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NURIS digest for October&November
Hello, dear NU community! After a long weekends, it's time to go back to reality ;-)

For you attention the NURIS digest below to read about the most important events in October and November 2019.

We hope that our digest has helped you to stay up to date with regard to the latest NURIS news.

Enjoy your reading!
For 5 days, we have been introducing the Nazarbayev University community and external guests to the Innovation Cluster units through presentations, quizzes, contests and events!
Central Asia Startup Show:
presentation of TOP-50 NURIS startups
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster (NURIS) held an international event with the involvement of the best 50 2019 startup projects from 9 cities and 4 countries of Central Asia.
Hydroplat has won the ClimateLaunchpad international competition in the Clean Mobility nomination.
130 world countries, 6 nominations and the much-awaited prize - funding of 5,000 euros for the project 🙌🏆. Also, the German government representatives remarked this project and invited the guys to get involved in the KIKK Festival, which will be held in Germany in March next year.
Meet the new NURIS mascot!
Our mascot gave a special mood for the NURIS Innovation Week, conveyed the meaning of all activities and helped everyone to appreciate the warm atmosphere. We were the most scrupulous about choosing our symbol and decided to make the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster as embodiment of one of the cutest creatures named NURIS 😍
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster took part in KazAgro, the largest Kazakhstan agriculture exhibition
From October 23-25, 10 of our innovation agricultural projects were presented at the NURIS exhibition stand. Project managers and startup founders told visitors about their developments in detail✅
Developers and researchers of the NURIS got involved in the "Astana Health" exhibition
On October 24-25, the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster took part in the Astana Zdorovie international healthcare exhibition, which was held in Pavilion C 3.6 of Astana Expo. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
NURIS Motivibe: guest lecture by Murat Abdrakhmanov
On October 9, Murat Abdrakhmanov, the famous Kazakhstan entrepreneur and venture investor delivered a speech at the platform of the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster

First-time businessmen were advised on how best to present their projects to a potential investor, what common mistakes should be avoided and what to invest maximum resources in.

Official visit of the Kazakhstan Government to NURIS
On October 4, for learning the innovative and scientific-technical efforts of the University, the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster invited a delegation of deputies of the Republic of Kazakhstan Parliament Mazhilis headed by the Chairman of the Social and Cultural Development Committee, Chairman of the Republic of Kazakhstan Science Committee, Vice Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Education and Science, Vice Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace. ⠀
Meetup for the "Space is our Future" contest with a total prize fund of $ 10,000
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster together with Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary national company announced a competition to handle applied space problems.
The speakers were:
✅Aimbetov Aydin, Kazakhstan astronaut
✅Rosalie Lopez, NASA researcher
✅Aybergen Ruslanuly, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary Board.
The main stage of "TOM: NUR-SULTAN", the Makeathon international social project.
On October 28, the Makeathon participating teams presented their 72 hours-made engineering designs!
The engineered devices will facilitate the daily life of disabled people (need knowers).
The main principle is the synergy of technology and ingenuity to solve the real life difficulties of need knowers.
The KAMAZ chassis-based robotic car project has been completed.
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster, together with VIST Group (Tsifra Group of Companies) and KAMAZ PJSC has completed a large one-and-a-half-year international project regarding a Kamaz 5490 Neo-based robotic tractor unit.
Workshop on registration and protection of intellectual property from NURIS
NURIS in the USA
The NURIS team headed by Aidar Zhakupov, CEO, visited the largest US international innovation and startup platforms @techcrunch, @facebook, @ 500startups & @plugandplaytc
Our Startup goes to Skolkovo!
Our start-up graduate Sabit Bakirov, the founder of AI-Legal, was selected under the competition for the @technoparksk, international startups Softlanding program.
Workshop on the Accurate Positioning and Estimation of Atmospheric Water Vapor Using GNSS Observations
From October 28 to November 9, the "Marathon of workshops" about "Accurate Positioning and Estimation of Atmospheric Water Vapor Using GNSS Observations" was held in 3 different cities and countries: Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Kabul (Afghanistan) and Islamabad (Pakistan) by Rui Manuel da Silva Fernandes (PhD), a geospecialist.
Guest lecture by Aidan Karibzhanov "Features of investment in Central Asia".

On October 25, NURIS Motivibe, together with NU GSB, gave a guest lecture about "Features of investment in Central Asia" by Aidan Karibzhanov.

Mr. Karibzhanov has been being the main shareholder and the CEO of Visor Kazakhstan, since April 2017, the CEO of Visor Holding since 2014.

