FORUM PROGRAM

 

DAY 1 – 26 JUNE 2019

c 8:30
Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex – Engels St. 140b, Kursk
REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
10:00-11:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
OPEN DIALOGUE WITH ROMAN STAROVOIT, ACTING GOVERNOR OF KURSK REGION

OPEN DIALOGUE WITH ROMAN STAROVOIT, ACTING GOVERNOR OF KURSK REGION

10:00-11:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Moderated by: Dmitry Shchugorev, Russian TV journalist, Russia-24 news channel

12:00-13:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
CEF 2019 FORUM OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY

CEF 2019 FORUM OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY

12:00-13:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Official welcome addresses:

  • Roman Starovoit, acting Governor of Kursk region
  • Maxim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
  • Igor Shchegolev*, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District

INVESTMENT INTERVIEWS

SIGNING OF INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS

14:30-17:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Plenary session: DIGITAL REGION

Plenary session: DIGITAL REGION

14:30-17:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Discussion agenda:

REGION’S DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

The onrush of technology, primarily digital technology, has become an objective fact. The mission of the regions is to spearhead new transformations so as to ensure prosperity to the benefit of their inhabitants. The digital reforms should prioritize people and their needs.

  • What are the main aspects of the region’s social and economic development strategy, how are they linked to plans for digitalization?
  • What are the key problems of ordinary people, how can digital technologies help solve them?

DIGITALIZATION AS A DRIVER FOR NEW JOBS

One of the prejudices against the digital economy is its negative impact on employment. This, to some extent, holds true as digital technologies boost productivity and reduce labor costs. That said, digital technologies are used to create solutions opening markets of goods and services for lots of entrepreneurs. Special opportunities arise for small and medium-sized businesses. Digital transformations should spur the overall business energy of the region, involving new players in the economy and creating new jobs.

  • What platform solutions are in demand with small and medium businesses?
  • What production niches does digitalization open for sole proprietors in Central Russia?
  • How can digital platforms ease tension between large and small businesses?
  • How many jobs can appear in the Central Federal district owing to new digital platforms?
  • How could implementation of digital technologies improve employment in remote towns and villages?

USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIFE

The introduction of digital platforms in healthcare, education, culture brings social services closer to ordinary people. However, no software can provide high-quality services if the system lacks doctors, teachers, cultural workers, or without the necessary equipment.

  • Finding a balance between the number of social services and their digital form
  • What problems would be solved with the penetration of digital platforms into healthcare, education, culture?

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR A COMFORTABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT

Implementation of information & communication technologies in various spheres of life can improve all aspects of life for different social groups. It brings regional management to a new level, makes urban and rural services more convenient and accessible, ensures effective dialogue between the government bodies on one side, citizens and businesses on the other side.

  • How will the full-scale launch of a situation center influence the quality of management in the region?
  • Impact of information & communication technologies on the local transport infrastructure
  • Moscow has developed and successfully implemented a number of promising urban management platforms. How can regions adjust these solutions to their needs?

DIGITALIZATION FACTORY FOR THE REGION

The Regional Digital Development Center should be the single powerhouse for management of digital transformations being responsible for determining priorities and implementing digital transformations. The center should launch digital conveyors for adapting external platforms and creating new ICT projects to serve the needs of the region.

  • What are the Regional Digital Development Center’s objectives and functions?
  • Principles underlying the Center’s operation
  • Potential forms of financing: budget, private investments, co-financing under public private partnership schemes

DIGITAL PRODUCTION

Digitalization opens unprecedented opportunities for the creation and development of an ICT industry, the source of new value and new jobs. Being a developer of digital solutions is the most preferable development strategy for the region. This, however, requires digital elite, i.e. companies and people with adequate expertise and experience in digital development. Unfortunately, digital economies are underdeveloped in most regions of Central Russia, the regions have to “import” digital platforms from advanced centers.

