Denis Boykov, MUF Director, spoke at the Skolkovo Startup Village conference and opened the "Smartopolis Stage. Technologies for Super Cities" track, a joint project between the Moscow Urban Forum and the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. In his speech, he pointed out that "these days, technology affects all areas of urban life – from construction work, ecology, transport, to the everyday running of housing and communal services. Therefore, it is vital that we have several platforms devoted to discussing them. We would like to get this discussion started with the Startup Village today and continue at the Moscow Urban Forum." Boykov also announced several sessions that deal with various aspects of technology and explained that "while discussing these technologies with unbridled enthusiasm, we will also examine them with some caution: in particular the potential risks they may bring. After all, the technological revolution undoubtedly has both positive and negative aspects."
To recap: the joint track, "Smartopolis Stage. Technologies for Super Cities", between the Moscow Urban Forum and the Skolkovo Innovation Centre currently underway at the Skolkovo Startup Village conference is dedicated to smart cities and technologies, whose implementation helps cities to achieve their goals of economic, social and environmental stability.
The track will include panel discussions such as: "What will be the consequences of the technological revolution for the city?", "What industries will change the future of cities?", "Next stop – the smart city. The transition to platform solutions", "How digital twin cities help solve urban problems", "Art's place in the modern megacity", and many others.
Anton Yakovenko, CEO of Skolkovo Foundation, told the conference's first guests about the innovation centre's development trajectory: "We are one of the few people here who remember this whole territory as one big field with grazing cows. A lot of time has passed, and we have put in considerable financial and intellectual resources and devoted a lot of time in order to develop this city, and build up a basic infrastructure, part of which is already in operation. Having said that, when we thought about this city, we thought of it not just as a set of buildings, but we envisaged that this city would become connected by various "Smart City" systems and services that are necessary for comfortable work and life. I believe that we have come very close to the point where we can cross over from building the infrastructure to establishing services. It goes without saying that any service in a modern city is based on technology. I hope that, together with our colleagues, we will continue to forge the paths of development that we have laid down. In parallel, we will launch a platform for both their application and monetisation, which is especially important for our startups."
A more detailed programme of the "Smartopolis Stage. Technologies for Super Cities" track is available here: https://startupvillage.ru/program/6/additional