500 experts to make suggestions on improving Moscow’s digital environment

500 experts to make suggestions on improving Moscow’s digital environment
The participants will, for instance, develop a smart system for searching, classifying and verifying data on Moscow manufacturers and their products.

Between 7 and 10 December, Moscow will host the largest hackathon in Russia called Urban.Tech Challenge. Within the 70 hours of the competition, over 500 experts will work out innovative products for improving Moscow’s digital environment – software solutions, mobile apps and websites – using state-of-the-art information technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data and neural networks, said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

“We are interested in the latest digital solutions to specific urban challenges, which is why we came up with several assignments for this competition,” Sergunina said. “One of them is to develop a smart system for searching, classifying and verifying data on Moscow manufacturers and their products. If the participants develop a truly effective algorithm, it might be used to promote Moscow companies on foreign markets in the future.”

A total of 1,700 people applied to participate in the event. During the review process, 500 participants were selected. Now the participants are to present their ideas on analysing big data, optimising retail trade, making real estate management more efficient, and so forth.

Their ideas will be considered by experts from the business and public sector, including representatives of various Moscow departments acting as partners of the event.

The hackathon was organised by a coworking space network, Deworkacy. The assignments were developed by the hackathon’s thematic area partners – Moscow’s Department for Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, Department of Trade and Services, Department of City Property and Department of Information Technology, plus Moscow’s Main Oversight Directorate and various large companies.