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 Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest.

 Where does a wise man hide a pebble? On the beach.

Where does a wise man evacuate a student conference that has long been organized to take place in Kiev? In the new office of Kaspersky Lab – the best company in the world. Playing the role of the “wise man” in this case was the indomitable Education Initiatives team.


 The Russia-CIS regional round of the CyberSecurity for the Next Generation international student conference was due to be held at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute within the framework of an international cooperation program. However, some tragic internal affairs placed insurmountable barriers on the road of cooperation… As a result, we had to change our plans not at the 11th hour but the very last minute to stage the event in our Yamal-Tiksi auditorium on Leningradskoe shosse.

 I should note that the frantic work schedule, nerves and sleepless nights brought out the best in my loyal little team. The girls rose to (and dressed for) the occasion, Sasha Pavlov worked his magic to sort out an online broadcast for overseas viewers, while on 21 February Kirill Mikhailov demonstrated the breadth of his many talents by doing 51 powerlifting bench presses.   

The guests, which included those from Kiev and Kharkov, thoroughly enjoyed themselves, expressing their admiration for everything: the conference room, the canteen, the views from the windows, and the virus lab… Although they were a bit disappointed that they couldn’t take their photos with Dali’s ‘Triumphant Elephant’ which still hadn’t arrived from London. But the kind host placated them with the perfectly rational explanation that, God willing, this would not be the last conference; and, judging by the enthusiasm that Eugene Kaspersky has been studying the pages of the ‘Mona Lisa’ catalogue of late, they may well have more than just Dali’s Elephant to see next time them come.

Just about everything else was the same as always – years of experience show that the students are clever and touching, the jury strict though friendly and fair, the guests attentive and appreciative, the weather beautiful, the food tasty… There was also a bit of novelty. For example, after all the conference work was over, the participants, i.e. guests, hosts, students, professors, experts, organizers and the chief editor of Hacker magazine, split up into 8 teams and, under the supervision of Vyacheslav Borilin, played the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation game. The winning team didn’t reach the coveted $1 million, however, they did get close – $990,000. Then there was the aforementioned online broadcast – the icing on the cake. The event was rounded off with an excursion around the nearby retro car museum, where we had dinner surrounded by Hispano-Suizas, Rolls Royces, Cadillacs, and a miniature three-wheeled Messerschmitt. This was also a first because even those who live in Moscow (including myself) had no idea that such a museum even existed.       

But the main thing was the result: KL once again offered some very talented and motivated students the opportunity to present not only their research in the field of IT but themselves. The three winners will be going to the finals at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in June. And that’s one venue that won’t be changing: the subjects of Charles XVI are very unlikely to turn Kungsholmen into a Swedish Euromaidan.

Veniamin Ginodman


First place winner Artem Shumilov and Deputy Head of Education Initiatives Natalya Obelets 


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