On December 1 the final stage of “UMNIK” (engl. SMART MAN) program competition of Innovation Promotion Fund was held in the Don region capital, where young innovators of the region demonstrated their projects. This activity was held under the support of the Government of the Rostov region.
61 participants demonstrated their projects at the final stage of the competition. Among them — young scientists, students, post-graduate students, master’s students and employees of large enterprises of the Rostov region. The finalists passed a strict selection: the best were selected out of 162 candidates for the whole year.
The Don innovators presented the inventions in five fields: IT, medicine of the future, modern materials and technologies for their creation, new instruments and device assemblies, biotechnology.
It is worth while noticing that all the finalists passed the obligatory procedure of impersonal expertise in the other regions, during which the candidates and doctors of science of the corresponding disciplines additionally assessed the scientific innovation of each project.
The judges estimated the projects by two criteria: innovation and perspectives of scientific and research work commercialization.
The judges’ recommendations were directed to the Innovation Promotion Fund. The winners will be announced after the competition results confirmation by the Fund Directorate.
Rostov region cooperates with the Innovation Promotion Fund for more than 11 years. 129 persons became the winners of the program for the period of “UMNIK” competition realization in the region.