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Moscow Open Innovation Forum 2013 opens for business

ITProPortal has been busy on the icy ground of Moscow this week covering the second Open Innovations Forum, an event showcasing new digital innovation and promoting Russian collaboration with tech partners around the world.

“Today, all across the world we are witnessing a complete technological reorganisation of the global economy,” Russia's vice president Arkady Dvorkovich said to the event’s packed conference hall.

The marriage of economics with innovation has been a key theme of this year’s conference, as tech firms, business execs and journalists from around the world descended on the Russian capital for the two-day event.

The last meeting of this kind was held this time last year in autumn 2012 and drew over 5,000 visitors from 38 countries, who enjoyed presentations from over 700 speakers. This year is bigger than ever, with over 10,000 people having flocked to day one of the forum alone – drawn, most likely, by the presence of the Prime Ministers of Russia, France and Finland.

This year, the event is headlined “Disruption and Innovation: Game Changers Powering the Global Market.” At the event’s opening plenary discussion, the chairman of the session, the UK’s very own Jon Snow, declared Moscow “open for innovation business” and with the countless halls bustling with international media, technology world-leaders and Russian politicians, it is clear that Russia does indeed mean business. Technological business.

Stay tuned on ITProPortal as we bring you updates from this year’s event, including coverage of some exciting technologies such as 4D printing, interviews with experts in the field, and analysis of innovative new projects set to burst onto the world stage soon.