2011 Russian Youth Innovation Convention
On November 29, Digital October will host the Fourth Russian Youth Innovation Convention, an event that brings together more than 1,000 young Russian innovation specialists, 100 entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, and 50 of the best national startup projects.
The world’s leading technology and venture capital industry experts will be at the Innovation Convention: Steve Wozniak (Apple), Gary Taggart (Y-Combinator), Peter Vesterback (Angry Birds/Rovio), Mike Brown (AOL Ventures), Paul Bouchet (Gmail, Google Adwords), Kevin Colleran (Facebook), Bill Tai (CRV), George Whitesides (Virgin Galactic); as well as the winners of TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 in San Francisco, Shaker and Questli, and in New York, Qwiki. Also attending the event to personally assess the projects of talented young colleagues are David Ian (ABBYY), Vladimir Dolgov (Google Russia), Ivan Nechayev (RNT), Aidar Kaliev (VTB Capital), Evgeny Zaytsev (Helix Ventures), and Igor Taber (Intel Capital). For 10 hours, experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will share their secrets and expertise with young participants.
The Russian Youth Innovation Convention is an annual event for the creators of innovative projects, involving over 1,000 young professionals. The convention’s program includes speeches by innovative development experts, training sessions, educational programs, business games, and a showcase of the best innovation projects.
The Innovation Convention brings together the most influential investors and innovation experts, scholars and researchers, and Russian and foreign public figures. Participants discuss the future of technology and major trends in the world of science, technology, and entrepreneurship. From 2008 to 2010, the convention’s guests of honor included: Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin; Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki; American scientist Michio Kaku; researcher and creative class theory creator Richard Florida; Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev; and Russian Federation Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
In keeping with tradition, the fourth convention will culminate with an announcement of the innovation project competition winners, as well as the announcement of the winners of the Vladimir Zworykin National Prize for Innovations. It’s possible that the winners of the Zworykin Prize will determine the technology trends of 2012.
For more information about the fourth convention and to apply to participate, please visit: http://www.iconvention.ru/.