‘Innovation Isn’t Just an Empty Word or a Fashion Fad’
— What project did you present at the forum?
— Our team presented two projects by the WiSeNet Lab, an inter-university laboratory for innovative projects. One of them is the system of ‘Smart Chalk’, which allows you to create an interactive screen without special coatings, panels or expensive systems of recognition, and to have simultaneous, multiple users with it. The second project, ‘Smart Energy’, is a prototype of a system which allows energy consumption calculation by device, paying for energy use in public areas ( using a ‘public socket’ or charging station), and provides up-dates about black spots in the electricity supply or in the case of an electricity network overload. This is an interesting project and I hope we’ll bring it to implementation.
— What is the group of ‘100 young innovators’ which was created during the forum?
— This is a group of people who have already suggested innovative projects and are at different stages of their implementation. The idea is to give people with ideas the opportunity to get together, to promote creativity and develop business connections. The atmosphere of openness is a specific feature of the forum.
As part of the forum, a special Q&A session was organized with Sir Richard Branson, a British billionaire and head of Virgin Group. The list of speakers also included David Yang, head of ABBYY, Phil Spencer, Vice President of Microsoft Studio, and other respected people.
— In recent years, the term ‘innovative’ has become one of the most commonly used, and is applied to almost all spheres of life. Don’t you think that this term has lost its value?
Today the word ‘innovative’ is often used just as a buzzword, but it does have a genuine meaning. Innovations are an ideal combination of business and science. Without them, we have business on the one hand, ‘skimming the cream off’ but doing nothing serious or interesting, and, on the other, pure science the results of which cannot be applied. I often say that everything we are dreaming about today is, in the context of our fantasies, in the far distant future, but in the context of rapid technological development it is literally tomorrow. Innovations are not just empty words or fashion fads, they are specific solutions, products, services and technologies which, when they are implemented, make our life better, easier and more comfortable, giving us more time for creativity.
Contemporary universities are becoming not only centres for education and research, but also hubs for entrepreneurship. Igor Agamirzian, HSE Vice President, Head of the Department for Management of Innovation, spoke about the development of the HSE’s innovation infrastructure, about attracting students to technological business projects, and about the master’s programme ‘Corporate Research, Development and Innovation Management’.
Mikhail Blinkin is one of Russia’s leading experts in urbanism, city planning, and urban transport. He has headed the HSE Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies since 2011 and has been HSE Tenured Professor since 2013. In 2017, Mikhail Blinkin was the recipient of an HSE Honour Award 1st Class, as well as the Golden HSE award for Best Expert.
On November 27, the HSE Academic Council held an awards ceremony dedicated to the university’s 25th anniversary. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of the Russian President, members of government, and members of the Russian Federal Assembly. Governmental awards were given to a number of HSE employees for their tremendous accomplishments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree for the commendation of prominent public and political figures. Andrey Zhulin, Vice Rector at HSE Perm, Galina Volodina, Director of HSE Perm, and Valeria Kasamara, HSE’s Senior Director for Government Relations, are among the figures mentioned in the decree.
The Higher School of Economics has gone into partnership with Russian Venture Company to develop and promote TechUp2015 — a national rating for fast-developing tech companies.
Giorgio Sirilli, former chairman of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI), is offering lectures to students in the Master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
A book entitled The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project by Associate Professor at the HSE Faculty of Media Communications Olga Baysha has been published by Lexington Books (United States).