The RTF team participated in the Open Innovations forum, which took place in Moscow from October 28 to November 1. Chairman of the RTF Board of Directors Dominique Fache served as the main speaker at several key round tables.
The forum included a variety of plenary sessions, open lectures, and round table discussions featuring the leaders of innovative industries. Over 15,000 representatives from 70 countries attended. Leading companies in the robotics, biomedical, new material manufacturing, IT, new media, games, and education industries presented their ideas and recent advancements.
On October 28, participants of the “Energy Revolution Timetable: What’s on the Agenda?” round table discussed the prospects of traditional and alternative forms of energy, as well as possible changes to the development of electro-energy. Dominique Fache noted that we live in times of great uncertainty, and more is expected to change. In his opinion, the process of decentralizing electro-energy supply points has already begun. He also believes these changes will affect tariffs and technologies and, in the process, we will find solutions to key issues around alternative energy: it will lead to the appearance of a new generation of capacitors and storage drives, as well as lower-cost solar panels and wind turbines. All of this could rapidly increase the generation of electro-energy from renewable sources. Furthermore, the advent of storage drives will also spur a breakthrough in electric transport.
Dominique Fache emphasized that humanity doesn’t fully understand where it’s going. Energy literally means power – and the current chaotic development of the global energy industry, which lacks the coordination of a specific plan for cooperation between European market participants and Russia, is alarming. The geopolitical situation doesn’t help stability. In addition to the threat of ISIS terrorists, experts forecast a major conflict sur-rounding gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. It is regrettable that the European community and Russia have yet to sign a strategic Energy Agreement analogous to Helsinki-2, which could anticipate many conflicts in the industry, such as in Ukraine.
In Dominique’s opinion, the International Thermonuclear Reactor (ITER) project, in which Russia’s role is significant, is an example of how countries can work together in the energy industry. Despite sanctions, the project contin-ues. Russia’s participation in ITER helps it gain new technologies and means of production as well as new person-nel and engineering skills on par with the best world practices.
The “Innovative Habitat. How to create an environment for creative business?” round table discussion, held on October 29, was interesting as well. It brought together participants who represented dreams come true: those who were present for the birth of technology parks in countries such as France, Great Britain, Denmark, and Germany.
Participants talked about how more and more countries, regions, and cities of the world are competing to be most attractive for innovative entrepreneurs, companies, and industries. But what makes a place attractive? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for creating an innovative environment? It is to these main questions that participants sought a general answer.
Dominique Fache, as the founder of Sophia Antipolis, one of Europe’s leading technology parks, shared his experi-ence and vision as an answer to the above questions. He noted that an innovator always needs freedom for creativity, and that significant achievements in new technologies are accomplished in places without strict gov-ernment intervention in the industry. At the same time, government help is necessary to establish and stably develop technology parks. Preferential tax policies as well as support for universities and innovative companies in technology parks depend on government support. In short, it is imperative to walk a fine line when it comes to collaboration with the government: it should be more of an assistant. Regarding the environment or general atmosphere – culture can play a significant role here. For example, Sophia Antipolis was associated with names such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Pablo Picasso during their time.
Overall, round table participants talked about how we are living in a time when everything happens in a very short time span, business has become more mobile, and that it is necessary to have sharp instincts to see and succeed in working with these trends. Innovative thinking and rigid frameworks are incompatible. Deregulation and financing are the means necessary to create an innovative environment.
Publication date: 01.11.2015