  • Ways to tune economic regulation so as to stimulate the creation of a full-fledged ICT cluster in the region
  • Can major regional universities catalyze the setting-up of ICT companies?
  • Ways to attract talented programmers and other specialists to the region
  • Development vectors for the production of components for the digital economy
10:00-13:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
SMALL BUSINESS: A DRIVER FOR A DIGITAL REGION

SMALL BUSINESS: A DRIVER FOR A DIGITAL REGION

10:00-13:30
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Meeting with the participation of Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development

  • Digital solutions for development of small businesses, successful practices
  • Red tape reduction for business creation and development by harnessing digital progress
  • Platforms that enable small business owners to access new markets
  • Ways to organize the creation of a new electronic environment focused on specifics of small businesses. Who will be responsible for the design, creation, financing?
  • How do information products for SMEs fit into the digital strategy of Russia?
  • Can marketplaces with logistic support drive the development of small businesses?
  • What electronic services can catalyze business activity in small towns and communities?
  • Entrepreneur’s digital literacy: the key to the successful conduct of business in the ICT environment
  • Small business: an important resource for stimulating employment in a digital region
10:00-13:30
Chelyuskintsev St. 28A, Kursk
Expert session: SAFE CITY

Expert session: SAFE CITY

10:00-13:30
Chelyuskintsev St. 28A, Kursk

Discussion agenda:

  • Prospects for creating an integrated life safety system of the “Safe City” hardware and software complex in federal subjects of Russia
  • Using digital technologies to handle issues related to ensuring comprehensive life safety for people in the region
  • Priority activities of the monitoring center of Kursk region
  • Progress in implementing the integrated project “System for integrated use of the results of space activities in Kursk region”
  • Development prospects for the regional navigation and information system of Kursk region based on GLONASS (the ERA GLONASS system)
  • “Safe yard and entrance hall” pilot projects in Kursk: intelligent video surveillance systems in multi-family houses
  • Introduction of a system for photo and video recording of traffic offences and intelligent video surveillance, an automated centralized public alert system and intelligent video surveillance systems with an analytical function, the core elements of the Safe City hardware and software complex

DAY 2 – 27 JUNE 2019

7:00-8:00
“World of Childhood” Charity Marathon Race
10:00-11:50
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Expert session: SMART CITY

Expert session: SMART CITY

10:00-11:50
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Digital technology is helpful in creating a comfortable and safe living environment. It brings resource saving to a new level, ensures effective management of the housing and utility complex, provides electronic facilities for maintaining safety in cities, optimizes and increases convenience of transport and social services, enhances communication between residents and the public authorities.

Many Smart City elements are being actively implemented in large cities. The market currently offers over 250 projects containing Smart City elements.

Ways to combine disparate solutions into a single comfortable urban environment. Applying recommended standards in practice. Finding comprehensive solutions. How can federal target financing sources be used to that end? Ways to connect to pilot projects.

More than half of people in Kursk region live in small towns and villages, which is typical for all regions of Central Russia. How can both urban agglomerations and small communities be connected to the program? What are ways to fully unleash the potential of the ICT cluster and the regional producers of components in implementing the Smart City program?

12:10-14:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Search for best solutions: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SERVING ORDINARY PEOPLE. IMPROVING LIFE QUALITY IN A DIGITAL REGION

Search for best solutions: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SERVING ORDINARY PEOPLE. IMPROVING LIFE QUALITY IN A DIGITAL REGION

12:10-14:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Meeting participants are divided into two groups:

  • representatives of the public: deputies, public officials of municipalities, social activists, social workers
  • heads of technology providers, representatives of the digital community (chief executives of ICT companies, IT specialists from universities, heads of departments of regional governments responsible for the digital technology sector

The first group formulates the most pressing issues for the population that can be solved using digital technology. The second group offers approaches to solving the issues. The meeting will result in the development of a roadmap of priority measures for improving life quality of people through digital technology.

