How is the "Skolkovo"? Report from innograda

This project is called the Medvedev toy, then a promising start towards "slezaniyu the oil needle", the Russian Silicon Valley, the Potemkin village with unlimited funding. Despite the political and economic instability, the construction of the Skolkovo innovation center is actively continuing. And when we were invited to get acquainted with the way things are at the main scientific and technological project in our country over the last decade, we could not refuse such an offer.

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Every visit to Skolkovo remembered a strange feeling: it is impossible to get rid of the feeling that you get in a Hollywood film about the secret laboratories in which to develop advanced technology. A feeling enhanced by the abundance of inscriptions in English and foreign-sounding speeches everywhere: in the complex has a large number of specialists from around the world.

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The campus Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology ( "Skolkovo Tech") has acquired a concrete shape, and journalists have seen this during a visit to the construction site. The three-dimensional model, which can be seen on the paper, began to be realized, and if there is no force majeure, a couple of years we have already paid a visit to the finished building.

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The building was named "Eastern Ring" and looks like a new Apple campus in Cupertino, is almost twice inferior to him in the area. The structure of the main architectural brainchild of "Skolkovo Tech" corresponds to the philosophy of the institute: representatives from all research areas will work in a minimum distance from each other, and thus be able to meet daily to ensure close interaction between the different aspects of the work. For example, the developers of new energy technologies will be able to meet for lunch in the courtyard with marketing professionals, which theoretically will allow them at an early stage of the work to understand how you can use their invention in a commercial plane.

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This decision is not groundbreaking and was borrowed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with which the "Skolkovo" is actively cooperating since 2011. This institute has been selected as a strategic partner is not accidental, since he shows the world's best transfer speed performance of the theoretical ideas to real business decisions.

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Based on the draft, we can expect the emergence of the next architectural masterpiece. Engaged in the development glorified bureau Herzog & de Meron, behind which updated the "Bird's Nest" Tate Modern Gallery in London and the stadium, which will be remembered the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It is clear that investors do not spare money on the fact that in the "Skolkovo Tech" was the most comfortable working with.

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By the way, are located close to a gated development for teachers and a hostel for students, and they are also close to surrender. As planned by the developers, it will not only maximize the performance of scientists, but also the intensity of communication between students and teachers. This will turn the "Skolkovo" in an isolated area, where the line between research and the rest will be blurred.

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In spite of itself begs the word "campus", the leaders of "Skolkovo Tech" insist that this does not refer to their center. Still, the Soviet scientific city were often closed and focused on specific tasks. "Skolkovo Tech" is the most open (its territory will be free to attend for regular walks) and imprisoned under some well-defined goal. It is assumed that the innovation city will offer fertile ground for anyone who has a promising idea and is looking for ways to turn them into a working business.

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With regard to the crisis, some say that they have been a party, it would be wrong. However, the government is clearly not going to give up such an important project, and continues to finance it, as well as private entities, are also interested in technological innovation.

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Despite the general skepticism that prevails in the blogosphere for the project, the general background illuminated achievements "Skolkovo Tech" in the Russian and foreign media have been positive on the whole. Last year's scandalous investigation RBC, if you remove the emotional component, was focused more on the political and economic vicissitudes and does not affect the one thing for which all, in fact, was started.

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The main question of the Skolkovo still one where the great scientific and technological advances that promised officials a few years ago? Of course, you do not need to be an expert in this field to understand that concrete results of this work are simple people can be felt only after decades. For this reason, it is currently difficult to sum up some results and to answer the question, when the investment will pay off.

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But the visit "Skolkovo Tech" can not fail to inspire optimism and lead to a conclusion that the allocated money mastered rationally. To make your own view, we recommend you to independently visit the innovation city, if you have the opportunity. And we look forward to hearing from "Skolkovo Tech" an invitation to the grand opening of the center.