Concept of the VII International IT Forum

with the participation of BRICS and SCO member states

1.     General

Sponsored by:

Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO;

Hosted by:

the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug– Ugra.

Co-hosted by:
The Administration of the Tomsk Oblast

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra

With the support of:

The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation;

The Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation;

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation;

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation;

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

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The Khanty-Mansiysk International IT Forum has gained a reputation as a platform for discussing specific action-oriented projects and aligning goal-setting process to further integration of digital environment in the participating countries.

It is important to maintain the status of the event as an international discussion forum where the most relevant ICT trends are presented and reviewed, alongside with the discussion of practical implementation issues and search for the most efficient tools for new IT trends promotion. At the same time the discussions must stay focused as much as possible on regional projects implementation both in the RF subjects and the administrative regions of BRICS and SCO member states.    

2.     Goals of the Forum

Considering the current economic situation, changes in legal regulation, and the requirements of conceptual documents on information society fostering in various countries we have set the following goals for the Forum:

·     assessment of the current state, development potential and technological trends of IT industry in administration of state affairs, municipal management, healthcare, education, culture, and tourism;

·     discussion of the relevant issues of development, production and implementation of domestic custom software, telecommunication equipment and outlining possible ways of addressing them;

·     discussion of available forms of cooperation between Russia and other BRICS and SCO member states for consolidation of IT development efforts;

·     building an image of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra as an innovative region developing and implementing modern solutions in addressing informatization issues.

Modern technological trends contribute to the development and modification of state administration process. Both means and methods of administrative regulation are subject to change. In fact any industry: medicine, education, transport, or law enforcement system are facing the need to modify the existing forms of communication with the population and legal entities. There is a need to transform the existing tools into modern services which would be convenient, safe, proactive and user friendly.

Any transformation today is assessed by the quality of new IT services and their capability to improve, simplify the process and add comfort and quality to everyday life of the people.

3.     Objectives of the Forum

The aforementioned goals will be reached by means of achieving the following objectives:

·          providing a platform for discussing the most relevant issues of IT development and implementation in various spheres of life;


·          inviting BRICS and SCO partners for discussion and exchange of best practices between the Russian and foreign specialists;

·          setting a foundation for signing agreements between the Russian and foreign companies (organizations) on cooperation in IT development sphere;

·          demonstrating the technological potential of the Russian IT products developers to the Russian and foreign specialists;

·          demonstrating the significant progress made by the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra in various spheres including the children's additional education model.

4.     Priority topics of the Forum

4.1.         Information society development Electronic government Import substitution

The future of IT systems for government bodies is getting increasingly dependent on customer requirements driven by the already standard high quality of online services provided by commercial sector (banks, commercial online services, etc.) They expect at least similar quality from public services providers. Therefore most of the e-government development programs in the world emphasize as the advantages of new public online services their simplicity, user friendliness, quality, speed and other features characteristic of the modern commercial sector.

However because of the difficult economic situation the government bodies have to carefully consider informatization projects' costs and IT infrastructure optimization options. In India this is done by means of creating a network of national data-centers, in China - the national cloud platform, and in Russia - the "government cloud" on the basis of which it is planned to provide IT and telecom services. A number of the Russian regions have already tested the PPP concept for creating
IT-systems which does not involve any public expenses, the companies are increasingly refusing to purchase equipment in favor of the less costly leasing arrangements.

Political tension alongside with the law on the Russian software register impose new requirement on public authorities IT infrastructure - i.e. use of domestic IT products where possible. Similar requirements exist also in China and Brazil where they form one of important factors stimulating local supply. Russian developers are already prepared to offer a wide range of domestic products to government customers. But what about those market niches where there is no alternative to overseas solutions? At the same time IT solutions developed in Russia have already attracted interest in a number of countries wishing to demonopolize their local markets.

Regional and municipal informatization development is a unique subject requiring special attention. Smart City and Safe City concepts have for some time already been high on the agenda of the leading megapolices of the world and are gradually finding their way to smaller urban communities.   Information technologies and the data collected with their help significantly raise efficiency of municipal services - police, housing and utility sector, transportation companies.

Use of modern IT products in healthcare is another subject requiring close attention and discussion. Telemedicine is not yet used widely in Russia, however it has a potential for significantly improving the quality and promptness of treatment in remote regions.

