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Innosocium Social Projects Contest Announces Winners

28 May 2020
Стали известны победители Всероссийского конкурса социальных проектов «Инносоциум»

The results of the Innosocium National Contest of Social Projects, which was organized by the Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, and the ‘Art, Science, and Sport’ Charitable Foundation, have been announced.

The final round included 25 projects submitted by students and student groups from all over Russia in five categories. The finalists presented their projects during an online broadcast on the Internet platforms of the Roscongress Foundation and the Innosocium contest.

«The contest has become a successful platform for young people to realize their potential and to implement projects that can make a significant contribution to breakthrough developments in the social sphere. The number of participants is evidence of its special importance and relevance. The Federation Council is in favour of the comprehensive development of such initiatives», said Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council and head of the contest’s panel of judges.

The panel of judges made the final decision on the winners in each category during the online broadcast.

The SUPPY Device Complex, a project presented by Yekaterina Vostrova from the Ural Institute of Management (a branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration), finished first in the special category ‘Taking Care of Seniors’, which was established jointly with the Russian Federation Council. The SUPPY project consists of a set of devices used to help people with serious illnesses. It includes a convertible armchair bed, a computer mouse for people with cerebral palsy, and an anti-decubitus mattress.

The ‘Listen to the City’ project by Anastasia Seliverstova from St. Petersburg State University won the ‘Territory Development’ category. Seliverstova is going to develop documentary audio expeditions to Russian science cities using a mobile application.

The ‘History Regiment’ took first place in the ‘Culture: Regional Initiatives’ category. The author of the project, Alexander Aksyutin from the National Research University Higher School of Economics, wants to adapt the works of classical Russian literature for today’s young people. The ‘History Regiment’ consists of five works of prose and five poetry collections which will be published on the Nekrasov Library’s Instagram account.

The project ‘On Her Side’ was victorious in the ‘Women’s Leadership’ category. Anna Akimova from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation plans to film 20 dialogues with men about women’s leadership. In doing so, she expects to attract men’s attention to the problem of gender inequality and show that many of them can and want to support women in their aspirations.

The Digital Patrol educational project submitted by Denis Rodichev from the Stolypin Volga Institute of Management (a branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) won the ‘Youth Entrepreneurship’ category. The project consists of a series of lectures and educational games for schoolchildren and aims to combat cybercrime.

Each winner will receive a prize of RUB 500,000 from the contest’s partners in order to further develop and implement their projects.

«This is the second year in a row that we have held the contest and we can see how it is gaining momentum. The final round turned out to be very interesting. It is particularly nice to see so many creative young people who are committed to making other people’s lives better. It was very difficult to choose the winners from among them. I think they are all winners. We will support our finalists in the future, including by promoting their projects at major international events in which our Foundation is involved», said Yelena Marinina, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation and Director of the Innosocium Foundation.

The Innosocium contest is supported by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education as well as the Russian Union of Rectors.

The contest’s partners include the Federation Council, the ART-WINDOW 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.

Students from 256 universities in 70 regions of Russia submitted a total of 635 projects for the contest in 2020.

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.