Digital transformation of business and development of corporations of the future became the key topic of the first day of Open Innovations Moscow International Forum. This year the Forum brought together at Skolkovo Technopark some 18,000 participants: internationally famous futurologists, professors of leading international business schools, technological evangelists and leading experts in management, managers of startup companies and IT entrepreneurs, more than 1,000 representatives of mass media.
Open Innovations 2017 Forum was opened by Vice Premier of the Government of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich and Viktor Vekselberg, President of the Skolkovo Foundation.
“Open Innovations presents an excellent networking opportunity for forum participants looking for investments. The Government is ready to support innovations, provide for sustainable growth and become a partner for the business community and the society,” Arkady Dvorkovich said.
In his introductory remarks at the first plenary session of the Forum, entitled “Companies in a digital era. Corporation or collaboration,” president of Skolkovo Foundation Viktor Vekselberg, said: “Over the past several years the Open Innovations Forum has earned itself a good reputation. Since 2016 the number of Forum participants grew from 12,000 to 18,000. Russia was and is today a very attractive platform for adoption of global solutions. Our country has a tremendous potential and excellent opportunities, and can serve as a competitive player in global economic space. Moreover, Open Innovations Forum is a great place for representatives of small and medium-sized business to do some networking and reach a new level of quality.”
The Forum opened with a panel discussion entitled “Transform or Die. A New Life of Old Industries,” moderated by Pekka Villakainen, Senior Advisor to the president of Skolkovo Foundation. The participants agreed that technologies along can help change business in a fundamental manner; it is especially important for large companies that will need to modernize business processes to remain afloat. Technologies, at the same time, should not remain the only focus, they should serve just as a way to achieve goals.
David Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, presented Sofia, a robot created by the company. The presentation was met with great enthusiasm. The Sofia project, Mr. Hanson said, is an attempt to create artificial intelligence that could learn to understand people and take care of them, as well as be motivated to improve life conditions on the planet Earth.
John Nosta, president of NostaLab, one of the most famous and active supporters of a digital revolution in the sphere of digital medical technologies, and the gospel-writer in this area of science, spoke at the session entitled “Digital Medicine Revolution.”
Digital technologies transform the habitual notion of medicine, expanding the capabilities of practicing physicians, and handing over some of the important health monitoring functions into their own hands, John Nosta said.
Mitio Kaku, a famous physicist and futurologist, became the headliner of the first day of the Forum, speaking at the panel discussion entitled “Applied Quantum Technologies. How is the World Changing?” in which he talked about the ways in which our life will change within the next few decades.
“Development of quantum computers will allow us to send our emotions and feelings via the web. The new internet will be a network connecting one human brain to another without intermediaries,” Mitio Kaku said.
Vice Premier Arkady Dvorkovich, who spoke at the panel discussion, said that the Government of the Russian Federation will be working on concrete projects in the sphere of quantum technologies, focusing on basic issues that highly qualified expertise can bring to fruition.
Skolkovo Technopark hosted MBA express, a mini lecture course. For 2 1/2 hours representatives of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Yan Xu and Xi Chang, as well as Jonas Hedman of the Copenhagen Business School, talked about the essence of innovative activities of large corporations, the future development of FinTech direction, and cash-free transactions.
Top mangers of major Russian and international companies discussed the working conditions of staff in modern open offices during the panel discussion entitled “Ping Pong for Billionnaires. What is the Setup of the Corporate Culture of Technological Giants?”
Timur Bekmambetov, a famous Russian film director and founder of BAZELEVS Film Company, introduced DREAM APP, a new reality show that was created to support startup companies. Specially invited star investors of the program were Timur Bekmambetov himself, actor Emmanuil Vitorgan, singer Valeria, producer Iosif Prigozhin and other media personalities.
German Klimenko, advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, speaking to the press at the Forum, discussed the problem of reducing numbers of jobs due to fast development of new technologies.
According to Mr. Klimenko, technological progress in general leads to an increase in the number of jobs requiring high qualifications. People will always find a job in such a gigantic country as Russia, he said.
The program of the Forum consisted of more than 60 sessions, and more than two dozens business contracts were signed. For instance, the IIDF and VEB Bank signed an agreement worth RUB 200 mln, on investments into StartTrack, the leading Russian collective financing platform. Another agreement worth RUB 100 mln concerned investments of the Gruzdev Family Foundation into IT I Skolkovo Venture Foundation.