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Final Round of Innosocium National Social Projects Contest to Be Held on Roscongress Foundation Online Platforms on 27 May

26 May 2020
Финал Всероссийского конкурса социальных проектов «Инносоциум» пройдет 27 мая на онлайн-площадках Фонда Росконгресс

The final round of the Innosocium National Social Projects Contest will be held at 18:00 on 27 May. Twenty-five of the 635 projects submitted for the contest were shortlisted. The contest includes five categories: ‘Territory Development’, ‘Culture: Regional Initiatives’, ‘Women’s Leadership’, ‘Taking Care of Seniors’, and ‘Youth Entrepreneurship’.

The event will take place in the format of an online pitch session on the Roscongress-TV and Innosocium YouTube channels and also on the Facebook accounts of the Roscongress Foundation and the contest. The authors of the projects that reached the final round, which include university students from all over Russia, will give short presentations. Members of the panel of judges led by Federation Council Deputy Speaker Galina Karelova will then select the winners live. The projects will be judged based on the originality of the idea, detailed elaboration, and anticipated social effect.

The winning students or student groups will receive an award of RUB 500,000 from the contest’s partners in order to further develop and implement their projects.

«All the projects that have reached the final round deserve the highest praise. They are very worthy proposals that feature a clear idea, a well-developed plan, and realistic indicators. Regardless of the panel’s decision, each of them can already be called a winner. From their example, we see how numerous students with their open view of the world are capable of doing things to solve pressing social issues. Taking part in the contest has given these young people a tremendous experience and faith in their abilities — in the ability to implement their plans and ultimately improve life in our country. I believe that this is the main mission of our contest», said Elena Marinina, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation and Director of the Innosocium Foundation.

The Innosocium contest is being supported by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It has also received support from the Russian Union of Rectors, a national public organization that unites more than 700 rectors and presidents of universities in the Russian Federation. The panel of judges includes Raifa Bitkova, an adviser to the President of the Russian Union of Rectors.

«We deeply share the ideology of the Innosocium contest, which aims to get young people involved in the social agenda. Who other than students are able to reimagine the current reality in a new way and offer original creative solutions to socially significant problems? The projects that we are seeing in the final round are a clear confirmation of this», said Victor Sadovnichy, the President of the Russian Union of Rectors and Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The contest is being organized by the Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, and the ‘Art, Science and Sport’ Charitable Foundation. Its partners include the Federation Council, the ART-OKNO cultural platform, EVRAZ, Mars, and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. Its information partners include MIA MIR, Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House, the Social Information Agency, and Moscow Students.

The goal of the contest is to draw attention to urgent socially significant problems and ways to solve them, to identify and encourage talented students to develop and implement social projects, to develop the skills they need for this, and to disseminate the effective experience of social design in the student community.