X Festival of Innovation Projects “Sikorsky Challenge 2021:
Ukraine and the World”

 

Date: August 12 – 14, 2021

Venue: Igor Sikorsky KPI, Kyiv, Peremogy ave., 37

Form of conducting: blended – in-person sessions and synchronous on-line mode

 

Main events of the Festival:

-         Solemn events on the opening of the 10th-anniversary Festival "Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World" with the participation of representatives of state authorities of Ukraine, representatives of innovation clusters of cities / regions and universities, members of international representations of the Innovation Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge", representatives of Ukrainian and international investment funds;

-         International Defense Investment Forum of Ukraine;

-         Thematic panel discussions;

-         Exhibition of startup projects, breakthrough scientific and technical developments, including the latest innovation developments in the defense industry;

-         The final of the Competition of Innovation Projects, which will take place in 6 sections:

Øsection 1: Defense and security;

Øsection 2: Industrial high-tech and space;

Øsection 3: Green energy, hydrogen economy, ecology;

Øsection 4: Biomedical engineering and human health;

Øsection 5: Agricultural engineering;

Øsection 6: Information technology, digital country;

-         Negotiations between potential investors, high-tech companies, enterprises and teams of startup projects on further cooperation and signing of relevant agreements.

 

PROGRAM

 

1st day of the Festival: August 12, 2021

 

Time

Event

09.30-10.30 

Registration of participants in in-person and on-line modes

Acquaintance of guests and participants of the Festival with the exhibits of the exhibition of innovation projects

10.30-11.3

Solemn events on the opening of the 10th-anniversary Festival "Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World"

 

Welcome speeches:

State leaders

Presentation of the All-Ukrainian Innovation Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge Ukraine" (SCU),

- Greetings from international SCU participants (USA, Israel, Australia, China, Poland, Portugal);

- Presentation by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhiy Shkarlet of the network of Innovation Clusters of Cities / Regions of Ukraine together with chairmen of City / Region councils, rectors of universities;

- Mini-presentations of the best startup projects of regional Innovation Clusters;

- Signing of memoranda / agreements on national and international innovation projects, investment agreements, agreements on the establishment of investment funds.

 

11.30-12.30

International Defense Investment Forum of Ukraine

Chairman: Oleh Uruskyi, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine (Ukraine)

Participants: representatives of public authorities, investors, representatives of high-tech business, the scientific community

12.30-13.00

Break: Press conference, photo session, acquaintance with the exhibits of the exhibition

13.00-14.00

Panel discussion: Innovations in the field of defense and security

Chairman: Yuriy Gusev, General Director of UkrOboronProm

Participants: representatives of public authorities, defense companies, investors and representatives of funds.

14.00-15.00

Lunch break

15.00-16.30

Competition of finalist projects

Introductory speech by the Chairman of the International Jury, presentation of the Jury members

Section 1: Defense and security

Pitches of 8 projects

Moderator: Yuriy Gusev, General Director of UkrOboronProm (Ukraine)

16:30- 17.30

Break: Communication of jury members and investors with the authors of poster presentations

Negotiations of potential investors, representatives of defense companies with teams of selected projects of Section 1

 

 

2nd day of the Festival: August 13, 2021

 

09.00-10.0

Registration of participants

10.00-11.00

Panel discussion: Capabilities of Ukraine for innovative breakthrough in the fields of industrial high-tech and space

 

Chairmen:

Volodymyr Taftay, Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine (Ukraine)

Vic Korsun, Chairman of the International Jury (USA)

Participants: representatives of high-tech companies; investors; representatives of funds; representatives of city / region Innovation clusters.

11.00-11.50

Competition of finalist projects

Section 2: Industrial high-tech and space

Pitches of 4 projects

Moderator: Volodymyr Taftay, Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine

11.50-12.10

Break. Communication of Jury members and investors with authors of poster presentations.

12.10-13.00

Continuation of Section 2:

Pitches of 4 projects

Moderator: Igor Peer, founder of Be Next IT (Israel)

13.00-14.00

Lunch break

14.00-14.45

Panel discussion: “Energy of the future”

Chairmen:

Emanuele Volpe, Director of Innovation DTEK (Italy)

Serhiy Denysiuk, Director of the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Energy Management of Igor Sikorsky KPI (Ukraine)

14.45-16.00

Competition of finalist projects

Section 3: Green energy, hydrogen economy, ecology

Pitches of 5 projects

Moderator: Mykola Kyzym, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine (Ukraine)

16.00-16.30

Section 4: Biomedical engineering and human health

Pitches of 5 projects

Moderators:

Borys Todurov, Director of the Heart Institute of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (Ukraine)

Vitaliy Maksymenko, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of
Igor Sikorsky KPI (Ukraine)

16.30-18.00

Negotiations of potential investors, representatives of defense companies with teams of selected projects of Section 3 and Section 4

 

 

3rd day of the Festival: August 14, 2021

 

 

09.00-10.0

Registration of participants

10.00-11.00

Competition of finalist projects

Section 5: Agricultural engineering

Pitches of 5 projects

Moderators: Serhiy Volodin, Director of the Institute of Innovative Bioeconomics (Ukraine)

11.00-12.00

Competition of finalist projects

Section 6: Information technology, digital country

Pitches of 5 projects

Moderator: Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (Ukraine)

12.00-14.30

Lunch break.

Negotiations of potential investors, representatives of defense companies with teams of selected projects of Section 5 and Section 6.

Work of the International Jury and Organizing Committee: summarizing the competition

14.30-16.00

Closing Ceremony of the X Festival of Innovation Projects "Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World":

- Announcement of the results of the Competition by the International Jury;

- Awarding diplomas to the teams of the best startup projects;

- Announcement of the results of negotiations between investors and startup project teams;

- Speeches by guests and participants of the Festival.

16.00

Photo session.

Business reception