The Ugra IT Forum is one of the main platforms for discussing electronic healthcare issues. To a great extent this is a product of the quite representative mix of participants including the federal and the regional healthcare management bodies, independent experts, practicing doctors, as well as international industry specialists.

Strategic session focusing on technological trends in modern medicine will discuss among other issues the progress of the regional "roadmaps" implementation as well as a number of important legislative initiatives to be enacted in Russia. A traditional presence of international experts and specialists will offer an opportunity to have a look at the transformations in domestic medicine against the background of international experience and help in developing practical recommendations for promotion of hi-tech solutions in the industry.

There is a rapid growth of innovation infrastructure in Russia and one of its key elements - the technoparks. However, are the benefits available to technoparks' residents really efficient? Do they achieve their goals or stimulate the development of new IT products and services? Are the funds already invested in technoparks development sufficient? What is the role and market place of children's technoparks? One of the Forum's strategic sessions will focus on discussion of these issues.

The key industry of the Russian economy - fuel & energy sector - in the same way as most other industries can not ignore the latest technological trends or the changing market conditions.   The Forum will discuss issues of import substitution in oil & gas sector and the current status of GIS FEC implementation project.

One of the basic issues to be addressed in the process of informatization of public organizations and companies with large paper documents archives is the digitization problem. Electronic documents archives are being created in registry offices, courts, banks, passport offices, and police. What are the electronic archives development trends? What are the changes in the legislature and legal regulation in this area? The Forum will offer an opportunity to discuss the relevant e-archives creation issues and exchange practical experience during the dedicated events focusing on the subject.

Electronic services are becoming more and more popular in cultural, education and tourism spheres. Many museums, concert halls, and libraries have made a significant progress in the development of their Internet resources. One of the new challenges for them are mobile technologies. In education the process of building federal IT students registration system is gaining speed in addition to the already existing e-textbooks and education services. One of recent milestone events in library services development was the start of the national e-library project. These topics among others will also be discussed at the Forum's panels.

4.2.         UNESCO Sponsored International Conference

During the VII International IT Forum there were a number of events focusing on language retention and languages development in cyberspace within the framework of UNESCO experts meetings. For the purposes of maintaining cooperation within international expert community, strengthening multilateral relations and developing practical solutions it is proposed to host an international UNESCO sponsored conference "Media and information literacy and open government culture fostering" in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra in 2016 as part of the VIII International IT Forum. We expect that the conference will be attended by international experts from 40 countries.

The conference agenda will cover among others a very important subject of media and information literacy of the population, particularly of the younger generation. In today's world the ability of the state to train competent ICT personnel is becoming a strategic task the quality of addressing which determines more than just the general level of culture. In addition to facilitating solution of internal policy problems media literacy of the population, its conformance to global standards significantly simplifies and strengthens interstate relations. Hence the growing role of interstate institutions including discussion and legislative recognition of various initiatives on improvement of information safety and rules of behavior under the conditions of forced information confrontation. Open government issues will also form part of the agenda.

Potential list of the international conference participants on the part of the Russian Federation could include the representatives of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the RF, the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the RF, the Ministry of Education and Science of the RF, and the leading national universities - MSU, SPSU and others.

4.3.         Events of the “Year of childhood” in Ugra

Another important part of the Forum will be a set of Ugra "Year of Childhood" events. Traditionally children oriented events are organized within the exhibition context. The range of these events is quite wide including various interactive educational master classes, games and contests, as well as the traditional robotics exhibition with displays and exhibition stands demonstrating the regions adherence to fostering and support of the younger generation's interest in technologies of the future.

One of the memorable events will be an open contest "Hello, robot" (a technical skills contest between the robots made by Ugra high school students) in a robo-quantum of the children's and high school students' technopark. The contest will be open for participants from other regions of Russia as well as foreign children's teams from BRICS and SCO countries. Another international contest will be a BRICS and SCO children's teams chess tournament.

Several of the main Forum's focus areas will cover topics related to children's involvement in innovative environment. The children's technopark "Quantorium" offering unique educational techniques will welcome visitors at its "Open House" day. There will be shows inspired by the Russian, Khanty and Mansi folk tales, children's art works, and multimedia museum expositions.

