The Concept of the VIII International IT-Forum

with the participation of BRICS and the SCO countries

1.     General Provisions

Under the aegis of

Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO

The Organizer:

Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra

Tomsk Region Administration;

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

With the support of

All India Association of Industries;

Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation;

Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation;

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation;

Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation;

Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Official website:

Today Khanty-Mansiysk international IT-Forum has proved to be a platform for discussion of specific applicable projects and determining of goal setting in the field of integration of the digital space of the participating countries.      

It is important to preserve the value of the event as an international discussion platform, where current trends in the development of information and communication technologies are reviewed and presented, practical issues are discussed, where search for tools of promotion of new technology trends is performed. At the same time, it is necessary to focus an agenda as much as possible on the implementation of regional level projects in both constituent units of the Russian Federation and administrative and territorial units of the participating countries of the BRICS and the SCO.       

2.     Targets of the Forum

Considering the current economic realities, regulatory changes and requirements of the conceptual documents regulating the area of ​​information society in different countries, the following targets of the Forum have been stated:

· To assess the current state and prospects of development and technological trends of IT in the fields of management of state activities, municipal services, health care, education, culture and tourism;

· To discuss topical issues of development, production and implementation of the national special software, telecommunications equipment and to identify solutions.

· To identify ways of collaboration of Russia and other countries of the BRICS and the SCO for the consolidation of efforts on the development of information technologies;

· To create of image of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra as an innovative region, which is developing and applying contemporary approaches to informatization.

Contemporary technology trends develop and change governance. Means and methods of administrative control are evolving. In fact, any industry: medicine, education, transportation, law enforcement system has to deal with the need to restructure the ways of interacting with citizens and legal entities. There was a need for the transformation of familiar tools in up to date, convenient, safe, proactive, citizens-oriented services.

Any transformation is now estimated by quality of new IT-services and the extent to which they improve, simplify and improve the livelihood of citizens, making it more comfortable.

3.     Objectives of the Forum

The following objectives will be achieved in order to implement the above targets:

· To establish a platform for discussion of the most pressing issues related to the creation and implementation of information technologies in various spheres of life;


· To involve partners from the BRICS and the SCO countries to participate in the discussion in order to exchange best practices between Russian and foreign experts;

· To lay foundations for agreements between Russian and foreign companies (organizations) on cooperation in the sphere of development of information technologies;

· To demonstrate technological capabilities of domestic developers of IT-products to Russian and foreign specialists;

· To present the latest achievements of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra in various fields, including the development of additional education model for children.

4.     Priority tracks of the Forum

4.1.         Development of information society. E-government. Import substitution.

Prospects of development of information systems of state authorities are often determined by the requirements of users who are accustomed to the high quality of online services by commercial companies (banks, Internet services, etc.). They expect similar level from the state structures. In this regard, among the new criteria of public online services for the majority of e-government development programs there are simplicity, convenience, quality, speed and other characteristics inherent in advanced commercial services.

At the same time, considering the difficult economic situation, the authorities are forced to look for opportunities to reduce costs for information technology and to optimize IT infrastructure. In India for this purpose they create a network of national data centers, in China — the National cloud platform, in Russia — "gosoblako" (g-cloud), on the basis of which it is planned to provide IT and telecom services. A number of Russian regions have already tested the concept of private and public partnership to create
IT-systems without budgetary expenses, state organizations often refuse to purchase equipment, replacing it with a more favorable lease.

The tense political situation and the law on the register of the Russian software impose a new requirement for the development of IT infrastructure of government agencies — to use Russian products where possible. Similar requirements also exist in China and Brazil, and they are one of the most important motivations for the development of local manufacturers. Russian designers are ready to offer government customers a range of their own products. What shall we do with those niches in which there are no alternatives to foreign decisions? At the same time Russian IT-solutions are already raising interest in a number of countries wishing to demonopolize their local markets.

Development of regional and urban informatization is another unique topic that requires consideration. Smart City and Safe City concepts have been on the agenda of the leading metropolises of the world for a number of years, and they step by step penetrate into the smaller cities. Information technology and data they allow to collect can improve the efficiency of municipal services — police, public utilities, transportation companies.

Advanced information technology in the field of health care is another issue that requires attention and discussion. Telemedicine is not widespread in Russia, but potentially it can significantly improve the quality and efficiency of the medical services in the regions.

Ugra IT-Forum is one of the primary platforms to discuss e-health issues. Critical role belongs to the representative expert participants, including federal and regional healthcare authorities, the independent experts, practitioners, as well as international industry experts.

