MY.TECH Festival: a Glimpse Into the Future at Igora
On June 8, St. Petersburg Technopark held MY.TECH Technological Festival for the second time. It became the largest technology development event in the North-West region: more than 100 developers presented their projects at a unique Technology Alley, over 600 specialists took part in the business program. All in all, more than 3,000 visitors became the audience for eight MY.TECH locations on the territory of the Igora resort. The show and the business part of the event were focused on the most advanced technologies that are already changing the life of modern cities in the areas of transportation, medicine and pharmaceuticals, retail and energy.
The participants hailed from various countries. In addition to projects developed in St. Petersburg, the festival was attended by developers, businessmen and investors from various regions of Russia, the countries of Northern Europe and the Baltic States and the Middle East. Partners and speakers at the event were not only leading Russian companies, but also transnational corporations, including Coca Cola HBC Russia, SKyEng, Yandex, Speakus, Red Bull and many others.
Andrey Sokolov, General Director of St. Petersburg Technopark, addressed the guests: “Today we are hosting the MY.TECH festival for the second time. This is the biggest event for our residents and like-minded people from different areas of industry, business and science. The goal of the festival is to demonstrate that advanced technologies and technological entrepreneurship are already becoming available to most people. The MY.TECH festival is our response to the requests that come to us daily from the technology community and business. After all, everything related to technology changes very quickly; innovations that seemed like fiction yesterday are already being introduced and will be in demand by the society tomorrow.”
For the first time the North-West region held a festival that sets the trend for future events. Visitors could learn about innovative developments, attend the presentations of high-tech business projects, and also participate in professional discussions on various topics related to the adoption of technologies, promotion of products on the markets and a responsibility towards the environment. Guests of the festival were able to enjoy an extensive business program mixed with outdoor recreation.
The program of the event was divided into 4 sessions:
- #mytechtrend was dedicated to discussions about how technologies change the world in all areas of life: from industrial production and transport infrastructure, to leisure time of citizens of the city and homes in which they live;
- #mytechmedia became the venue for presentations of the unique media projects, video content, interactive music and video projects, as well as discussions about how innovations are covered by the media;
- #mytechprofi was the session for professionals: specialists and companies whose ideas become trends in key sectors of the modern world;
- #hottech was a platform for speeches and discussions on “hot” topics and problems that cannot be ignored but can be solved today with the help of technology: IoT, electric transport, future foods, green technologies.
Sergei Movchan, adviser to the governor of St. Petersburg, noted the importance of the issues that were raised at the festival. He acknowledged the need for further action to support small and medium-sized businesses: “Those startups who presented their projects at the festival today, tomorrow will be the future of our country. Let me thank everyone who chose to be at this festival on this sunny day. St. Petersburg Technopark gathered those, whom I consider outstanding. And I want to assure you: the city government, the current governor of St. Petersburg have big plans for supporting and developing high-tech companies as well as creating jobs.”
The MY.TECH festival revealed the demand for such events among citizens: the visitors were drawn to the vibe of an unusual technological holiday and were able to learn about modern innovative developments the easy way.
The MY.TECH festival was met with a positive reaction by the social media. To better understand how successful the event was, neural networks and machine learning technology provided by the RunCall voice robot created by one of the residents of Technopark, will gather and process a detailed feedback and suggestions from participants of the festival.
St. Petersburg Technopark JSC thanks the Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovations of St. Petersburg, the All-Season Resort Igora and the official partners of the festival: RTransInvest LLC, NPF Dipol JSC, ASK Laboratory LLC, Concern Central Research and Development Institute Electropribor JSC.