The final round of the Innosocium National Social Projects Contest will be held at 18:00 on 27 May. Twenty-five of the 635 projects submitted for the contest were shortlisted. The contest includes five categories: Territory Development, Culture: Regional Initiatives, Womens Leadership, Taking Care of Seniors, and Youth Entrepreneurship.
The authors of the projects that reached the final round, which include university students from all over Russia, will give short presentations. Members of the panel of judges led by Federation Council Deputy Speaker Galina Karelova will then select the winners live. The projects will be judged based on the originality of the idea, detailed elaboration, and anticipated social effect.
The winning students or student groups will receive an award of RUB 500,000 from the contests partners in order to further develop and implement their projects.
The Innosocium contest is being supported by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Russian Union of Rectors.
The contest is being organized by the Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, and the Art, Science and Sport Charitable Foundation. Its partners include the Federation Council, the ART-OKNO cultural platform, EVRAZ, Mars, and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. Its information partners include MIA MIR, Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House, the Social Information Agency, and Moscow Students.
The goal of the contest is to draw attention to urgent socially significant problems and ways to solve them, to identify and encourage talented students to develop and implement social projects, to develop the skills they need for this, and to disseminate the effective experience of social design in the student community.