A separate round table discussion will focus on IT competences in children's additional education curricula, where both Russian and foreign participants will have a chance to learn about new teaching technique - an engineering culture school implemented on the basis of dedicated technological platforms of the Okrug.

4.4.         Topical coverage of the Forum's events

During the VIII International IT Forum with the participation of BRICS and SCO members each of the above topics will be discussed by dedicated panels and round-table discussion groups.

Strategic session "Electronic Government: new requirements and objectives"

·        What are the global e-government development trends (personalization, pro-activeness, omni-channel communication)?

·        What is the potential for expanding the range of e-government infrastructure application spheres ("open platform", ES, IEIS for control and supervision functions)?

·        What is the curve of KPI changes as a result of transition from electronic to digital government?

·        What are the available options for optimizing IT infrastructure and saving IT budget (government cloud, PPP)?

Strategic session "Import substitution and export potential of Russian IT solutions"

·        Experience of industrial companies and commercial organizations communication with the government structures in addressing import substitution issues.

·        What is the first experience of the 'Law on Russian software register' application?

·        Are Russian, BRICS and SCO suppliers ready to ensure complete independence of IT infrastructure from the West?

·        Potential opportunities and challenges for Russian IT solutions export.

·        What problems are faced by customers in the process of migration to a new IT-solution?

·        Public Domain Software and addressing import substitution issues.

Strategic session "Modern region: smart and safe"

·        How can open databases support regional development (transport infrastructure, housing and utility sector, etc.)

·        What is the PPP potential in regional informatization sphere?

·        What is the progress of video monitoring technologies development?

·        What is the potential for Russian IT solutions export?

·        Open region - do we have any effect? Implementation experience.

·        Best practices of "IoT" for municipal management in Russia and abroad.

Strategic session "Modern Technoparks - Foundation for Economic Growth"

·        Is the technoparks infrastructure (offices, laboratories) already in place?

·        Are the residents' benefits efficient?

·        What is the role of technoparks in projects promotion?

·        What is the role and potential of kids' and high school students' technoparks?

·        Priority topics for the technoparks residents: robotics, software, microelectronics.

·        New forms of participation for innovative small and mid-size businesses in public procurement schemes.

Strategic session " Telemedicine and other technological trends in modern healthcare"

·        What are the technical capabilities of remote medicine?

·        What are the evolution prospects of legal regulation in telemedicine?

·        What technological barriers slow down the telemedicine development (unification of formats for medical information exchange, information security issues)?

Round table discussion "Specifics of informatization in oil & gas industry. GIS FEC"

·        What is the current status of GIS FEC development project? What are the system's goals and objectives?

·        What are the problems experienced by market participants in the process of GIS FEC connection?

·        What are the major trends in oil & gas companies informatization? What is the current situation with import substitution in the industry?

·        What is the potential for export of Russian IT solutions for oil & gas industry.

Round table discussion «IT in cultural institutions"

·        What is the potential for the development of electronic library in the Russian Federation?

·        What is the potential for the development and use of IT in culture institutions for children?

·        Potential for the development of virtual museums and other e-resources (databases, e-catalogs, reference systems) for popularization of cultural heritage?

·        New opportunities for implementation of IT and multimedia solutions in stationary expositions and exhibition environment?

·        New trends in online information about cultural products and getting customers feedback with regard to cultural institutions operation.

·        Creation of barrier-free environment for disabled people by means of IT solutions.

Round table discussion "Improvement of children’s additional IT education process. New tools and teaching techniques"

·        Continuous high school to university education of engineering personnel for the Russian industry.

·        New system of children's additional education on Quantorium basis.

·        Ways of administrating project activities within the system of children;s additional IT education.

·        What is an additional education teacher's toolkit for IT competences development?

·        Ways of organizing educational environment for IT competences development.

·        What is the effect of additional IT education on career orientation in favor of IT-related occupations?

·        Creation of barrier-free environment for disabled people by means of IT solutions.

·        What is the potential of attracting private business to additional IT education for children?

Round table discussion "Legal regulation of issues related to information society evolution"

·        Ensuring and protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of an individual in IT sphere, rights of legal entities.

