The PERI Innovation Challenge

The PERI Innovation Challenge

On May 30th in the Naryn-Kala fortress of Derbent, the PERI Innovation Challenge competition for promising projects was held. Resident interns at the PERI Innovation business incubator submitted their innovative designs.

Choosing among the projects was left to some of the founders of the world’s most successful startups from Silicon Valley in the USA. The jury of experts included: William Shor, head of Caspian Foundation Venture Capital; Shervin Pishevar, chairman of the board of directors of Hyperloop One and co-founder and executive chairman of Sherpa Capital; Gustavo Sapoznik, founder and general director of ASAPP; Martin Roscheisen, general director of Diamond Foundry; and Noah Goodhart, founder of Moat.

Six projects in widely varied areas from medicine to coin-operated gaming were in the competition. Three startups made it into the final round—Cero, ClevAPI and Mediktur.

The 2D game Cero is a top-down shooter game that operates across various platforms. Each element in the game was created via a mathematical formula, that is, without any graphic artwork. Cero is based on particles that are generated and move chaotically. The leader of the project is 14-year-old Sagitav Sagitov.

ClevAPI offers technology with intelligent recognition of images for any application. This project was worked out by a team led by Timur Luguev.

Another startup, Medictour, was devised by young healthcare worker Ruslan Aidiev to enable clinics to arrange visits by highly qualified physicians who are also professors from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Russia’s other regions, as well as from abroad, in order to provide consultations and perform surgical procedures, or to conduct seminars and lectures. The expert jury from the USA named Cero the best startup project. Its lead developer, Sagitav Sagitov, will become an intern at one of the innovative companies in Silicon Valley.

Afterward, the event became an interactive one, and all the participants were able to put questions that interested them to the Dagestanis in attendance.