Track 1: HOUSING & UTILITIES

How does technology change the housing and utilities sector and contribute to the comfort of citizens? How should the service quality model work to serve the end user? “We have consumed this volume, we will pay precisely for this volume”: principles for building a transparent model for residents. IoT in the city: dispatching, meters, outdoor lighting, monitoring systems – what are citizens’ expectations? How is the quality of fulfilling residents’ requests monitored?

Management companies are unwilling to spend money on installation of local information systems. What body should become a financial regulator to develop a comfortable, trouble-free, economically advantageous environment for residents of a multi-family house, including the yard? Who should be responsible for the use of IT to improve safety and quality of life?

Track 2: ECOLOGY

Ways to ensure transparency of information on the region’s ecological status. What digital solutions can be used for that purpose? How can cities and settlements be kept environmentally safe? What issues of municipalities and residents can be solved with a digital environmental passport of the region?

Public online monitoring of air and water quality: who should be responsible for that?

The role of corporations in building a clean environment. Use of IT solutions to support environmental movements. The rubbish issue: how digital technologies help put things right?

What technologies are there for safe conversion of agricultural waste?

Track 3: TRANSPORT

Intelligent transport system: one of the key components of the Smart City complex. Smart traffic lights, public transport stops, information displays make the public transport system comfortable and convenient.

How do smart public transport stops improve carriage of passengers in cities?

How does planning of parking facilities in a city improve the local traffic? Ensuring mutual understanding among residents in the development of urban parking facilities. Ways to establish traffic control in a city as part of the Safe City project. How does video recording of offences affect traffic safety?

15:00-17:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Great Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
SYNERGETIC SESSION: GENERATION OF FINAL DECISIONS
10:00-11:50
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Expert session: DIGITAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION OF REGION

Expert session: DIGITAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION OF REGION

10:00-11:50
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Introduction of digital management elements provides new opportunities for accelerated development of the region. They establish full-fledged real-time interaction between the power authorities and citizens, offer new effective solutions to urgent problems, promptly detect shortcomings in public administration and save budget resources. The collection of up-to-date, complete and reliable information from enterprises and other sources makes it possible to assess the real situation in the region resulting in better decision-making.

What are the main principles underlying the “Digital Public Administration” federal project, how can it be implemented at the regional level? How can the new service government model improve the efficiency of administration for the benefit of citizens? What kind of digital public administration systems are used in the regions of Central Russia? Solving the current problems in the public administration digitalization process: high transaction costs, manual data input, poor integration of disparate systems. Configuring digital public administration systems for collecting information, recording events and forecasting social / economic processes.

12:10-14:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Brainstorming session: FORMATION OF AN ICT SECTOR IN THE ECONOMY. REGIONAL DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Brainstorming session: FORMATION OF AN ICT SECTOR IN THE ECONOMY. REGIONAL DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

12:10-14:00
Sports & Concert Complex, 2nd Floor, Small Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Digital transformation requires from regions substantial spending on the creation of platforms, facilities and communications. The existing demand for “digital production” is already estimated at billions of rubles annually in each region, with further growth prospects. This creates a large market for ICT companies. Without local operators, orders and money leak away to other regions.

The ICT sector becomes as important as the traditional industries. It creates jobs and contributes to the budget of the region. It is vital that the region should have its own ICT cluster.

Another equally important task is to successfully launch digital solutions taking into account the demand for digital platforms in the region and the existing financial and human resources. The Regional Digital Development Center can assume this responsibility. The task of the center is to identify the priority needs for digital platforms in the region, to find resources for their creation from scratch or for adjusting the existing solutions and to set the project in motion.

The brainstorming session aims at proposing measures encouraging the ICT cluster development in the region and identifying steps towards the creation of a full-fledged Regional Digital Development Center.

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, Kursk State University Main Building (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)
Expert session: DIGITAL PRODUCTION

Expert session: DIGITAL PRODUCTION

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, Kursk State University Main Building (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)

Track 1: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES

The competitiveness of manufacturing enterprises largely depends on the level of production digitalization. IT becomes a key element of the manufacturing process at increasingly more enterprises. Digitalization is developing with a focus on modeling technology cycles, creating digital twins, big data analysis, new intelligent robotics, Industrial Internet of Things. The application of these solutions boosts productivity, improves product quality and enhances environmental safety.

