Best IT Projects and Technologies of 2020 Received News AWARDS

Awards for the most innovative solutions implemented by companies in the past year were presented at News FORUM 2020: Information Technologies Tomorrow. Five nominees were awarded by the organizers of News AWARDS.

News has awarded News AWARDS 2020 in Moscow for the best technologies and IT projects of the year. In part of the nominations, the winners were chosen by the editorial staff, in part – the distribution of seats entirely depended on the interactive voting of the IT community.

Both the voting and the presentation of the awards took place within the thirteenth annual News FORUM 2020: Information Technologies Tomorrow. For the first time in history, it was organized in a mixed format – mainly online, which was dictated by coronavirus restrictions.

The plenary session and the awarding ceremony of the award nominees took place in the traditional manner, but in the presence of only a small number of spectators. The event for a wide range of Internet viewers was broadcast on the main page of After the end of the plenary performances, the thematic sections were completely virtual.

Best Platform Service of the Year

SberCloud.Advanced, a line of basic and high-level cloud services, was recognized as the best platform service of the year as part of News AWARDS 2020.

The SberCloud.Advanced platform is designed to accelerate business digitalization and accelerate time-to-market for new products. It targets both small startups and corporations that run dozens of branches. Feder Prokhorov, Deputy Director for IT at Becloud, received the award from the organizers of News FORUM.

Best Russian technology

In the nomination “Russian Technologies” 40% of the votes of the IT community, which brought it to the first place among competitors, received the service of virtual hosts It is powered by artificial intelligence and allows you to create high-quality videos in a few minutes.

Digital Service of the Year

In the nomination “Digital Service of the Year” the award was given to the digital profile of a citizen, created by the efforts of the Ministry of Digital Industry. It allows you to remotely provide consent and transfer the necessary data through your personal account on a single portal of public services to credit, insurance and other organizations – to receive services in digital form.

Their clients can remotely order the issue of bank cards, fill out a client profile, update personal information, and use insurance services. Clients of ten banks can already fill out applications for remote loan provision. The award for the digital profile of a citizen was received by the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Digital Industry Dmitry Guryev.

Expansion of the year

Based on the results of an open vote, the award in the Expansion of the Year nomination was awarded to Ntechlab – it was chosen by 44% of real and virtual forum participants. The company develops computer vision systems based on artificial intelligence and neural networks.

The Ntechlab algorithm allows face recognition with an accuracy of up to 80% in a database of up to half a billion images. With a database size of several thousand faces, the recognition accuracy, according to the developers, reaches 99%. Finding a specific person among 1 billion faces takes less than half a second.

Ntechlab client network now includes more than 30 large clients in 15 countries of the world, including the CIS, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Europe.

The investment will expand Ntechlab technology and product line and will facilitate its expansion into key markets in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The News AWARDS was presented to Andrey Telenor, CEO of Ntechlab.

Office suite of the year

Office package of the year was recognized as “R7-office” – a solution for providing users with all the necessary office programs. It can completely replace Microsoft’s office software, the developers believe.

The desktop version includes editors for documents, spreadsheets and presentations, image and video viewers. The server version allows you to work on a local network thanks to a variety of collaboration tools on documents. It also includes applications for working with email, contacts and calendar, a mail server and a platform for building a corporate social network.

The award was presented to Natalia Agafonova, General Director of the company that developed the package, “New Communication Technologies”.

How was News FORUM 2020

In 2020, News FORUM – the largest independent meeting point for CIOs, IT company executives and government officials – was successfully held for the thirteenth time. For the first time, the organizers mastered a new format for the forum – a significant part of the event was held online.

During the forum, about 100 expert reports took place. In the session part, six thematic industry sections were held: “Public sector”, “Banks”, “Cloud technologies”, “Big data analytics”, “Trade”, “Industry”.

The plenary part of News FORUM was addressed by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Digital Industry Dmitry Guryev, IT Director at Russian Railways Yevgeny Charmin, Director of IT Department of Rostom Yevgeny Abakumov, IT Director, Member of the Board of Alfa-Bank Sergey Polyacid, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Moscow Credit Bank Sergey Putyatinsky, Regional Head of Veaam in Russia, CIS, Georgia and Ukraine Vladimir Kavain, Head of Dynatrace Representative Office in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan Igor Khomok, CEO, Member of the Board of Directors of Nauman Igor Kravchenko, Director of the Department for Support of Trade and Support Systems of the IT Block of the Moscow Exchange Grigori Vasilios , Country Manager for Information Systems and Business Solutions at Coca-Cola HBC Russia Stofan Valhi, IT Director at OMK Igor Savtsov, IT Director at T Plus Alexander Antoni and many others.