In October, the Fab Lab, digital prototyping lab gave Arduino courses.
The course includes the following:

  • Basic concepts. General information about microcontrollers.
  • Electronic components and their properties
  • Assembly of electrical circuits on circuit boards
  • Arduino programming basics
  • Experiments with Arduino
  • Connection and programming of external devices
For the first time, Fab Lab gave a course in professional robotic technology!
The course attendees learned not only the basics of robotic technology, but also:
  • Website programming, bot telegram and mobile platform management;
  • Fundamentals of microcontroller programming, operation in Linux system and communication between computer systems;
  • Learning the fundamental theoretical backgrounds, common practical knowledge, ready-to-design "pocket" system
Congratulations to our startups to be successfully selected for the MOST acceleration program!
On October 11, three NURIS startups were invited to BootCamp in honor of the launch of the 10th anniversary Acceleration Program.
Over 100 applications have been received to participate in the Acceleration Program, 13 startups have been selected, 3 of them ours: Egistic, TOP, TuraqShare. Congratulations!
The NURIS Technopark resident collaborates with ArcelorMittal Temirtau

Under the auspices of Astana Engineering Technopark resident, NURIS, within the framework of the signed Consortium Agreement is currently testing fiber-optic security technologies for the security of ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC territory and facilities.
The turaQshare startup project team of Nazarbayev University students and graduates has made the final in the Smart Zholy republican startup competition
TuraQshare is a mobile platform helping parking space owners to easily rent out their place in a residential complex parking lot, and automobile fans to rent this place for an hour, day, week or month, for example, near their place of work. Congratulations to TuraQshare on winning! The prize is a ticket to Singapore for the Echelon Asia Summit 2019 contest in May, where the children will have the chance to announce their project to the world innovation community of Southeast Asia 🌏.
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster has announced an exclusive incubation program for Nazarbayev University last year students
If you are a NU fourth-year student and are working on a graduation project, you are afforded to upgrade your business skills and project management from experienced trainers! Capstone + Incubation is a program of a series of lectures and workshops for developing student projects📈
Dates: from October 28, 2019 to April 17, 2020 (2 hours a week)
The best projects will receive special prizes from NURIS: 150k, 200k, 300k tenge!
How our startups learned to present their projects to the mass media

On October 8, practicing journalists from @khabartv, @kazakh_tv, @ tvkhabar24, online publications @thesteppe and bnews 💻📺 were invited to the expert session for our startups.

The guys talked about their projects and answered tricky questions from journalists as if they were in real interviews. Also, media experts gave the guys advice on how best to present information to mass media. ⠀⠀

Asylzhan Upasheva, Senior Manager of NURIS Business Incubator, moderated the International IT Forum
At the International IT Forum in Karaganda, Asylzhan Upasheva, Senior Manager of NURIS Business Incubator, moderated the panel session: "Prospects and problems of training IT specialists"

For Asylzhan, this was the first experience as a moderator. Despite this, she held properly a panel session, providing a creative and friendly atmosphere for a joint discussion, supported and guided the attendees, and controlled the time schedule.

