The award ceremony of the 6th all-Russian contest “Thank the Internet” took place in Moscow on December 3 on the sidelines of the Runet Awards ceremony. The winners were named by the jury comprising representatives of the Russian Pension Fund, Rostelecom, the Russian Telecom Association, and the Regional Civil Center for Internet Technologies.
The contest was won as follows:
“Gosuslugi.ru Public Services portal: My experience” nomination
1 place: Alexandra Alexandrovna Afanasyeva, Novosibirsk region.
2 place: Larisa Nikolayevna Yakovleva, Novgorod region.
3 place: Yulia Andreyevna Zagorodnikova. Saratov region.
“My Internet Achievements” nomination
1 place: Yevdokia Yegorovna Blinova, Nizhny Novgorod region.
2 place: Yulia Vasilyevna Yershova, Voronezh region.
3 place shared by Svetlana Mikhailovna Gasilova, Pskov region, and Lyudmila Iosifovna Osipyuk, Amur region.
“InternetEntrepreneur, InternetEmployer“ nomination
1 place: Tatiana Nikolayevna Ushanova, Ulyanovsk region.
2 place: Natalia Sergeyevna Morova, Mari El Republic.
3 place: Yelena Fedorovna Kruglyakova, Saratov region.
“My Civic Internet Initiative” nomination
1 place: Vera Yakovlevna Zaitseva, Saratov region.
2 place: Nailya Saitovna Krainova, Tatarstan.
3 place: Margarita Alexandrovna Sorochyeva, Moscow region.
“I, an Internet Star” nomination
1 place: Valentina Georgiyevna Soldatova, Tatarstan.
2 place: Vladimir Ivanovich Zhilenko, Crimea.
3 place: Natalia Yuryevna Shcherbinina, Krasnoyarsk Territory.
“My Internet ABC” nomination
1 place: Marina Valeryevna Makoyan, Tambov region.
2 place: Maria Andreyevna Zavizion, Volgograd region.
3 place: Lyudmila Vladimirovna Varyas, Omsk region.
The contest also yielded a rating of regions’ activity towards raising computer awareness of senior citizens. The Republic of Tatarstan remains the invariable leader in the “Most Active Region” nominations; it has been defeated by the Krasnoyarsk Territory just once throughout the contest history.
The Top 10 active regions of 2020 are:
The Republic of Tatarstan — 805 participants (18.13%);
The Voronezh region — 557 participants (12.54%);
The Orenburg region — 281 participants (6.33%);
The Moscow region — 267 participants (6.01%);
The Ulyanovsk region — 176 participants (3.96%);
The Saratov region — 173 participants (3.90%);
The Tyumen region — 166 participants (3.74%);
The Rostov region — 49 participants (3.36%);
The Kemerovo region — 145 participants (3.27%);
The Krasnoyarsk Territory — 134 participants (3.02%).
More than 4,600 applications were filed for the 2020 contest from 77 regions. Notably, 84% of projects were presented by residents of medium-sized and small towns and rural areas.
An average age of participants was 63.4; seven contestants were older than 90, and the two most senior participants were 97.
Sixty percent of projects were presented by pensioners trained in specialized courses, and 40% of pensioners trained themselves, in particular, using the Internet ABC program. Compared to the previous years, the number of people who master computer user skills on their own is constantly growing: the share stood at 37.5% in 2019, as against 32.8% in 2018, and 31% in 2017.
Users of the Public Services portal constituted 91.3% of the contestants in 2020, compared to 84.4% in 2019. The reason is not just the coronavirus-related self-isolation and the need to address as many issues from home as possible but also the general rise in computer awareness of Russian pensioners and the convenience of available services.
Read more about the “Thank the Internet” contest.