Open Innovations Forum’s plenary session to be held online on Oct 20

Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation. Photo by: Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MOSCOW, Oct 19, 2020, Pan Pacific Agency. “New digital normal” in a post-Covid-19 world to be discussed on October 20 during the plenary session at the Open Innovations Forum. The event has been opened today. Russia’s PM Mikhail Mishustin, his Korean counterpart Chung Sye-kyun and Dmitry Medvedev, the former PM (2008-2019) and current deputy chairman at the Security council of Russia, were announced as the plenary session’s speakers on the eve of the Forum. All participants to take part in the event via videolink due to the coronavirus restrictions.

“The most common concepts describing the development of humanity in the period before the Covid-19 pandemic pointed to a hyper-connected world and the globalization of the economy as the main drivers of innovative development, allowing technological breakthroughs due to convergence and ever-increasing interaction between people despite geographical distances. But how can we continue to develop at the same pace when hyper-connectivity and globalization are being replaced by a surge of protectionism and isolation?” the event’s website asks.

Forum’s speakers try to find the recipes for economic recovery and the resources to overcome the crisis and resume economic growth in a world previously hyper-connected and divided now. Plenary session’s livestream is available on the event’s official website.

The transformation of notions under the influence of the pandemic will become the key topic of the 9th Open Innovations Forum. In an online format, the speakers will discuss how the attitudes to the digitalization of business, authority, and social institutions have changed and which technologies will be the key ones for the post-Covid-19 world order.

Apart from being a challenge for a huge number of industries the pandemic has also opened new opportunities for many others. The border closure has led to a renaissance of domestic tourism and the development of TravelTech. Self-isolation has changed the principles of creation and consumption of content. Social distancing technologies have become especially widely spread. These include telemedicine services, virtual offices, and educational online platforms.

“In 2020, we have found ourselves in a new reality, which has accelerated the digital transformation, kicked off the processes of the transfiguration of traditional business practices, and has had a drastic influence on the economy, markets, social sphere, and healthcare system. The online format of the Forum will allow involving opinion leaders from all over the world in discussing the peculiarities of such reality,” Arkady Dvorkovich, the Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, said.

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