The contest of scientific and innovative projects "Inventor of the XXI century", which will be held in Irkutsk in the framework of the All-Russia Science Festival on October 11-13 has started. Applications will be accepted until September 9. The event is held by Russian Ministry of Education and NI ISTU to enhance the development of intellectual potential and the scientific level of the youth. The competition is also aimed at increasing the skills of the commercialization of innovations. To remind NI ISTU is a regional platform of All-Russian Festival of Science in the Siberian Federal District.
One of the main objectives of the competition "Inventor of the XXI Century" is to identify promising young researchers who seek to develop new materials, technologies and services. The most promising projects will be supported in terms of commercialization. The organizers intend to form national scientific pool, consisted of the participants, for research organizations, enterprises of the real sector of the economy and the government.
The contest will be held in six categories. The nomination "Scientific and Technical Creativity of Youth" analyses the work of pupils and students of secondary educational institutions. The projects are presented in the form of technical designs and inventions, visual materials.
Projects that target the latest researches and developments are presented in the nomination "The best research project."
Developments that have a high degree of completion of research and development are discussed in the category "The best Innovative Project". Contest commission will take into account the prototypes of products and outline strategies for commercialization. This nomination must be submitted by not only technological innovation, but also a clear description of the markets of upcoming sales of the product made.
"The best invention" by the results of the contest will be called inventions, utility models, industrial designs and innovations, registered in the past two years and confirmed by patents, certificates and other documents.
Projects that are at the earliest stages of development and presnt the results of the authors 'exploratory' research will be considered in the category "The best Innovative Idea."
"The best Innovative Product" will be selected among the projects, which gave the entry of new products that are sought after by consumers.
The contest "The inventor of the XXI century" consists of two rounds. Correspondence tour is the registration and submission of the project for assessment of experts. The draft might be sent in electronic form to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Second round (public presentation and defense of the project) will be held on October 11-13 in Irkutsk. The participants of the second round will present their projects in the form of exhibits.
Organizers emphasize that the presentation of the project should be interactive so the visitors could be able to make any scientific experiment, see the project in action and get hands-on experience.
Among the criteria for evaluation of projects: scientific richness, originality and relevance of the topic, accessibility and visibility, the level of autonomy of the author, technical adaptibility and commercial feasibility.
In 2012, students and young scientists from 10 sub-federal units of the Russian Federation took part the competition of scientific and innovative projects "Inventor of the XXI century". 102 projects, 85 of them are students and university staff, will be presented at the exhibition at the ISTU Technopark. Diplomas and prizes of the competition were received by 19 authors and teams of Irkutsk Technical University.