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The first competition of this series will be held in Nizhny Novgorod this summer.

In order to promote artificial intelligence and involve IT developers in the development of artificial intelligence in Russia, within the framework of the federal project “Artificial Intelligence”, events are envisaged for holding competitions in artificial intelligence, including those based on state data sets.

“Until 2024, hackathons will be held in many constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and the federal project“ Artificial Intelligence ”of the national program“ Digital Economy ”envisages holding regional and international competitions. More than 100 events in total. Funding for their implementation will amount to about 850 million rubles; extra-budgetary sources will also be attracted. It is expected that the total number of participants in the competition will be more than 20 thousand people, ”said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Artificial Intelligence Hackathon is a competition in which software specialists jointly solve a business problem or social problem posed by the organizers using artificial intelligence technologies in a limited time, including using government data sets. Based on the results of the competition, teams are selected and awarded that were able to develop the most high-quality solution.

“The President noted in his message that our task is to put technologies such as artificial intelligence at the service of the citizens of our country,” stressed Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The operator of the hackathons was determined by the ANO “Russia – the country of opportunities”, the main purpose of the events is to increase the interest of young people in artificial intelligence technologies, develop the human resources in this area and identify talented AI developers. The role of the regions is to support publicity lectures and regional hackathons, as well as to involve local communities in participation.

Dmitry Chernyshenko discussed the issue of holding the first hackathon in Nizhny Novgorod with Governor Gleb Nikitin during his visit to the Nizhny Novgorod Region. “We decided to hold the first hackathon in Nizhny Novgorod as part of the VI annual federal forum on the digital economy CIPR-2021,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

“This is very symbolic, because it was in Nizhny Novgorod that the first faculty of computational mathematics and cybernetics in the USSR was opened – on the basis of the Gorky State University named after NI Lobachevsky in 1963, during which the world famous scientist in the field of technical cybernetics, academician Yuri Neimark, together with a group of mathematicians, was developing new methods of pattern recognition and applied them to important practical problems, including medical diagnostics and image analysis. That is, in fact, they created the first domestic artificial intelligence. The first artificial intelligence hackathon in Nizhny Novgorod is a tribute to their work and an important statement of readiness to develop this direction in the region, “Gleb Nikitin commented.

Today, the Nizhny Novgorod Region is one of the largest digital and scientific centers in Russia – there are over 1,000 IT companies in the region, employing about 29,000 specialists, and the share of science, IT and manufacturing in the GRP is 38% – this is the first place in terms of Volga Federal District and top 10 in Russia. Among all those employed in the industry, more than 1,000 people are engaged in research and development in the field of artificial intelligence. The world’s largest IT companies – Intel, Harman, Huawei, EPAM – have located their research and development centers in Nizhny Novgorod.

In August 2020, on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, at a meeting of the Presidium of the Government Commission on Digital Development and the Use of Information Technologies, the passport of the federal project “Artificial Intelligence”, which is part of the national project “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation”, was approved. Financing of this area in Russia in 2021-2024 will amount to more than 30 billion rubles from the federal budget and extra-budgetary sources.

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