How do large manufacturers enter the digital age in Central Russia? What digital systems turn out to be most cost-effective? What difficulties do producers face while going digital?

Solving the personnel issue. How can a company ensure industrial safety? How should it respond to cyber threats?

Track 2: DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTION OF COMPONENTS IN THE REGION

State digitalization programs, widespread use of IT in the manufacturing industry and agriculture create a huge market for the electronic industry.

How do producers of components meet this challenge? What is done to make production of components for Smart City projects, for industrial safety systems, for precision farming an essential part of the region’s economy?

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, 8th Floor, Kursk State University New Building (Radishchev Street 29, Kursk)
Roundtable meeting: PERSONNEL TRAINING FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Roundtable meeting: PERSONNEL TRAINING FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, 8th Floor, Kursk State University New Building (Radishchev Street 29, Kursk)

Track 1: HUMAN RESOURCES FOR ICT

The minimum passing score for ICT specialties at regional higher education institutions is 20-30 points below the admission threshold at prestigious universities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Talented school graduates tend to apply to higher education institutions of these cities. As a result, the initial competence of novice students is lower at regional universities, resulting in worse quality of education and lower final competence of graduates. Ways to encourage best students to choose the home region for study and work. Treating gifted children. Ways to enhance the overall level of teaching exact sciences in schools.

While more than 100 IT and information security specialists annually graduate from higher education institutions of Kursk, there are hardly more than 300 people engaged in the regional ICT sector. Most of the graduates move to other regions, unable to find a job according to their qualification at home. Can a higher education institution operate as an ICT incubator to grow both individual specialists and small companies or project teams?

Track 2: DIGITAL SCHOOL

The Digital School project is aimed at developing students’ skills in a digital world, training them in data analysis, elements of programming, creating digital projects for their future occupations, technology and digital medicine.

How will the project change the training process? Ways to supply schools with necessary resources in small towns and communities.

What difference does it make if paper textbooks are replaced by e-books in schools? Can distance learning substitute teachers? Technical facilities and maintenance issues. Ways to ensure a sufficient number of maintenance engineers and an adequate technical background of the older generation of teachers.

Track 3: PUBLIC DIGITAL LITERACY

Demand for digital public services, Smart City services, remote financial services will be high if people have the necessary skills and equipment. This is of special importance in remote communities and small towns where computer skills are considerably lower than in large urban agglomerations and where most of the population cannot afford buying computer equipment.

Existing computer literacy enhancement programs. Using the capabilities of volunteer organizations. Ways to get major companies interested in giving working equipment to the poor for charitable purposes. Can the “Good Deed” initiative existing in Moscow take off in other regions?

10:00-11:50
Kursk State University Main Building, Assembly Hall (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)
Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OF THE REGION. DIGITALIZATION AS THE KEY INSTRUMENT OF TRANSITION TO “ECO-FRIENDLY” AGRICULTURE

Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OF THE REGION. DIGITALIZATION AS THE KEY INSTRUMENT OF TRANSITION TO “ECO-FRIENDLY” AGRICULTURE

10:00-11:50
Kursk State University Main Building, Assembly Hall (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)

The future of the agro-industrial economic sector in Central Russia largely depends on the fertility of unique soils, the Black Earth Belt. Unfortunately, their fertility declines every year. From 9-12% 40 years ago, humus content in the Russian Black Earth Belt has dropped to 5-6%, even to 3% in some areas. Black earth, a national treasure of Russia, faces the risk of complete degradation.

Digital technologies in agriculture make it possible to increase production efficiency and to minimize the negative impact on the soil and the environment as a whole. They become a key factor in both growing and processing eco-friendly products. With total quality control, they ensure supplies of environmentally sound products to the population.

