Russia’s Startup Village kicks off this week in Skolkovo
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Photo credit: Skolkovo / YouTube

Photo credit: Skolkovo / YouTube

Organizers expect this to be the year’s largest conference for startups in Eastern Europe – and we’ll be there too

This Thursday, the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo will open its doors for a two-day event, bringing together startups and thought leaders from around the world.

The event will be held at the Skolkovo Innovation Center, running between June 2-3. Started by the Skolkovo Foundation that was tasked with helping to develop the area into a tech center back in 2010, this is the fourth time that the city is hosting the event to encourage and show off local innovation.

Organizers expect this to be the year’s largest conference for startups in Eastern Europe, hosting more than 2,000 startups and 700 investors from 20 countries across the globe.

Some of the names headlining the conference include Knut Saeur, the VP of Hyperloop Tech, Rösler Philipp who serves as the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher, co-founder of satellite imaging firm Planet Labs Mike Safyan, and Azad Gulzar from Google India.

Alec Saunders of Microsoft Ventures and Eugene Kaspersky will also be on hand to give talks.

Of the different themes planned alongside the many hard technology fields that Skolkovo has been associated with in the past like energy, space, nuclear, IT and biotech, a number of new forward looking categories have been announced that add some new color to the event. These will include Womennnovation with its focus on women in tech, transportation of the future, and gadgets.

There will also be a pavilion open with exhibitions on virtual and augmented reality, as well as drone racing with the Open International Championship Formula Drone which should add to the excitement, if not potential injuries.

Last but not least is the Startup Village Competition for startups hailing from Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States countries, with prizes of up to $50,000 for the winner on the line.

Covering the event will be Geektime’s Gabriel Avner. Follow him on Twitter at @gabrielavner for the latest announcements from the speakers and updates on some of the innovations that come across his path.

Featured image credit: Skolkovo / YouTube

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