The final round of the Gazprom Neft “Developing Talent” competition took place at the Sirius Educational Centre, Sochi on 21 February 2020, with high school students throughout those regions in which the company operates competing to solve genuine problems in digitisation in the oil and gas industry. The competition was won by a team from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Almost 2,800 applications were submitted for the 2020 competition, with entries from Moscow, St Petersburg, Omsk, Tyumen, Tomsk, Orenburg, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Muravlenko, as well as from the village of Tazovsky and the hamlets of Novy Port and Cape Kamenny in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Having successfully made the case for their projects in the regional rounds, 71 high school students took part in the final, with students teaming up in Sochi and developing new projects under the guidance of specialists from Gazprom Neft and Sirius. The competition programme also included masterclasses, training sessions and excursions.
21 February saw participants presenting the outcomes of their work, with a jury determining the best of these. North Stars — a team of students from Muravlenko and the village of Tazovsky — won, with a project on machine learning.
“The ‘Developing Talent’ competition is the key educational project under our Home Towns corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. The Sirius educational centre — the leading Russian campus for gifted children — partnered the competition this year. Digital projects were added to the 2020 competition — all of which meant we were able to make the programme more diverse and varied, while offering participants the chance to solve problems related to modern technologies in the oil and gas industry.”Alexander Dybal member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
The Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” CSR programme is one of the most successful and best-known local development initiatives offered by Russian businesses. Voluntary activities, city celebrations and major international festivals — whatever the size or scale, all projects under the Home Towns programme are directed at addressing specific and unique problems in those regions in which Gazprom Neft operates.
The “Developing Talent” intellectual competition is an educational project for middle and senior high school students. The Developing Talent competition differs from typical academic “Olympiads” in testing competitors’ ability to apply their academic knowledge to solving actual, real-world industrial and technical challenges.
The Sirius Education Centre was opened by the “Talent and Success” Foundation in 2015 (based within 2014 Winter Olympics facilities) by order of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who heads its Board of Trustees. The work of the Sirius Education Centre is focussed on the early identification, development and further professional support for gifted children showing extraordinary talent in arts, sports, the sciences and technical creativity. More than 40,000 Russian schoolchildren have completed courses at Sirius over the past four years.