Review of best projects for the use of digital technologies in agriculture and the food processing industry.

Digital technologies boost production efficiency, contribute to environmental friendliness of products. However, these technologies are rather costly. Their implementation requires heavy investments from enterprises. Ways to make such digital projects cheaper: cooperation, lease, subsidies?

Digitalization of agriculture entails the use of sophisticated systems. Their maintenance requires employees with special skills. Where can such people be found in the countryside? Where and how can such employees undergo special training?

The life of digital technologies in agriculture is short as they are rapidly changing and upgrading. Developers often tie consumer to their brands and goods forcing them to constantly upgrade the equipment and update the software. Ways to avoid digital slavery and reduce fixed costs.

Digital solutions ensure transparency at all stages of production. Ways to improve state, tax and environmental control without prejudicing producers’ business interests.

Track 1: PRECISION FARMING

Track 2: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IN ANIMAL BREEDING

12:10-14:00
Kursk State University Main Building, Assembly Hall (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)
Meetup: DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL AND MEDIUM AGRO-INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES USING ICT SOLUTIONS

Meetup: DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL AND MEDIUM AGRO-INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES USING ICT SOLUTIONS

12:10-14:00
Kursk State University Main Building, Assembly Hall (Radishchev Street 33, Kursk)

The meet-up format can be described as a meeting of passionate people wishing to informally discuss and solve common issues.

The meeting will focus on the use of existing capabilities or, possibly, building a new digital platform in the agro-industrial sector. The mission of such a platform is to offer small and medium-sized businesses fair market conditions. It is no secret that amid the ongoing expansion of large agro-industrial businesses accompanied by monopolization, small producers cannot sustain the tough competition and go bankrupt.

The lack of jobs and inability to realize their entrepreneurial potential drives people to other regions.

Digital platforms can help farmers find niche markets, ensure efficient sales, protect small producers from hostile actions of large corporations. Such systems have proven effective in many countries. Their application will increase the number of agricultural workers and specialists, improve the well-being of rural people and give a chance to revive small communities.

The discussion should yield a set of recommendations for implementing the platform aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in the agro-industrial sector.

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, 8th Floor, Kursk State University New Building (Radishchev Street 29, Kursk)
Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

10:00-14:00
Great Conference Hall, 8th Floor, Kursk State University New Building (Radishchev Street 29, Kursk)

Track 1: DIGITAL SOLUTIONS IN HEALTHCARE

Key parameters of the Digital Healthcare federal project. What changes will its implementation bring to the healthcare industry?

What healthcare information systems are in demand at healthcare institutions? Their strong and weak points.

The digital economy program assumes that all medical institutions in Russia should be integrated into a single medical digital loop. One of the integration problems is seamless connection of different software solution within a single platform. What steps are being taken in that direction?

Another problem is that lawmaking legs behind digitalization. What innovations can be expected in the legislative activity?

The broad-scale digitalization of healthcare and concentration of information open unique opportunities for analyzing the health of the whole nation and individual citizens, provide extensive statistical data for estimating the adequacy and efficacy of treatment practices, the direction of preventive measures. Is the Single State Health Information System that is currently under development up to this challenge?

Digital technologies are changing the system of relations in diagnostic medicine. Laboratory diagnostic studies are playing an increasingly higher role in the “laboratory-doctor-patient” triangle. The role of the patient is also growing resulting from active self-testing based on laboratory test results and a huge bulk of information on the Internet.

The role of the doctor in diagnostics is gradually shrinking to being a link between the patient and the computer program. What changes will more advanced use of digital technologies bring to the occupational landscape in medicine?

Track 2: LEAN OUTPATIENT CLINIC

The Lean Outpatient Clinic initiative is intended to save resources and time in day-to-day activities of medical institutions. This goal is achieved with digital optimization of the reception and distribution of visitors, the work of doctors and laboratories. The Lean Outpatient Clinic approach should improve the performance of medical institutions and optimize access to medical care for patients. Addressing the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to adopt performance standards for lean clinics and to approve the rules for their certification, taking into account the best regional practices. The project is being actively implemented at medical institutions, the early experience is already available for assessing the benefits and drawbacks of “lean production” in healthcare.

