International Exhibition-Festival “The Future Is Usual” | Science and life

In St. Petersburg, the exhibition will be held in the Design Park of the Lenpoligrafmash Technopark (Prospect Medikov, 3) – a creative space that brings together entrepreneurs in the field of innovation, design, art and architecture.


The exhibition is held within the framework of the project “Integrator of Communities of the Circle Movement of the National Technological Initiative”, approved by the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the modernization of the economy and innovative development of Russia.

The organizers and strategic partners of the event are the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Association of Culture Managers, the NTI Platform, the NTI Circle Movement, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, University 20.35. The exhibition is supported by the Government of St. Petersburg.

According to Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Digital and Technological Development, General Director of the National Technological Initiative Platform ANO, Russia is now in an environment where new meanings are being formed before our eyes.

«We waited for a technological revolution and, finally, we waited: apparently, what is happening now is the biggest revolution in the history of mankind. But at the center of everything are not robots, but a person who programs the process, optimizes, “outsource” and so on. That is why talents are so important that develop something, sometimes in a direction that is not fully understood. At the same time, there are a huge number of such people who are so deep in their own world that they need to learn how to “pull out” from there. The exhibition “The Future is Everyday”, among other things, serves as one of the tools for solving this problem.», he says.

Back in the late 90s, an understanding began to form that sociocultural technologies work to solve a number of social problems. The exhibition is designed to answer the main question: how is society and people who create and shape the future changing?

«The future is ordinary ” – this is an opportunity to talk with society about what is changing in our daily life, what opportunities are given to each of us by the latest technologies. We want to open up this magical world of innovations and show how our life will look very soon, and for someone – right now. After all, there are already many available innovations, and you just need to take a step – to expand your horizon of ideas about the possible and put this or that technology into your ordinary life.», notes Inna Prilezhaeva, creative producer and director of the exhibition-festival.


The basis of the exposition of the exhibition is formed by innovative developments of Russian companies and projects of the National Technology Initiative.

Along with large industrial projects, visitors will be presented with household innovations aimed at increasing the comfort and safety of each of us.

«The exhibition “The Future Is Usual” is a very unusual format for presenting technological solutions, it is a mixture of technology and art, it is a “wow effect” that arises among the audience. The exhibition is designed to attract the general public, who can already touch technological innovations that will soon enter everyday life.», says Anastasia Morozova, Director of the Department for Development of Technological Communities and Partnerships of the NTI Platform.

Among the large-scale developments, it is worth noting hydrogen aircraft and vehicle platforms of the Center of Competence of the NTI “New and Mobile Energy Sources” at the IPCP RAS in Chernogolovka. In particular a two-seater aircraft powered by a hydrogen electric motor “Sigma-4” with a wingspan of 9.8 m. The device weighing 600 kg is capable of covering up to 300 km at one refueling.

A hydrogen plant in a complex with solar batteries is also involved in another unique machine – an ecological ship “Baikal”, created by the State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Baikal State University” to preserve the lake of the same name. The ship is capable of constantly cruising around Lake Baikal, purifying water from microplastics, spirogyra and a number of other harmful substances.

Another environmental innovation belongs to Energia-Ocean-Project LLC. Compact “hydraulic towers” are capable of providing electricity to a wide variety of facilities – from drilling stations to private households located next to running water.

And this is just a part of the “large” projects that the visitors of the exhibition will be able to get acquainted with. In addition, they will see engines for ultra-small spacecraft, drones with laser devices to accelerate the growth of agricultural plants, neural headsets and complexes for neuroscience, and much more.

Innovations, which can be conditionally referred to as “household” innovations, are no less interesting. For example, the CyberSHEFF automatic grill can replace the staff of a small cafe. A food station, for which only 3.5 sq. m, will independently take your order and prepare your favorite dish in an assortment from salad to fresh steak with smoke.

And small automatic rover platforms DH: FRAME from DronesHub may well replace some of the usual couriers in the near future. Although this is only part of the functionality of smart devices, they are also capable of collecting trash, patrolling the territory, or helping to carry your purchases from the supermarket to the car.

All those who are skeptical about vegetarian cuisine will be invited to taste a wide range of such foods by the Alliance of Plant Producers. Manufacturers promise no one can distinguish vegetable milk, cheese and butter from “animal products”. And the vegetable cutlet will be as juicy and appetizing as the meat one.

