The winners of the National Technological Olympiad in AI have been determined

In total, more than 7,100 students of grades 7-11 from 80 regions of Russia and 13 countries registered for the Olympiad. Based on the results of the qualifying rounds, 99 schoolchildren from 30 regions of Russia and five countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan reached the final.

At the final stage, the participants solved substantive problems in mathematics (developed by the National Research University Higher School of Economics) and informatics (developed by MEPhI). Teams of two people developed an algorithm to recognize handwritten text in school notebooks in Russian and English (problem developer — Sber AI).

According to the results of the competition, 17 prize-winners and seven winners were determined. All of them will benefit from admission to the country’s leading universities, including Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, National Research University Higher School of Economics. The rules for their admission for 2022 state that applicants who show good results at the Olympiad will receive 100 points in a core subject upon admission to a number of high-tech specialties. Each winner received SberPortal smart displays and an SJCAM SJ4000 action camera, while the winners received SberBox Time smart media speakers and fitness bracelets.

The five teams that created the best handwriting recognition algorithms received cash certificates for education with a face value of 250,000 to 650,000 rubles (the total prize fund is 4 million rubles), valuable gifts and an invitation to an internship in the Sber ecosystem in the direction of Machine Learning. Also, the organizers of the Olympiad awarded three special nominations.

Dmitry Zemtsov, Executive Secretary of the NTO Organizing Committee, Vice-Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Head of the NTI Working Group “Club Movement”:

“Team engineering competitions in the field ʺArtificial intelligenceʺ The National Technology Olympiad was held for the third time. In the 2021/2022 academic year, it became the second most popular among all the proposed directions. For three years, the profile has developed a practice of inviting winners and prize-winners for internships in the Sber ecosystem, and there are already successful cases of employment. In other words, ʺArtificial intelligenceʺ offers schoolchildren a unique opportunity not only to enter a university, but also to start their professional path in one of the leading technology companies in the country.”

Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank:

“I followed the successes of the finalists of the Olympiad with great interest. I was pleasantly surprised not only by the level of preparation of the guys, but also by their well-coordinated teamwork and mutual support. I am convinced that the majority of participants will not lose their interest in artificial intelligence and will make many more technological breakthroughs. We will provide the winners of the Olympiad with the opportunity to take an internship at Sberbank and we will be happy if they choose a bank and companies in our ecosystem as a place of future work. I wish all participants and finalists of the competition to keep their minds on continuous improvement and professional growth.”

Pyotr Polozhevets, Executive Director of the Sberbank Charitable Foundation “Investment in the Future”:

“I thank all the participants for their passion, enthusiasm and, most importantly, the desire to develop and develop AI technologies. I congratulate the winners and finalists and wish them not to stop there. I am sure that the results of solving the problem of the Olympiad – handwriting recognition in the future – will be able to contribute to the educational process. And our participants will become specialists capable of bringing AI technologies to a new level in Russia.”

The profile “Artificial Intelligence” of the National Technology Olympiad has been held since the 2019/2020 academic year. For three years, 15,607 schoolchildren took part in it. The National Technological Olympiad is an all-Russian technological game for schoolchildren of 5-11 grades, students of universities and colleges in a wide range of modern areas: from artificial intelligence to genome editing, space technologies, and computer game development. In the 2021/2022 academic year, more than 120,000 schoolchildren and students from 85 regions of Russia and foreign countries registered for NTO.

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