«Sikorsky Challenge 2013» awards from president

November 20, 2013 at the National Technical University of Ukraine " Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" were held a meeting of the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and young inventors who participated in the finals of the All-Ukrainian festival of innovation projects "Sikorsky Challenge 2013" .

It's the second time presedentional fundation "Ukraine" provide a special prize for Ukrainian festival of innovation projects "Sikorsky Challenge 2013".

"I'm very glad that such a good thing, as an innovative festival that we launched last year, is gaining momentum, the former president said. Of course, this is an acheivement of KPI Rector Michael Zgurovsky. The initiative to hold this contest belong to him. For me, as an engineer and as a politic that led the country in hard times, there's no doubt about innovative alternatives or the future of our country, - stated Leonid Kuchma.There is no Reliable source of economic development and welfare of the people than innovation, today and in the near future. Today even rich in energy countries like Russia , United Arab Emirates and others are looking for innovations. And in the U.S., EU, Japan and even China have long understood this. That's where today 's biggest banks of innovative patents are concentrated. However, we have a chance to succeed in this business. Our reserves - hard work , creativity and perseverance of the Ukrainian people. Above all, we have to work hard - and the result will be, believes Leonid Kuchma . In particular, he hopes for our young students with whom he communicate a lot. That is why the President's Fund "Ukraine" came in close cooperation with the KPI in this important area - the involvement of young people and students to innovation. "

Rector of the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" Michael Zgurovsky thanked Leonid Kuchma for taking care of the youth and remainded that under Kuchma's presidency was formed the legal basis of technology innovation development, created new parks, public policy emphasis was placed on the development of domestic high-tech industries, supporting basic and applied research.