October 22, 2019 | Moscow

Sooner Than You Think at the Open Innovations Forum

Join us on October 22, as Bloomberg brings its global technology conference, Sooner Than You Think: Smart Cities, to the Open Innovations Forum at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow.

Change is coming. Sooner than you think.

What do the cities of tomorrow look like as technology makes them cleaner, safer and more efficient? What changes stand to reshape mobility, as personal transportation sits on the precipice of a total transformation? What can we expect when 5G finally rolls out to cities around the world? And what are the pros and cons of innovations like facial recognition, as consumers decide between the importance of convenience or privacy?


October 22 - Tuesday

9:30 am

Opening Remarks


9:40 am

Cleaner, Safer and More Efficient: Building the Smart Cities of tomorrow from the Ground Up

Digital Economy, a program that aims to bolster tech infrastructure has enabled a myriad of smart city technologies take hold in Russia. Our panel delves into the smart-city technology that is meaningfully improving cities around the world—making them cleaner, safer and more efficient, and discusses the innovations that are on the horizon.


  • Artem Ermolaev

    Professor of Higher School of Economics and President, NGO "Smart Cities"

  • Christian Nardin

    Senior Vice President, High Growth Countries, Dassault Systèmes

  • Larissa Suzuki

    Senior Principal Product Manager for Machine Learning, Oracle


10:20 am

Facial Recognition: Cool, Convenient or Concerning?

Russia is building a national biometric database, and what the country has touted as the world’s largest facial-recognition bank. The technology can be used to help tackle crime and improve convenience for things like access to financial services without a password, but it also has ignited a fierce convenience-versus-privacy debate. Our panel assesses the costs and the benefits, and explains how this technology will change our everyday lives.



10:50 am

Securing the Smart City



11:10 am

5G and the Smart Cities of the Future

5G is finally rolling out around the world and the first deployments have already launched in Moscow. How soon can we expect to see 5G readily available, and what are the innovative leaps that this ground-breaking tech will bring about?



  • Rebecca Penty

    Telecom, Media and Entertainment Team Leader, Bloomberg News

11:40 am

Ready, Set, Ride: Preparing Smart Cities for Smarter Vehicles

We’re told that driverless transportation is still a very long way off, but as 5G networks, which enable driverless technology, become more prevalent, the autonomous era inches closer. What are the regulatory, safety and technical hurdles that still need to be addressed in order for this technology to pick up speed?



12:10 pm

Closing Remarks


  • Torrey Clark

    Managing Editor & Moscow Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News


Torrey Clark

Managing Editor & Moscow Bureau Chief Bloomberg News

Arkadiy Dvorkovich

Foundation Chairman Skolkovo Foundation

Artem Ermolaev

Professor of Higher School of Economics and President NGO "Smart Cities"

Natalya Galyan

Regional Director for Russia Intel Corporation

Yaroslav Goncharov

CEO FaceApp

Jong-Sung Hwang

Lead Researcher, National Information Society Agency & Master Planner, Busan EDC National Pilot Smart City

Alexander Khanin

CEO VisionLabs

Vasyl Latsanych

CEO VimpelCom

Alicia Mancheno

Managing Director Alizent Spain

Christian Nardin

Senior Vice President, High Growth Countries Dassault Systèmes

Rebecca Penty

Telecom, Media and Entertainment Team Leader Bloomberg News

Ilya Sachkov

CEO Group-IB

Larissa Suzuki

Senior Principal Product Manager for Machine Learning Oracle

Stefan Teuchert

CEO BMW Group Russia

Giles Turner

European Technology Editor Bloomberg News

Olga Uskova

Founder & President Cognitive Technologies

Alex Webb

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Anna Serebryanikova

Deputy CEO in Digital Projects and Government Relations USM Management LLC

Aleksandr Lazarenko

Head of Research and Development Group-IB

Supported by

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 with the objective of accelerating Russia’s transformation from a resource-intensive to an innovation-based economy. To achieve this objective, the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, composed of more than 1,900 high-tech startups, Skolkovo Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech) – a new graduate research University established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together, these entities establish a vibrant ecosystem of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo’s startups reached $4,6 billion. 32,000 jobs have been created and over 1,300 patent applications have been filled along the way. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will be built in Skolkovo with 35,000 people working daily in the Innovation Center.

The annual Open Innovations Forum is a Flagship Technology event held in Moscow by the Skolkovo Foundation under the aegis of the Government of the Russian Federation. It gathers about 20 000 participants from almost 100 countries. The Forum’s main goal is to develop and commercialize new technologies, promote global tech brands and create new tools for international cooperation in innovation. www.openinnovations.ru/en