The Center of Information Technologies has opened in the technopark of Novosibirsk’s Academgorodok (Academpark), innovation and venture news source UNOVA reports.
The center, which is to become a nucleus of the IT-cluster and important element of infrastructure of the technopark, includes the data processing center, business-incubator, exhibition center and offices of innovation companies.
A total of $32.3m was invested into construction of the IT Center.
The IT-cluster’s priority directions include: cloud calculations, financial sector software, development of multimedia search systems and mobile applications, as well as solutions in the field of safety, medicine and education.
The presentation of the Center of Information Technologies was attended by Igor Schegolev, the Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. He saw project presentations by the authors of innovation products that will soon become residents of the business-incubator. For example, the company NetGen tech presented its software for automatic projecting of electricity grid, the company AISoftPro has demonstrated software for automating laser scanning data processing procedure. During a tour around the center Mr. Schegolev played a computer game by the stand of the company Alawar, as well as tested the system of virtual reality and 3D-images of the company SoftLab-NSK.
“The technopark of Novosibirsk Academgorodok can be considered the locomotive of our technopark movement – it has everything a good technopark needs to have and more. The most important thing we see today is that the technopark now has people that it was initiated for,” the Minister said.
Authorities in Novosibirsk region intend to spend about $330m on forming the science and technological complex with the nucleus in Academgorodok, while total investment is expected to reach $1bn, Vladimir Nikonov, the Minister of Educations, Science and Innovation Politics, said in the end of 2011.
At least 20 R&D centers are expected to be launched in the Soviet municipal district, with the Academgorodok in the center, by 2017. Currently there are four R&D centers.