches to monetization: B2C (individual clients), B2B (private speech schools), and B2G (public educational institutions). She is now focused on developing the project together with Artemy Lazarenko from Novosibirsk and the Department of Special Education at Krasnoyarsk Teacher Training University.
‘Education in Russia is experiencing a start-up boom,’ said Diana Koroleva, Director of KIVO.
She notes: ‘Public interest in our competition, which is still high in its fourth year, confirms that. This year’s finalists are considerably younger than last year, and almost half of their projects are related to the use of IT in education. As in previous years, there are many projects aimed at helping people to overcome difficulties in life, and a service to treat dysgraphia is one of them. The “d notation” project was given a high evaluation by the jury, primarily thanks to its clear idea and the plan for its implementation.’
KIVO is taking place next year. During the upcoming application period, its organizers will visit more regions than in 2017 (when they visited Krasnoyarsk, St. Petersburg, and Ekaterinburg). In addition, the HSE Institute of Education plans to launch a project similar to the KIVO Summer School. The new project is a ‘permanent accelerator’ of educational projects for a wide assortment of innovators.
The results of the competition for the best academic and popular science papers in Russian by HSE staff members have been announced. This competition is a new one, organized by the university to celebrate the Year of Science and Technology. 257 applications were submitted, with 35 winners announced in the academic category and 30 in the popular science one. The winners were announced on Alexander Pushkin’s birthday. The organizers plan to make the competition annual, potentially opening it up for all Russian and international researchers writing papers and involved in science communication in Russian.
Alena Akmatova and Svetlana Ilyushina, graduates of the HSE Art and Design School Master’s programme (2017), won the open Russian Post competition, which was held jointly with the Novgorod regional government and the Novgorod State Museum-Reserve in the autumn of 2020. Participants had to design a series of limited edition postcards and packaging dedicated to the cultural and historical heritage of the region
Ekaterina Melianova and Artem Volgin, both graduates of the Master’s Programme Applied Statistics with Network Analysis, took second place in two CDP competitions: the Unlocking Climate Solutions Kaggle Competition and the COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge. In the coronavirus-related data competition, the HSE graduates outperformed professors and PhD students of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and other foreign universities.
This year’s International Economics Olympiad for high school students started on September 7 with an opening ceremony that celebrated the biggest and most diverse group of students yet to compete in the Olympiad, now in its third year. 29 teams from 29 countries will compete this time. The event, which is being held online due to the pandemic, will last until September 13.
Ninety six university teams from all over the world participated in the main mathematics competition of the year. Typically, IMC takes place in Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), but this year it was decided to hold the competition online due to the pandemic.
The number of international laboratories run in cooperation with leading international scholars is set to expand at HSE University. The competition aims to support the existing and create new research teams. Applications will be accepted from July 10 to August 31, 2020.
The 2019 Innovations in Education Competition, organized by HSE University’s Institute of Education and the Rybakov Foundation, received more than 600 project submissions. First prize went to a St. Petersburg-based team for a project that aims to combat bullying against hearing-impaired children. The winners received an internship grant valid in any country in the world courtesy of the Institute of Education.
On June 24-28, HSE University – St Petersburg will be hosting HSE Fest, an international festival featuring university startups. 22 teams from 10 countries, including the HSE SPb team, ‘Sphere’, will be competing for grants in support of tech startups.
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HSE students are invited to participate in a design competition in which a series of three illustrations will be selected. Submissions will be accepted until May 22. The winning patch projects will be set in the form of stripes on adidas bomber jackets. The author of the best work will travel to the head office of adidas in Germany.