How is the work organized in the pilot projects on optimizing the reception of patients? What difficulties do the trailblazers face?

Ways to increase accessibility of medical care given persistent shortage of doctors, nurses and receptionists at outpatient clinics.

The mission of outpatient clinics is to provide high-quality medical services. What are ways to prevent the substitution of computer technologies for the experience and knowledge of doctors? How can skilled specialists be assisted in mastering digital services? Ensuring a smooth transition to the new standards for the medical staff at outpatient clinics.

Ways to teach people, especially the elderly, to use electronic services in a lean outpatient clinic.

10:00-14:00
Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Conference Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

Roundtable meeting: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

10:00-14:00
Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Conference Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Organizer: Kursk department of the Main Office of the Central Bank of Russia in the Central Federal District

Track 1: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AS A BASIC PREREQUISITE FOR THE FINANCIAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT

The retail segment of the financial market has undergone significant transformations in recent years. The adoption of digital technologies has improved the accessibility and convenience of financial services. What changes have the customer services of banks seen? What digital services have become habitual, what are the further development trends for electronic banking? How is the rapid payment system being implemented? What problems do banks and their customers face? Innovative invoice payment system based on QR codes as viewed by the population and businesses. How will competition in the financial market change after the Bank of Russia launches its marketplace?

Track 2: FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION MECHANISMS IN A DIGITAL AGE

The arrival of innovative financial technologies, products and services has a positive impact on financial accessibility and helps reduce financial market participants’ costs. The cornerstone in implementing innovative financial technologies is the assessment of their efficiency and risks followed by the development of appropriate regulatory mechanisms. What are ways to reduce the time and cost of bringing innovative financial technologies to market, to expand their range for consumers? How can the regulator build effective interaction with innovative companies in order to develop new regulatory mechanisms? Regulatory sites can be one of the solutions to these issues serving as sandboxes to explore innovative technologies through pilot implementation.

Track 3: CYBERSECURITY OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMERS OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

The development of IT in finance entails numerous threats. The value of information security increases every year as experts note the explosive growth of cybercrimes, with money stolen from both credit institutions and their customers. The number of cyber attacks targeting confidential banking information and personal data is also growing. How do financial institutions combat against cybercrime? What advanced information security methods do banks and companies choose? What role does the Bank of Russia play here? Public cyber-hygiene: who should explain to people the rules of financial behavior on the Internet?

Track 4: FINANCIAL EDUCATION AS THE KEY TO SHAPING RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR OF CONSUMERS IN THE FINANCIAL MARKET

The financial literacy of consumers is often not in line with the new realities. The ease of access to financial products owing to digital technologies leads inexperienced consumers users to errors. Financial literacy improvement is now one of the key priorities for Russia. Ways to ensure responsible behavior of the population in the financial market. What has been achieved so far, how can public awareness activities be made more effective? What new mechanisms for the protection of consumers of financial services should be developed?

15:00-17:00
Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Conference Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)
Open discussion: MASS COMMUNICATIONS IN A DIGITAL REGION. NEW MEDIA CONFIGURATION ON THE INTERNET

Open discussion: MASS COMMUNICATIONS IN A DIGITAL REGION. NEW MEDIA CONFIGURATION ON THE INTERNET

15:00-17:00
Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex, 1st Floor, Conference Hall (Engels St. 140b, Kursk)

Digital technologies are shaping a new communication landscape. The classical concept of media is gradually fading away from the media space, superseded by network providers of information and communication services. Increasingly more often, the Internet is preferred over newspapers, magazines and television as a source of information, with coverage of events by bloggers, people’s news writers and various experts instead of professional journalists.

