Final stage of INNOVATION AWARDS, the second Russian-Chinese Industrial Innovation Competition
On August 26, the Technopolis Moscow Congress Center hosted the opening ceremony of the second Russian-Chinese industrial innovation competition organized with the financial and technical support of Botlikh Radio Plant, OOO. The presented projects were divided into 5 application areas: digital technology, communications and navigation, biotechnology, industry 4.0, and microelectronics.
The event’s agenda featured 27 presentations of innovative projects out of which 14 were delivered by the Chinese competitors and 13 were delivered by their Russian counterparts. Participants were allotted 5 minutes to present their respective projects and 4 minutes to complete a question and answer session with the competition committee. One fact worth highlighting is that the questions coming from the competition committee were spot-on relevant and sometimes put participants in a quandary. The competitors’ performance was evaluated across a number of categories such as market research and competitive analysis, target audience, completeness of market research and analysis, financing model, innovativeness, compliance with market needs, scalability and production readiness level, technological barriers, subject-matter expertise of key team members, team performance and motivation.
The Chinese competitors presented projects featuring a high degree of readiness for mass production. The authors of these projects had completed the R&D stage, obtained relevant title protection documents, certificates, and patents, and, in most cases, also had pilot production set up. China’s innovation market is known for maintaining a high level of integration with universities, industrial parks, and venture capitalists investing in the creation of new products, which somewhat explains why all the presented projects were well elaborated in terms of their business model, technology base, and team build.
Russian participants presented projects of varying degrees of readiness. Some of them were still at the research stage, while others included a number of highly eligible projects that were well along in their prototype-testing stages. While acknowledging the strong innovative edge demonstrated by the Russian competitors in their projects, we do believe we should also point out their common weakness, that is, the lack of a business model for how they plan to market their respective products. This can be explained by the fact that such projects are generally underfinanced, so the developers cannot afford to run a high-quality marketing analysis, to identify their target audience, and to find out how much of their product they can sell to that audience. The main question voiced by the members of the competition committee was about certifications and tests to be completed in respect of each product offering to prove its viability. Now, let us take a look at the most interesting competitor projects:
1. Developing a Hardware and Software Solution Named “VideoOculograph” for Computerized Video Diagnostics and Non-invasive Correction of Visual Impairments. Russia. Project description: VideoOculograph is the first comprehensive solution based on computer vision and machine learning that is designed to deliver high-accuracy digital diagnosis for a number of diseases by analyzing eye micromovements and pupil reactions as well as to provide a safe, effective, non-invasive method for correcting visual impairments while monitoring the effects of treatment in a streamlined fashion using an online tool.
2. An Innovative Technique for Visualizing Perovskite Quantum Dots. Team Zhejiang Technology Company. China. Project description: Membrane optics products made of perovskite quantum dots using a crystallization process are among the world’s leading innovative products. Currently, specimens of the product are being offered to Chinese and overseas industry giants, including TLC, to be tested for adaptability. According to preliminary estimates, the production capacity to be achieved after a successful completion of the customer certification phase is about 100,000 square meters per month.
3. A Portable Device for Continuous Monitoring of Indoor Environments. Team ClimateGuard. Russia. Project description: ClimateGuard is a microclimate monitoring solution for indoor spaces using a proprietary climate probe. With 10+ parameters to be monitored, this is a great way to create an optimal working or living environment.
4. Optical Crosstalk-free Microcircuit and Micro-LED Display. Team Xiamen University. China. Project description: The inventors integrated 3rd-generation semiconductor industry innovations with some of the latest tech available on the display and integrated circuit markets to create a unique technology that would resolve the light crosstalk issue that affects the performance of micro-LED display panels. As a result of this project, three patent applications for inventions were filed in China, two of which were eventually granted. It is expected that, after this project has been delivered, it will generate an operating income which, by 2023, may well exceed 100 million yuan.
5. Developing an Analyzer for Dynamic Gas Environments. Team Gas Analytics. Russia. Project description: The project pertains to the field of gas analysis and medical diagnostics. It is about a method and a device for monitoring the characteristics of dynamic gas environments. Our goal is to develop and market an affordable and effective flow-through gas analyzer for medical and sports applications.
6. Alight_AR. Team BUAA. China. Project description: Light Alight is a smart IoT device which is positioned as the next generation in AR-aided desktop computing. This device, developed with artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and projection-based sensory human-computer interaction technologies, can provide users with training aids and life guidance. Alight Deep Light consists of three parts: a sensor unit, a projection unit, and a computation center. The sensing unit is responsible for capturing image and speech inputs, the computation center maintains the system’s functioning and processes data, and the projection unit is in charge of the outputs.
7. Pumpjet Diver Propulsion Device. Team Harbin Engineering University. China. Project description: The Pumpjet Diver Propulsion System is a high-quality underwater propulsion device developed in China for military and day-to-day applications. Recreational diving type: low capacity, high speed, high load, high efficiency. Underwater rescue type: good for transporting people and equipment. Main underlying tech: advanced motor and propeller designs – a rotor-type dual-propeller system complete with a jet pump. Abandoning the usual outside positioning of the propeller; introducing a new bionic design featuring the PRINT FISH technology + ergonomic shape; the axial loading pattern, safety precautions, and vibration-free design increase the system’s performance.
8. MiniGeoScan. Team GeoVision. Russia. Project description: The device called MiniGeoScan provides important real-time information about the number and location of objects hidden behind optically opaque obstacles. The imagery displayed on the screen in real time in both two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) renderings makes it possible to evaluate the thickness (of the walls, upper layer, roadbed) as well as determine the shape and material of such hidden objects.
The team of Botlikh Radio Plant congratulates the finalists of the competition and wishes them many new innovative projects ahead.