In 2018 and 2019 the “Falling Walls Lab Stavropol” scientific contest final was held, organized by the North-Caucasus Federal University and the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
The “Falling Walls Lab” project was created in 2011 in honour of 20-th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – an event that changed the world in its time. The event brings together 77 venues in 57 countries. In Russia, there are only 4 of these – in Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, in Skolkovo Institute of Science and Tehcnology, Tomsk State University and in the North-Caucasus Federal University.
In 2018 around 40 applications were received, 25 of which were given the opportunity to represent their projects in the regional contest final. In 2019 more than 70 applications from 10 universities of the North-Caucasus Federal Region were received. Based on the results of the contest, the expert commission selected the winner, who then presented his project in the final of the contest in Berlin (Germany).
In 2018 the winner of the contest was NCFU chemist Nikolai Aksenov.
In 2019, assistant professor from Department of Engineering Structures of the North-Caucasus Ore Mining and Smelting Institute Zaurbek Abaev won the contest.
Two participants shared the 2-nd place: assistant professor form the Department of Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Simulation Maksim Deriabin with his project on ensuring data reliability and security in mobile peer-to-peer networks (MANET) and student form the Metal Industry Department of the North-Caucasus Ore Mining and Smelting Institute (State Technological University) Iaroslava Gerasimenko, who presented a project on recycling hard wastes at minimal cost.
The third place was awarded by the jury to three competitors at once: senior lecturer from the Department of Historical Disciplines and Methods of Teaching of the Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute Aleksandr Diuldemko suggested to create an affordable digital product using online-constructor of museum chat-bots to attract teenage audience. 4-th year student of the Institute of Oil and Gas Aleksandr Nazarenko ruined the walls of shortening development period for wells after formation hydraulic fracturing. The device he developed will provide faster wells depressurisation and a significant increase of hydrocarbon production. 4-th year student of the NCFU Institute of Information Technologies and Telecommunications Timur Radzhabov suggested a solution to make “smart houses” useful, affordable and attractive for people.
In addition, three participants were given the audience choice award: Bulares Uais, the student of the Pyatigorsk Medical and Pharmaceutical Institute who presented a technology project for production of different varieties of mint tea; 3-rd year student from the Institute of Education and Social Sciences Avetisian Nonna, who suggested an alternative communication technique to communicate with persons with health limitations; the North Ossetian State University student Gusov German with his study on creating routes using Physarum polycephalum slime mold.