The CITY farm project of the BioTech company gives everyone the opportunity to grow a crop to the dining table right in the apartment. A compact high-tech farm, which is also capable of decorating any interior, will provide your family with a year-round harvest of greens, vegetables and garden berries.

It will not do without spectacles. The guests of the exhibition will be able to see the famous team of robotic football players “Starkit”, which has been “trained” in the Central Committee of NTI MIPT since 2018. Sports fans will appreciate the smart suit with sensors and a mobile application to improve the efficiency of sports training by Miofit LLC. The developments of many exhibitors are aimed at the interests of the children’s audience. These are high-tech sets for laboratory work and project activities “MBS-Children”, and “eternal” glowing chess that does not require recharging, a number of virtual training and monitoring platforms, and much more.

Business program

The business program is formed by a number of reports, lectures, round tables and excursions.

Denis Ashirov, Director of the Department of State Youth Policy and Educational Activities of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, believes that one of the main tasks that the exhibition solves is the popularization of Russian technological potential and the involvement of new talented youth in the formation of the scientific and technical base of our country. …

«Today the state provides a wide range of opportunities and tools for the development of technological initiatives and scientific developments of the youth of the Russian Federation. And the examples of the latest developments demonstrated at the exhibition prove that you need not be afraid of the most daring ideas, go towards your goal persistently and confidently.», Denis Ashirov said.

Leading experts of the Administration of St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation on digital and technological development, specialized funds and public associations, scientists, representatives of the business community, futurologists and art critics.

The exhibition-festival will be held during the work of the educational business conference in the field of technology and innovation BarCamp “National Technological Revolution 20.35”, dedicated to the issues of the National Technology Initiative.

As Kirill Soloveichik, Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade of St. Petersburg, noted, our city traditionally and steadily occupies the niche of the Russian center of science, industry and education.

«Therefore, the City Government welcomes and is ready to support in every possible way events aimed at introducing the latest technologies and scientific achievements into everyday life, the development of high-tech startups and the involvement of new talented specialists in the industry of innovative developments. The current exhibition is fully consistent with the achievement of these goals», said the head of the Committee.

Intermuseum game

The key event of the festival part of the program will be an inter-museum game for teenagers, held in partnership with the Children’s Days festival. It starts on the first day of the exhibition and will provide participants with the site of six St. Petersburg historical, technical and natural science museums: the Central Museum of Soil Science named after Dokuchaev, the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Russian Railways, the Central Museum of Communications named after V.V. A.S. Popov, Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology. V.P. Glushko and the ITMO Optics Museum.

According to Georgy Nikich, an expert, a teacher at the Moscow School of Economics, a member of the Board of the International Association of Art Critics (AIS), the synthesis of different ways of presenting information within one project perfectly reflects the idea of ​​the event.

«In the very near future, everything will be arranged somewhat differently. You have come somewhere and designed your own time, your own space, your own actions, which means your own future. The exhibition demonstrates this opportunity by presenting a synthesis of future-shaping technological innovations with artistic vision, and it is amazing. This exhibition is about the fact that we all live on the one hand very mundane, on the other – we are in a moment of direct cultural and social choice», the expert considers.

In the course of an interactive quest, teenagers will get acquainted with the history of scientific, technical and engineering discoveries in the context of the theme of creative energy, which serves as a driver for the movement of the world and society into the future. The participants of the game will have to make a number of important decisions, the results of which they will be able to evaluate in the final stage at the site of the exhibition “The future is ordinary”.

As Elena Zelentsova, the curator of the project, said, one of the key messages that formed the basis of the exhibition “Democratization” of the future, the use of different languages ​​for its comprehension and design.

«We strive to attract the widest possible audience to this process, to raise people’s awareness of the latest technologies, including in terms of their emotional perception – to remove the subconscious fear of innovation. This is undoubtedly facilitated by the “packaging” of innovations in artistic shells and creative contexts, because art makes technological reality more friendly», she says.

Registration and participation

Entrance to the exhibition-festival “The future is commonplace” free, with mandatory registration on the official website of the event.

Due to quarantine requirements, all guests and participants of the festival program must present a QR code about vaccination, previous illness or a certificate of medical withdrawal from vaccination against COVID-19.

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