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Winners of All-Russia Competition “Innosocium” Awarded at RIF

The main objective of the competition was to draw attention of young people to the actual socially significant problems and methods of their solution, to find new communication ideas for solving social problems, to identify and encourage talented students, to develop their skills of development and implementation of social communication projects, as well as to share the effective experience of social design in the student environment.

“By 2024, Russia should enter the top five countries of the world conducting research and development in areas determined by the priorities of scientific and technological development. A unified state program of scientific and technological development and development of higher education has been prepared. Such initiatives as the all-Russia competition of social projects ‘Innosocium’ make a significant contribution to the achievement of the tasks set. It is important to note that the competition is of applied nature and promotes the identification and encouragement of talented students, the development of their skills of development and implementation of social communication projects, and sharing the effective experience of social design in the student environment. These are applied skills that, in addition to the academic knowledge acquired in higher educational institutions, will be necessary in practical activities”, said Mikhail Kotyukov, the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

“We have made sure of the efficiency and relevance of our undertaking. The ideas presented at the competition not only show great opportunities and a high level of qualification of Russian students, these are real ‘adult’ projects that can boost the development of the social environment in Russia. Therefore, we plan to pay the most attention to this direction in the future”, said Alexander Stuglev, chairman of the board and director of the “Roscongress” Foundation.

“Despite the fact that our competition is quite young — it started in September 2018 — we have received more than 100 projects up to now. We are inspired by the freshness of ideas and the enthusiasm of young people taking on socially important tasks. This is why we are confident in the country’s future and see a great potential for using this channel of identification and development of social innovations”, said Yelena Marinina, deputy director of the “Roskongress” Foundation and director of social programs.

The winner in the “Active Longevity” category was Olga Molostvova with the project titled “Educational Course of Landscape Design “Near the House” (the Ural Institute of Management) aimed at socializing and increasing the employment of elderly people, as well as at promoting supplementary education. “Our objective at the ‘Innosotsium’ competition is search for new communication solutions to draw attention to the ‘Active Longevity’ program, which is aimed at the solution of problems associated with raising the standard of living of the elderly population in Russia. We believe that involving young people in this socially significant project is an important step in achieving this objective”, commented Katerina Kruglova, executive director of the “Memory of Generations” Foundation.

The project of Irina Svyatskova titled “Audio Performances based on Chuvash Folk Tales and Legends for Blind Children” (the Chuvash State Institute of Culture and Arts) in the “Inclusive Society” category is aimed at promoting the preservation of architectural and cultural values, identity and culture, languages ​​and traditions of the peoples of the Russian Federation.

“Thanks to the ‘Innosocium’ competition, we have received important feedback for our ‘Special Look’ program for support of visually impaired people. Applications submitted by students for participation in the ‘Inclusion’ category help us to learn the beliefs of the younger generation about the barrier-free environment in the modern world. No less important were the communication plans submitted as part of each project, because it is not enough just to create something useful for the society, it still need to be communicated in such way that both direct beneficiaries and indifferent citizens of our country become interested. The project ‘Audio Performances based on Chuvash Folk Tales and Legends for Blind Children’ was selected the winner, first, because it would be interesting both to visually impaired children and to children without eyesight problems. Preservation of the traditions of small peoples with translating them into Russian is also part of a solid foundation of the inclusive culture of our multinational state”, said Maria Melnichenko, program director of the Alisher Usmanov’s “Art, science and sport” Foundation.

Svetlana Panyukova (the Chelyabinsk State University) became the winner in the “Development of Territories” category with the project titled “Beyond the Severity”. Her project is aimed at the creation and development of brands of territories, promotion and development of mass sports, active tourism, leisure, support of preserving architectural and cultural values, promotion of the development of electronic forms of communication with the use of mobile and Internet resources, as well as at activation of social activities, civil involvement and initiatives of city residents.

The winners of the “Innosocium” competition will receive financing for the implementation of their social projects and will be able to present them to the business community at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019.