Strategic session dedicated to technological trends of advanced medicine will take place against the background of the implementation of the regional "road maps" in the direction indicated, as well as discussion of a number of important legislative changes planned for approval in Russia. Traditional presence of foreign experts and specialists will allow to look at the transformation in domestic medicine, taking into account international experience and help to formulate recommendations on the promotion of high technologies in this industry.

Innovative infrastructure is actively developing in Russia, and one of its main components is a science park. Are the preferences, provided to the residents, efficient? Do they achieve the goals and stimulate the development if new IT products and services? Have we invested enough in the science parks? What is the role and position of children's science parks in the market? One of the strategic sessions of the Forum will be dedicated to these issues.

Key sector of the Russian economy is fuel and energy, as well as many others, it cannot ignore the technological trends and changing their distribution conditions. Within the framework of the Forum, it is planned to discuss import substitution of information technologies in the oil and gas sector, and to talk about the situation with the introduction of the GIS TEK (state information system of the fuel and energy complex).

One of the basic issues that need to be addressed at the informatization of state organizations and enterprises with large archives of paper documents is the issue of digitization. Electronic archives of documents are established in the registry offices, courts, banks, passport offices, and the police. What are the trends of development of electronic archives technologies? How does the legislative and normative legal regulation change in this area? Special event of the Forum will allow to exchange experience and to discuss topical issues of of the development of digital archives.

Electronic services penetrate deeper into the cultural, educational and tourism spheres. Many museums, concert halls, libraries are well advanced in the development of their Internet resources. One of the new challenge for them are mobile technologies. In education, in addition to e-books and educational services, they are implementing the process of creating a federal information system of students recording. One of the most significant recent milestones in the field of librarianship was the launch of a national digital library. These and other topics will also be discussed at the Forum.

4.2.         International Conference under the aegis of UNESCO

A number of events dedicated to the preservation and development of languages ​​in cyberspace was held during a series of meetings of UNESCO experts within the frameworks of the VII International IT Forum. In order to continue the cooperation of experts of many countries, to strengthen multilateral relations and to develop practical solutions it is proposed to hold an International Conference "Media and Information Literacy and the Formation of Open Government Culture" in 2016 in the territory of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra within the VIII IT Forum. Leading international experts from 40 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

The conference program will include such an important topic as the media and information literacy of the population, especially children and youth. Today the ability of the government to bring up educated personnel in the field of information and communication technologies is becoming a strategic objective, and not only the general cultural level depends on the quality of these solutions. In addition to addressing the internal political problems, media literacy of the population and its compliance with global standards simplifies and strengthens bilateral relations. In this regard, the role of international institutions becomes more important, including for the purpose to consider and achieve legislative consolidation of initiatives aimed at improving the security of information and rules of conduct under conditions of imposed information confrontation. In addition, the topic of open government will be discussed.

Participants from the Russian Federation in the international conference could be Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, leading high education institutions of the country, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and others.

4.3.         Activities within the frameworks of the "Year of Childhood" in Ugra

An important event of the Forum will include a complex of activities within the declared "Year of Childhood" in Ugra. Traditionally, activities for children take place within the exhibition. Among them there are various interactive educational workshops, games and competitions, as well as the traditional exhibition of robotics with new expositions and exhibition stands that will demonstrate commitment of the Okrug to development and support of the younger generation’s interest in future technologies.

One of the highlights of the event will be an open competition "Hello, robot" (technical skills competition between robots made by students of Ugra) in roboquantum of children and school science park. Not only participants from other regions of Russia will have an opportunity to take part in the competition, but also foreign children teams from the BRICS and the SCO countries. Another international contest will be a chess tournament among children of BRICS and the SCO countries teams.

Several primary tracks of the Forum will include topics related to the involvement of children in an innovative environment. Doors Open Day will be held in the children science park "Quantorium", which applies unique educational technologies. A demonstration of collection based on Russian folk tales and tales of the Khanty and Mansi, exhibition of children's artworks, multimedia museum exhibitions will be organized during the event.

A separate round table will be dedicated to the development of IT-competence in an additional education of children, where Russian and foreign participants will become familiar with the new procedure - School of engineering culture on the basis of special technological platforms of the Okrug.

4.4.         Distribution of thematic tracks of the Forum

During the VIII International IT Forum with the participation of BRICS and the SCO countries it is planned to consider each of the following spheres in the framework of individual thematic sessions and round tables.

Strategic Session "E-government: new requirements and challenges "

· What are the global trends in the development of e-government (personalization, proactivity, omni-channels)?

