Visionaries

Alexander Povalko
General Director, Chairman of the Management Board of RVC JSC
Imagine a competition with a gold medal at the finish backed up by a substantial cash prize. This is not a payment for the R&D, not the purchase of any results of the teams. A task is set to the participants that has not yet been solved anywhere in the world, and the one who has overcome the barrier, who has created the best product, receives a significant cash prize. In the USA, a similar programme allowed launching private astronautics: winner of the Ansari X Prize competition launched a private rocket into space. Technology competitions are a very interesting story. I think we shall have a completely unique experience.
Igor Drozdov
Board Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation
Participation itself, and not even a victory, is the beginning and a possibility to attract funds into your projects including those that are not directly related to the competition. Those who do not participate in the competition will get a hope and a dream. We have a lot of talents, we need to give them a possibility to believe in themselves and open up opportunities for the growth.
Dmitry Peskov
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development
Technology competitions are one more tool for involving talents into the National Technology Initiative. The winners will be able to form teams united by super-sophisticated tasks on overcoming the technological barriers that will promote their solutions to the global market. The competitions will allow attracting much greater investments in the development than the prize fund amount spent.
Mikhail Antonov
Director for Development of Innovative Infrastructure, RVC
The competition task is formulated as the world-class technological barrier, the overcoming of which will promote the development of multimillion and multibillion markets. And, potentially, the cash prize might appear to be not as important, though it is not small, as the new possibilities for both the competition participants, and for a wide range of partners, investors, small and large businesses.
Albert Efimov
Head of Sberbank Robotics Laboratory
This is the absoluteness of achievements. The spacecraft either climbed to a height of 100 km twice in two weeks - or not. A driverless car either travelled 200 km along the route - or not. This is an absolute criterion, and it is undeniable: we are not making a presentation describing how to make a suborbital flight, but we are in fact doing it.
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