Community development

Tech in Media

Every year, RVC organizes the Tech in Media National Competition in Innovative Journalism. The competition supports the activities of journalists and media involved in the coverage of innovation in Russia, attracts public attention to the venture capital industry and technological development in the country, raises the prestige of scientists and popularizes examples of the successful commercialization of scientific research.

Professional journalists from central and regional media – TV channels, radio stations, print and online media, as well as blogs – participate in the Tech in Media competition. The Tech in Media Expert Council includes industry experts, representatives of innovative companies and well-known journalists, and the jury includes representatives of the media community.

In 2018, the Tech in Media competition was organized in the following categories: “Venture Capital Business,” “Life Sciences,” “Hydrogen Energy” and “Technologies and Philanthropy.” The best works of journalism have traditionally been distributed in the following categories: publication in federal print media, regional print media, online media and best television or radio broadcast.

More than 600 journalists from 33 cities submitted applications for participation in the competition, and the winners shared a prize fund of  RUB 2.2 million. Tech in Media partners in 2018 included GE Healthcare Life Sciences and the Rybakov Foundation.

The number of applications from journalists has increased fivefold over the eight years of the competition’s existence. This indicates that the competition is popular and that journalists are paying increasing attention to priority areas of technological development.

Tech in Media

RVC supports the development of communities of technology entrepreneurs and enthusiasts and popularizes innovations, venture-capital businesses, scientific and technological developments and educational initiatives in the area of high technologies.

Over the last ten years, we have seen a breakthrough development in the biopharmaceutical industry. We are proud that our company, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, has made a significant contribution to this. We not only offer high-tech solutions to the market, but we have been a reliable partner for the world’s leading companies in the field of biopharmaceutical production for almost 30 years. We are very pleased to see how the state, academia and the pharmaceutical industry work in close cooperation for the benefit of patients in need of state-of-the-art treatment. This needs to be discussed in an open and honest way. In our opinion, the media play an especially important role in the dissemination and popularization of scientific knowledge and achievements in science and modern techniques for the treatment of major diseases. That’s why we consider it important to support scientific and innovative journalism, such as the Tech in Media competition.
Andrei Demurin, CEO, GE Healthcare Life Sciences in Russia/CIS

NTI Ecosystem: Strategy of the Future forum

In December 2018, RVC held the first-ever NTI Ecosystem: Strategy of the Future forum in Sochi, bringing together about 500 members of the National Technology Initiative community to sum up the year, develop new initiatives and coordinate joint plans for 2019–2020.

The forum gathered together in one place for the first time representatives of government agencies, development institutions, commercial companies and scientific organizations involved in the implementation of the NTI. An open two-day dialogue made it possible to develop key areas for the development of the NTI in the medium term.

Areas of forum expertise

  • NTI road maps and regulatory road maps
  • The NTI platform
  • Financial instruments supporting NTI projects
  • NTI centers of excellence
  • NTI infrastructure centers
  • New education formats
  • Work with talented individuals
  • The NTI Export Accelerator

Communication Laboratory

RVC’s Communication Laboratory, an educational networking project, is designed to strengthen ties in the following information ecosystem chains: science – education – media – public and science – business.

In June 2018, with the support of the RVC Communication Laboratory, the second Russian Forum of Scientific Communicators was held, during which topical issues were discussed concerning interaction between business and scientists, communication between the academic community and government agencies, and the social responsibility of communicators. More than 200 representatives of universities, research institutes, business and development institutions took part in the discussions. A ceremony was held to give out Communication Laboratory Awards. The winners included communication specialists and teams of scientific and educational organizations that demonstrated outstanding achievements in ensuring dialogue between the scientific sphere and society.

Project goal

  • The development of common standards for the exchange of information between the research community, the media and the general public, as well as the identification of a new class of specialists: science communicators.

Project mission

  • To determine the state of scientific communication in Russia and its priorities for development
  • To initiate a dialogue between representatives of the scientific community and the public through the media in order to overcome barriers in communication between them

Open Innovations forum

In 2018, RVC co-organized the Open Innovations forum, the largest event in Russia that demonstrates the latest trends and achievements in terms of the innovative development of the economy. Within the framework of Open Innovations in 2018, RVC held business sessions devoted to the National Technology Initiative, the development of the venture capital industry, and issues related to cooperation between science, universities and businesses in order to create breakthrough technologies.

RVC also organized the third Investing in Innovations Russian-Chinese Forum. Representatives of the largest venture funds and corporations in China discussed prospects for cooperation with Russian partners, and Russian entrepreneurs presented their projects to potential investors from China.

For the first time, an NTI booth was presented at the forum, where lectures and discussions on future technologies, an NTI open lesson and discussions of technology ethics took place.

RVC projects won the following awards in 2018

Event of the Year annual national industry award for special events
  • Educational Event of the Year for the project “2018 NTI Contest Finals”
  • Finalist for the Best PR Campaign Event for the Project “2018 NTI Contest Finals”
  • Finalist for the Expo Event of the Year for the project “Individual RVC Exhibition in the Framework of the 2018 Open Innovations Forum
Silver Archer national award for public relations
  • Winner for Promoting Future Technologies for the project “Tech in Media National Contest for Innovative Journalism”
PROBA ICCO Global PR Awards International competition for developing public relations
  • Winner in the “Social Project” category for the project “Promotion of the NTI Contest”