· What are the prospects for expanding the use of e-government infrastructure ( "open platform" electronic signature, IEIS to perform control and supervision functions)?

· How do KPI change during the transition from e-government to digital one?

· How to optimize the IT infrastructure and to save IT budget (g-cloud, PPP)?

     Panel discussion "Ecosystem" Open Region "- a new social model of the development of "smart regions"

· Provision of free access to information of the authorities and local government bodies to citizens.

· Free use of public data of authorities and local government bodies by citizens and businesses, as well as designers and members of non-commercial organizations.

· Open dialogue between citizens and the government. The ability of citizens and business to influence and participate in decision-making processes of authorities and local government bodies.

· Transparency of public and municipal expenditures, including the budgets of all levels, state and municipal procurement, contracts, grants and subsidies.

· Ensuring clarity and publicity of procedures for the adoption of laws and decisions by the authorities and local government bodies, the involvement of citizens in the processes of drafting legislation and regulations.

· Social control as a mechanism to monitor the activities of the authorities, both at the stage of the decision-making, and at the stage of implementation of the decisions, and the evaluation of results.

· How to use open technologies - what is the extent of citizens' awareness, knowledge and are they able to receive information and e-services, to use them in accordance with their rights and obligations.

· Crowdsourcing technologies (alternative term - "public expertise") to improve the state, civil, social and commercial activity.

· Intelligible government is a new platform to expand and simplify the communication between state and society.

Strategic Session "Import substitution and export opportunities for Russian IT solutions"

· What is the first experience of the applying of the law on register of Russian software?  

· Are suppliers from Russia and the BRICS countries prepared to ensure full independence of the IT infrastructure from the Western countries?

· What are the prospects and challenges for export of Russian IT solutions?

· What are the practical problems faced by customers when migrating from one IT solutions to the other?

Strategic Session "Advanced region: smart and safe"

· How does open data help in the development of the region (in the field of transport, housing, etc.).

· What are the prospects of PPP in the sphere of regional informatization?

· How to video surveillance technologies develop?

· What are the prospects for export of Russian IT solutions?

· Open region - are there any results? Implementation practices.

· What are the best practices of implementation of the concept "Internet of Things" in Russia and abroad in the field of urban management?

Strategic Session "Contemporary science parks — the foundation of economic growth"

· Is the infrastructure (offices, labs) of science parks ready?

- Do the preferences for residents work efficiently?

· What is the role of science parks in the promotion of projects?

· What are the roles and perspectives of children and school science parks?

· Priority themes for the residents of science parks: robotics, software, microelectronics.

· New forms of participation of innovative small and medium enterprises in public procurement.

Strategic Session "Creating compatible integrated telemedicine systems in the regions of the BRICS countries."

· Discussion and signing of the agreement on the establishment of the International Telemedicine Community of the BRICS countries.

· Coordination of joint application of the BRICS countries to BRICS New Development Bank.

· Discussion and approval of the distribution of the BRICS countries contributions to the implementation of the Project.

· Discussion and approval of the list of BRICS regions — potential participants of the Project.

· Discussion and signing of Appeal of the Working Group of Experts on Telemedicine of BRICS – participants of the meeting - to the Government of India - the Chairman of the BRICS in 2016-2017 for support of the Project.

Round table "Features of informatization in the oil and gas industry. GIS TEK"

· At what stage is the creation of the GIS TEK? What are the targets and objectives of the system?

· What are the difficulties faced by market participants when connecting to the GIS TEK?

· What are the main trends of informatization in oil and gas companies? What about import substitution in the industry?

· What are the prospects for Russian exports of IT solutions for the oil and gas industry?

Round table "IT in cultural institutions"

· The role of digital libraries in the development of the information society

· Prospects for IT development and utilization in cultural institutions to work with children

· Prospects for the development of virtual museums and other electronic resources
(databases, electronic catalogs, information and referral system) in order to promote cultural heritage.

· New opportunities of implementation of IT and multimedia solutions for static expositions and exhibition space.

· New trends in online awareness of cultural products and obtaining feedback from consumers on the activities of cultural institutions.

· Creating a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities through IT technologies.

Round table "Improving the process of additional IT education of children.
New techniques and tools»

· Education of new engineers for the Russian industry, starting from the high school.

· New system of additional education of children based on Quantorium.

· How to organize project activities in a field of further IT education of children?

· What additional education teacher's toolkit is needed to develop IT competences?

· How to organize the educational environment in order to create IT competencies?

· What is the contribution of additional IT education in the career guidance on IT-related specialty?

