Russia’s flagship tech forum Open Innovations to be held online and free to join

Igor Pivovarov, the OpenTalks.AI organizer, during the session "Artificial Intelligence in Russia - Landscape Overview" as part of the Open Innovations 2019 Forum. Pavel Kassin / TASS.

MOSCOW/SKOLKOVO, Oct 12, 2020, Pan Pacific Agency. The Open Innovations Forum, Russia’s major international forum for innovational development, will be held online “due to the epidemiological situation” and will be free for anyone this year, the press service of the event said today. Annual event was originally planned to be held in a mixed format, online and offline, but confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia continues to increase at a rate comparable to that of spring, according to the health watchdog statistics.

“The organizers of Open Innovations Forum already have experience in hosting large online events. In May, the first technology online conference Startup Village Livestream 2020 in two days on the site alone gained 185 000 views, 107 000 of which are unique. The total number of views, including social networks, eventually exceeded 1.7 million,” the event’s press service said.

Those who have already paid for tickets to attend the Open Innovations Forum at the Skolkovo Technopark will be refunded, and their registrations will be automatically transferred online. Both foreign and Russian experts will connect remotely, and session moderators will work from studios.

“Technologically and visually, the broadcast of the sessions of the Forum’s business program will be more like a teleconference than a conference on Zoom with a large number of windows. It will be possible to ask questions directly to speakers during their speeches in special chats. Transfer to online format once again confirms that the norms of our lives have changed and that we are all already in the “new digital normality,” Ekaterina Inozemtseva, CEO of the Skolkovo Forum, said.

Among the keynote speakers, this year are Meir Brand, Vice President of Google Inc, Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey Global Institute Director, Lisa Deschamps, Senior Vice President of Novartis Gene Therapies, Dmitry Grishin, co-founder of Mail.ru Group, Johan Vekemans, Global Clinical Head of AstraZeneca, Maksim Akimov, CEO of Russian Post, Cyrill Gutsch, CEO and Founder of Parley for the Oceans, and many more.

The Forum’s traditional Startup Expo will also be held online. Networking will allow exhibitors not only to demonstrate their technological developments but also to communicate with potential customers, suppliers, and partners from anywhere in the world via the website. To join the livestream, any person must be register on the event’s website.

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