NURIS MotiVibe: An open guest lecture about "Design Thinking: at work and in life" by Anita Akisheva
On October 28, at NURIS, Anita Akisheva, Chief Creative Officer of Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan, shared secrets on how to develop creative thinking. The lecture attendees learned:
✅ Why the creativity today is needed in all areas
✅Basic cases and stages of design thinking
✅How to introduce creativity into your work, launch a project or even a business.
NURIS MotiVibe: guest lecture "From model aircrafts to drones - from hobbies to business" by Madiyar Smagulov
Lecture attendees have
✅Heard the success story: how a hobby has grown into a business;
✅Got knowledge from an experienced expert in model aircraft construction and pilotless aircraft;
✅ Examined the prospects for cooperation with a company;
✅ Got a chance to undertake an internship in a company.
Also the lecture provided a contest with memorable prizes from NURIS!
NURIS MotiVibe: guest lecture "How to start trading and algorithmic trading
Main topics:
  • What traps await you in personal finance management, in trading and algorithmic trading?
  • Current market conditions, examples from real trading and available tools for algorithmic trading.
  • The workshop attendees will also gain access to some of the Wealtrix tools used.
The lecture was given by Aitpayev Kairat, a teacher, researcher and businessman, one of the best specialists in Kazakhstan in machine learning and computer vision.
NURIS MotiVibe: Workshop on designing hardware products from scratch.
Main topics:
  • Product design basics;
  • New product design planning;
  • Product design cycles / stages;
  • What is MVP;
  • Selection of teams from scratch and within the company;
  • Team management.
The workshop was conducted by Aleksandr Nesterenko, invited expert from Ukraine. Aleksandr is experienced a lot in hardware products, the launch of high-volume production, and the engineering and technical support for projects.
NURIS Motivibe: Daniyar Amanaliyev, founder of the coworking network in Bishkek and Osh
Daniyar Amanaliyev considers atmospheric coworking for Kyrgyz creatives very important. ⠀ ⠀
On the example of ololo and other Kyrgyz companies, the guests of the lecture discussed how to start a small business, do without a business plan and create the largest coworking network in Central Asia, being in its poorest part.
The unique story about the creation of OlOlO, an effective model for scaling up co-working spaces, and the plans for building a city of digital nomads near Issyk-Kul impressed and inspired many attendees.
NURIS MotiVIbe: Guest lecture about "A Lifetime Career in Entrepreneurship" by Joseph Ziegler, Astana Hub CEO, Doctor.
Information about the speaker:
✅Leader in "C" level technologies, with 20 years of international experience as a founder and chief technology officer in cloud technologies, data privacy and blockchain technologies.
✅Five successful launches of innovative technology startups, and the launch of two startups to the IPO NASDAQ
✅Dr. Ziegler manages a private equity fund for innovation companies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, founded in Singapore
✅As CEO at Astana Hub, supervises the enhancement of Kazakhstan's ecosystem startup
#MadeinNURIS: Winglets commissioned by a Technopark resident
The Technopark resident has ordered from Qazdron the manufacture of winglets - this is the extreme part of the aircraft's wing structure for yaw stability during flight✈️. ⠀ ⠀
The customer introduced the designed 3D model of the half-mold. The Machine Shop engineers completed the following assignments:
✅ engineered controlled programs in the Siemens NX system
✅ matched the necessary tools
✅ set machine
✅ processed the matrix half-form on a 5 coordinate milling machine DMU50 (DMG MORI)
#MadeinNURIS: New designed mobile carts for the NU library
The University library got an application for the design and manufacture of 15 library carts.
The customer required the product to be suitable in size, color, mobility and load capacity. The design engineer worked out the design of the cart with decorative elements.
The Machine Shop engineers have performed the following complex assignments:
✅ shaped pipe bending operations
✅laser cutting
✅ welding
✅ machining, painting and assembly
Machine Shop has first launched welding workshops⚒
You will learn the operation principles of welding equipment, learn the basics of welding and weldability of various materials. Hands-on will help you gain welding skills and learn all the details of welding.

The total duration of the courses is 28 hours, 7 hours thereof will be theoretical training, 18 hours – hands-on, The exam for the course will last 3 hours. Following training, the attendees will receive a certificate of welding practical course 📝

#MadeinNURIS: Mailboxes in a modern style!
The Machine Shop engineers have completed another external order - elements of the future numerated mailbox. The element is metal door shaped with certain bends along the edges, which makes the structure solid, rigid and operationally reliable. The cut-out number on the door is a design solution that will give the external aesthetics and originality of the mailbox.

The customer prepared the files for cutting parts and provided the material. The Machine Shop engineers have set up the laser machine, performed a trial cut on a 0.8 mm sheet.

The Mass Media about NURIS
Forbes: Nur Sultan selected the best startups in Central Asia
On November 20, Wednesday, the capital held the international Central Asia Startup Show, organized by Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System
Kazakhstankaya Pravda: The future lies with new developments
The Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster presented its top 50 startups at Central Asia Startup Show
Capital: Things will straighten out: useful startups were presented in Nur Sultan
The creators of ambitious Education & HR projects set their mind on raising investment
InBusiness.kz: US Ambassador: Entrepreneurship is the economy driver
The US Embassy in Kazakhstan, as cooperated with Nazarbayev University, launched the first Tech Central Asia program.
We Project: 50 best startups of Central Asia were presented in the capital of Kazakhstan
On November 20, the capital was a place of holding the Central Asia Startup Show forum which brought together the best 2019-year 50 startup projects in e-commerce, education, HR, agricultural technology, "clean technologies" and manufacturing industry.
Khabar 24: Central Asia Startup Show was held in Nur Sultan | Digital Kazakhstan
The piece of the Central Asia Startup Show on the "Digital Kazakhstan" program of Khabar 24
Khabar 24: Laboratory-yurt of green technologies І Digital Kazakhstan
The piece of Shell Yurt and the SHM startup on the "Digital Kazakhstan" program of Khabar 24
Khabar 24: Driverless tractor was presented in Nur Sultan | Digital Kazakhstan
The piece of the contract research office project on the "Digital Kazakhstan" program of Khabar 24
Kazakh TV: Regional Focus. 20.11.2019

The best startup projects of Central Asian countries were presented in the capital of Kazakhstan
The Astana Times: Kazakhstan Moves Toward Becoming Tech Innovation Hub
Commentary by Anarbek Utegulov, the Head of the business incubator for The Astana Times.
Zakon: Dariga Nazarbayeva brought up the issue of using new technologies
Innovative solutions and startup projects were presented to the Senate deputies.
Capital: How smart technology helps oil producers
Kazakhstanis have elaborated a solution to optimize well work and costs
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