·        Protection of information security of an individual, society and state.

·        Promotion of information resources system development, creation of mature information infrastructure, enhancement of entrepreneurial activities in IT sphere.

·        Creation of legal framework for efficient competition in IT products and services market.

·        Creation of legal framework for efficient information support for legal entities and individuals, government bodies and municipal authorities.

·        Ensuring legal support and protection of domestic IT products developers.

·        Harmonization with international legal regulation in IT sphere.

Round table discussion «IT in tourism industry"

·        What are the current trends in tourist information and tourist online services presentation?

·        What is the potential for the development of mobile technologies in tourism (tour guides, mobile applications)?

·        Online tourist services booking applications.

·        Use of IT in tourist information centers.

·        Use of IT for promoting sales of ethnographic souvenir products.

·        IT in catering and hotel business, guided tours and animation services.

Round table discussion "Electronic archive - the present and the future"

·        What industries experience the greatest demand for electronic archives?

·        What is the role of electronic archives in public sector?

·        What are the current trends in changing legal regulation with regard to electronic archives in public sector?

·        What are the technological trends of electronic archives development?

5.     Participants of the Forum:

The organizing committee intends to invite as the keynote speakers (first and foremost) the representatives of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Communications and Mass media of the RF and his deputies, as well as Directors of Departments (e-government, informatization projects, hi-tech, infrastructure projects), the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the RF in charge of (among other things) the quality of public services, the Director of Department of state regulation in economics of the Ministry of Economic Development of the RF, the President and Vice Presidents of "Rostelecom", and the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF).

The list of invited international speakers will include (first and foremost) the Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications and IT of India, the Minister and Deputy Minister of Industry and Informatization of China, the Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications of Brazil, the Minister or Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of SAR, the Head and Deputy Head of the National Informatics Center (NIC) of India, the Head and Deputy Head of the Administration of Information Technology Resources (SISP), Brazil, the President and the Vice President in charge of IT projects of China Telecom (China), the President and Vice Presidents of SERPRO (Brazil), the Ministers and Deputy Ministers of IT and telecommunications of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the President and the Vice President of the National Info-Communication Group of Companies "Zerde" (Kazakhstan), the Heads and Deputy Heads of ICT Development Agency (IDA, Singapore), the Services and eGovernment Management Committee (SeGMC, the Netherlands), and the National Information Society Agency (NIA, Korea).

For the discussion of regional and municipal informatization topics the organizers will extend invitations (first and foremost) to the Ministers and Heads of IT Departments of the following cities and regions: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tatarstan, the Moscow Oblast, the Yaroslavl Oblast, the Chelyabinsk Oblast, the Tyumen Oblast, Astana, Dushanbe, Bishkek, Tashkent, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Beijing, Delhi, Seoul, Stockholm, Berlin, Tallinn, Hong-Kong, Barcelona, Brussels, Vienna, etc.

For the discussion of technoparks development topics invitations will be extended to the managers of technoparks Chennai and Hyderabad (India), "Zhōngguāncūn" (China), Campinas (Brazil), as well as Russian innovation centers "Skolkovo", "Innopolis", "IT-park" (Kazan), and "Novosibirsk Academgorodok".

The topics related to GIS FEC development and import substitution issues will be discussed with the participation of relevant experts from the Ministry of Energy, the Russian Energy Agency, IT managers from Gasprom, Rosneft, Surgutneftegaz, Transneft, as well as dedicated IT solutions providers from Russia, BRICS and SCO member states.

Experts from the government and research organizations ("Higher School of Economics", "Information Society Development Institute", etc.) professional community (RSPA "Russian Software", etc.) as well as relevant agencies - industry conferences organizers (CNews, etc.) will be invited to act as the discussions moderators.

6.     Drafting of the Final Act (the Ugra Declaration)

The Forum will adopt as its Final Act the Ugra Declaration of the VIII International IT Forum with the participation of BRICS and SCO member states, it is also expected that several business agreements will be signed and a framework Forum's resolutions implementation plan will be drafted.

The Forum will also draft an address to the governments of BRICS and SCO member states, intergovernmental and non-government organizations, professional associations and educational, healthcare, research, cultural and social institutions, mass media, expert networks, representatives of public, commercial and non-profit sectors and industry.