· Creating a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities through IT technologies.

· What are the prospects of attracting private business to additional IT education of children?

Round table "Regulatory support for the development of the information society"

· Enforcement and protection of the constitutional rights and freedoms in the field of information, rights of legal entities.

· Ensuring information security of a person, society and state.

· Assistance to the development of the system of information resources, creation of advanced information infrastructure, improving the efficiency of business activities in the information sphere.

· Creating legal conditions for effective competition in the market of information services and works.

· Creating legal conditions for effective information support for individuals and legal entities, public authorities and local government bodies.

· To provide legal support and protection of domestic manufacturers of information products and information technology.

· Harmonization with international law in the field of information.

· Which new regulations should be designed and what changes should be made to the current legislation in order to intensify the process of formation of open and intelligent regions?

Round table "IT in tourism"

· What are the current approaches to providing tourist information and tourist services online?

· What are the prospects of mobile technologies development in the field of tourism (tourist guides, mobile applications)?

· Online services for booking of tourist services.

· IT in the tourist information centers.

· The use of IT in the sale of ethnographic souvenirs.

· IT in the restaurant and hotel industry, excursions and animation services

Round Table "Electronic archive: the present and the future"

- In which industries the electronic archives are demanded.

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

· How do the legislative aspects of the regulation of electronic archives in the public sector change?

· What are the technological trends in the development of electronic archives?

Round table "Medical information technology in the health care system of sportsmen as part of Sports Medicine"

· Sports medicine as a multidisciplinary profession

· Creation of a unified health information system in the sphere of sports technology development. Medical-exercise service — the organizational core of the protection of athletes' health

· Strategy for the development of IT technologies in the system of medical provision of sports

5.     Participants of the Forum

Speakers of thematic tracks are (above all others): representatives of the Administration of the Presidents of the Russian Federation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and his deputies, and the directors of departments (development of e-government projects for informatization development of high technology, infrastructure projects), Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation in charge (included) for the quality of public services, director of government regulation department in the economy of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation , the president and vice-presidents of PJSC "Rostelecom", the Fund of Development of Internet initiatives (FRII) .

Among foreign speakers there are (above all others) the Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications and IT in 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 South Africa, Head and Deputy Head of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, Head and Deputy Head of Administration of IT resources (SISP) of Brazil, the President and the Vice-president responsible for IT-projects of China Telecom (China), the President and Vice-president of SERPRO (Brazil), ministers and deputy ministers for IT and telecommunications of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the President and Vice-president of the National ICT holding "Zerde" (Kazakhstan), heads and deputy heads of the Infocomm Development Authority (the IDA, Singapore), the Committee for management of government services (SeGMC, Netherlands), National Information Society Agency (NIA, Korea).

Ministers and heads of IT-departments of the following cities and regions will be invited to the Forum (above all others) to discuss topics related to the regional and municipal informatization: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tatarstan, Moscow region, Novosibirsk region, Yaroslavl region, Chelyabinsk region, Tyumen region, Astana, Dushanbe, Bishkek, Tashkent, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Beijing, Delhi, Seoul, Stockholm, Berlin, Tallinn , Hong Kong, Barcelona, ​​Brussels, Vienna.

For a discussion of topics related to the development of industrial parks, the leaders of science park Chennai and Hyderabad (India), "Zhongguancun" (China), Campinas (Brazil), as well as Russian innovation center "Skolkovo", "Innopolis», «IT-park" (Kazan), "Novosibirsk Akademgorodok" will be invited.

For a discussion of topics related to the development of GIS TEK and import substitution,specialized experts of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Energy Agency, and IT-managers of Gazprom, Rosneft, Surgutneftegaz, Transneft, as well as suppliers of specialized IT solutions in Russia and the BRICS and the SCO countries.

Experts of public and research organizations ( "Higher School of Economics", "Institute of the Information Society", etc.), professional communities (ARPP "Otechestvenny soft" ("Domestic software"), etc.), and specialized agencies - the organizers of conferences on the subject areas will be invited as the moderators. (CNews, etc.).

6.     Preparation of the final document (Ugra Declaration)

As a result of the Forum the "Yugorskaya Declaration" of the VIII International IT Forum with the participation of BRICS and the SCO countries will be adopted, business agreements will be signed, a framework plan for the implementation of the Forum decisions will be designed.

An appeal to the governments of the BRICS and the SCO countries, intergovernmental and civil society organizations, professional associations and institutions of education, health, science, culture, social institutions, media, network associations, representatives of the state, commercial and non-profit sectors and industries will be prepared.