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About the National Contest of Innovative Projects of 2013. “Sovietskaya Bielorussia”, no. 12 (24395), January 22, 2014

About the National Contest of Innovative Projects of 2013. “Sovietskaya Bielorussia”, no. 12 (24395), January 22, 2014

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About the National Contest of Innovative Projects of 2013. “Sovietskaya Bielorussia”, no. 12 (24395), January 22, 2014

A winner of the National Contest of Innovative Projects of 2013 in the nomination “Best Innovative Project”, a gigantic dump truck BelAZ with the carrying capacity of 450 tons, which can be called “a weighty winner” in all senses, became a hero of the news and was mentioned in the New Year greetings of the President. But the youth part of the contest didn’t get lost against this powerful background; about a half of applications were submitted for this nomination.

 Maybe, the works of young people are not so large-scale, and there are no whole enterprises and teams standing up for them, but they have ideas and enthusiasm to their credit. So, the platform created by the State Committee on Science and Technology for novice developers and scientists becomes more valuable.

Dmitry Vysotsky , the postgraduate of the State International Environmental University named after A. Sakharov, was the last to speak on the protection of competition projects, and he didn’t conceal that after having listened to the competitors he didn’t expect to get the first place, because there were many serious and interesting works. Generally, 28 projects reached the phase of consideration by the state experts in the nomination “Best Youth Innovative Project”, and 6 of them got into the final.

When evaluating it was important not to miss the main goals that must pursue any innovation such as the creation of a new technical, technological, informational, social, economic, organizational system or modification of the existing one, the cost saving, improvement of the quality of the final product and the commercial effect.

That’s why the project of   Vladimir Olekhnik of the Vocational and Technical College of Electrical Engineering of Beloozersk was awarded with letters of commendation of the Ministry of Education and the Belarusian Republican Youth Union, although it was not among the top three. His area of interest was the modernization of home electric stoves with little cost, with which are equipped dormitories. Because a re-equipment with the new technique is not always possible, and energy-saving is not just saving, but also reasonable consumption.

This is the way the best projects were defined: the projects that met the requirements were sent to the state expert boards on relevant topics, where they were evaluated in accordance with a point system. “Unfortunately, youth projects tend to get less points than those that were presented in the “Best Innovation Project”, which are backed up by institutions, enterprises and organizations.

First and foremost, elaboration of business plans was a weak point of the young developers.

They lack the experience and skills in drafting them, and this is a very important part, because the main idea of the competition is just commercialization of projects”, Alla Minhko, the head of the competition, the representative of the Belarusian Innovative Foundation entrusted with organizational and technical support of the competition, says.

That is why some suggestions for improvement (such as to prolong the selection of projects from three phases to four ones, and to allocate a small amount to winners of the first phase for improvements in terms of business plans) are to be included in the Regulations of the National Contest of Innovative Projects.

It’s recognized that at first there were difficulties, and Dmitry Vysotsky, the winner of the youth category, involved all the areas of his complex specialty (engineer-programmer – environmentalist). His environmental online map of Minsk, which displays information on environmental pollution by harmful substances such as CO, NH3, NO2, was invented in his third academic year as a practical part of the coursework.

Gradually it became more important, it got the third prize at the All-Russia competition of scientific research works “Ecopark”, and now it has been awarded here. As it turned out, there are no analogues to this map at the “World Wide Web”. The information on air pollution in cities is accumulated on the website of Dmitry www.eco-city.by (it’s still working in test mode), it’s visual and clear to anyone.

Of course, there are current data at the monitoring stations at all open network sources. But here at the website of the National Center of Radiation Control and Environmental Monitoring they are digital and don’t contain much understandable information for the profane, moreover, they cover only the current moment. The essence of the innovations of Dmitry is that there’s a program that processes the information and creates dynamic drawings, charts related to a particular location.

Now everyone can easily familiarize himself with the situation in a certain district of Minsk. Dmitry asserts that it’ll be the first step: “Databases will be created, the diagrams, new tables and charts will be added weekly, monthly, data will appear in other cities with  an air monitoring , there 20 such cities in Belarus, there will be more information on Hazardous Substances and parameters to be displayed”. Socially significant aspect of this work is available. And not just for families with children who want to live in a clean area.

This is the information needed for certain construction and real estate companies for development of environmental measures and evaluation of their effectiveness and transportation system planning.

Dmitry Vysotsky intends to invest the prize (5 million 720 thousand rubles) in the development of the resource. Fixed assets are used to pay for a domain name and hosting, we had to spend money on design and the development of a logo. Information is databased manually, but ideally the content manager must do this.

It was told in the Belarusian Innovation Fund that there’s not just an increase in the premium rate for the winners, whose projects will be selected for further support and commercialization, but also the creation of a whole system of systematic search and the selection of the most promising innovative projects for the economy are among the proposals to improve competition. After all, as international practice shows that one-time projects are not very efficient. The particular emphasis is made to attract more and more young people to participate. Already it is clear that the competition has the potential to become a major in the country to identify and promote young, talented and promising people. Why not use it in full measure?

The pedestal

Alexander Kiriyenko (the Polotsk State University) became the second in the category "Best Youth Innovation Project" with his work "The technology and equipment for producing an elastic tool abrasive grain-oriented batch", Tatiana Koptevich and the authors of the Scientific Research Institute of Physico-Chemical Problems of the BSU became the third in the category with the technology of obtaining of the components of feed for farm animals and poultry based on lignocellulosic alcohol stillage.