Vladimir Putin approved the personnel training program in virtual reality and the Cyber Russian blockchain

The federal educational program Cyber Russia, aimed at training professionals and creating startups in the development of computer games with the use of virtual, augmented reality (VR/AR) and blockchain technologies, has been approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Supervisory Board of the ASI held in Petrozavodsk on July 26 during the business forum "Karelia: Points of Growth".

The participants in the educational program will be trained in game design, creating user scenarios and operation models of virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices, developing and optimizing VR/AR applications for PC and mobile platforms.

At the exhibition of projects implemented with the ASI’s support, the Head of the State could see the demonstration of the Ruslan robot created by the participants in the Cyber Russia project during educational hackathons.

The project will be implemented at all stages of the educational process. As part of higher education, in September 2017, the Far-East Federal University will start the Russia’s first master program in augmented and virtual reality. Before the end of 2017, the Skolkovo Science and Technology Institute (Skoltech) plans to launch a two-year educational program in virtual, augmented reality and blockchain technology. Within the system of secondary vocational education, they will create three new Worldskills competences (in computer games, blockchain and virtual reality). Two-year programs of complementary education will be available for children; from September 2017, the first sites will be the “Themocenter” State Educational Institution (Moscow) and the Perimeter Educational Center (Makhachkala).

Using the blockchain technology, there will be created an individual passport of competences for each program participant, which can be updated after tests, examinations, or advanced training courses. This will allow for efficiently selecting educational programs on the request of employers.

The results of the training will be ready-made products created on the request of educational institutions, commercial companies and corporations, as well as startups intended to develop these products. The students will work on creating prototypes every six months during hackathons, which will also become assessment and demonstration of knowledge. The Supervisory Board entrusted RVC with the task to support the developed products and the news startups, namely, to ensure their investment support. The Ministry of Education was instructed to launch a network educational program in computer games, virtual, augmented, mixed reality and Cyber Russia blockchain for residents of university incubators by September 1, 2017.

By 2019, higher educational institutions of the Russian Federation shall open at least 15 master programs as part of this project.

“We are creating a technological environment in which serial entrepreneurs and representatives of the scientific community will work side by side,” Roman Povolotsky, the leader of the Cyber Russia project, said. “Both the Government and the businesses will be the customers of products based on the day-after-tomorrow technologies. For examples, physicians will be able to use an augmented-reality software and glasses to prepare themselves for surgeries, after having studied the nervous or blood-vascular system of an individual patient in the 3D mode. At the same time, another 100,000 doctors will be able to watch the process and discuss it.”

According to him, the new technologies will replace textbooks and user manuals. “It will be much easier for us to interact with a 3D animated model of an engine or a heart, than to read the same in a book. We have to create this content, software and applications,” Roman Povolotsky said.