On the one hand, network interaction makes it possible for residents of the region to highlight the most important facts and events not covered by the official media, on the other hand, it shapes a favorable environment for unpunished stove-piping, launching information bots and destabilizing the society.

Track 1: REGIONAL MEDIA IN THE CYBERSPACE

What is the regional media’s position in the cyberspace? How can this space be protected from unverified information? Should the authorities intervene in digital communities? What are ways to protect the information environment from Internet fakes and stove-piping in social networks?

Channeling energy of networks into the joint solution of the region’s problems. How can high-quality journalism be preserved in the era of social media? What should be the source of income for media: PR, advertising, content?

What about the future of traditional media in the regions? This ever-topical problem has been substantially aggravated by the end of analog television in 2019.

Track 2: DIGITAL TELEVISION

What lies in store for regional TV channels in this connection, and do they have a future at all? How should regional TV companies develop after the analog broadcasting is stopped? How should high-quality professional journalism be preserved on other platforms under current conditions? What should be the source of income for media: PR, advertising, content? What are ways to expand the audience in the digital age?

The panel discussion can and should provide opportunities for finding specific solutions to the most pressing issues of the media sector.

10:00-14:00
Southwest State University, Conference Hall (50 Let Oktyabrya St. 94, Kursk)
Competition for young programmers: DIGITAL VOLUNTEERING

Competition for young programmers: DIGITAL VOLUNTEERING

10:00-14:00
Southwest State University, Conference Hall (50 Let Oktyabrya St. 94, Kursk)

Young programmers, both students and employed ICT specialists, are welcome to take part in the competition. The competition starts two months before the Forum.

Participants are expected to create a software solution or a digital object implementing one of the proposed charitable digital projects. All the tasks are definitely aimed at social issues. Solutions to these issues are vital for children’s medical institutions, orphanages, nursing homes, hospices, small museums, rural cultural institutions that are currently unable to create or finance the creation of the digital assets they need. Each task has a specific customer and is inspired by a good idea. Therefore, the competition participants will have a noble mission of helping people.

The aim of the competition is to identify regional leaders in the ICT sector.

At the same time, the competition should contribute to the youth’s taste and desire for charity and volunteering. The best projects will be gratefully implemented and help many people.

Experts will choose the best solutions in several nominations.

The experts will include representatives of organizations for which the submitted digital projects are intended, IT specialists, and public figures.

The competition will include two stages. At the first stage, all the works will be evaluated by experts in absentia. The 15 best works will proceed to the final qualifying in-person meeting at the Forum.

10:00-17:00
Youth Palace (Kursk)
Strategic session: DIGITAL TOURISM

Strategic session: DIGITAL TOURISM

10:00-17:00
Youth Palace (Kursk)

Kursk region has 930 cultural heritage sites, with high potential for the development of cultural and mass (recreational) tourism. The tourism industry can contribute substantially to the regional economy and provide new jobs for people. Digital technologies provide new opportunities for the tourism industry, eliminating many intermediary functions and expanding the market of tourism services and new products.

The region has unique opportunities for the development of a medical and spa cluster. Kursk has one of the best higher medical education institutions in Russia, a source of highly qualified doctors for the region. The local medical institutions can provide services to patients from Moscow and other regions.

Central Russia is an area with rich cultural and historical heritage: monuments, natural zones, historical and cultural assets.

How can regional attractions be integrated into digital tourism platforms? What tourism products can be used in pilot projects for implementation in a new digital ecosystem? What information services and products for tourists need to be developed in the region? Leveraging digital technologies to make local tours in Kursk region affordable for tourists and cost-effective for operators. What is the starting point of forming the cultural tourism and medical tourism clusters?

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Information Partners
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CONTACTS

GOVERNMENT OF KURSK REGION
Economy and Development Committee of Kursk region
(4712) 70-25-07, (4712) 70-27-28
infr.econom@rkursk.ru

AK&M INFORMATION AGENCY
(499) 132-61-30, (499) 132-61-50
conf@akm.ru
www.akm.ru