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Generation IT: Oncopoisk and Pocket Doctor
A Yakut student creates and promotes medical startups for the republic and the Far East
Viktor Belostotsky is still studying within the walls of the North-Eastern Federal University, but he has already made a significant contribution to improving the life of the Yakut people - the student has developed the Oncopoisk application. Over the past month, more than three thousand Yakutians have used the platform. This is not Victor's first medical application - before that he introduced "Pocket Doctor" for testing drug compatibility. How the idea of medical startups appeared, what awaits IT in Yakutia and the Far East and whether the market will be oversaturated with specialists, Viktor Belostotsky said in an interview with EastRussia.
- Why did you choose the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics?
- For three reasons. THEM is a storehouse of mathematical knowledge, there is a good mathematical school here. It became a logical continuation of my educational trajectory. First I graduated from one of the Moscow universities, my education is associated with the development of startups. I was almost the first in Russia to receive such an education. My diploma says - "Legal support and development of startups."
I am in business informatics. Now I create technological products, we speak at various events, participate in conferences. Both the institute and the entire community that has been created in Yakutia thanks to the head help us. All of this creates a conducive environment for making the world's coolest products. I have someone to look up to: the guys from MyTona, InDriver, all their main developers graduated from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of NEFU or another technical university. Well, and the third reason why I chose THEM is that I like to do science, "big data", and all conditions have been created for this.
- What achievements are you most proud of?
- I would divide this point into four directions. The first is my personal achievements. I am proud to have served in the Airborne Forces. "IMI" -sniper-scout is, of course, something that does not really fit, but it is so. In addition, I am a candidate for master of sports in combat sambo.
In public life, I am the Deputy Chairman of the Youth Government of Yakutia. And I am also the first Yakutian to lead the innovation committee at the Youth Parliament of the State Duma and the Federal Assembly. It was a breakthrough not only for Yakutia, but for the entire Far East.
Professionally, in 2019 I became the best young entrepreneur in Russia in the IT nomination. It is also a great achievement for me that my own company is now successfully developing products. One of the latter is the Oncopoisk service. I make products that make the world a better place.
I have always been involved in the development of computer sports. He represented both Yakutia and the Far East at competitions. Now I am on the board of the Presidium of the Russian Federation of Computer Sports. I've always found it interesting.
- How did the "Pocket Doctor" appear?
- Once I realized that it is in medicine that I can do something cool. And then, as always happens in life, we met with a medical student, Mikhail Titov. He is my friend from the Youth Government of Yakutia, he works in a republican hospital. I came to him with my idea, he brought it to mind a little, he also had his own thoughts. The two projects have merged into one, and now there is the "Pocket Doctor" service. This is a platform for the selection of drugs, for their interaction. We have segmented the data that has accumulated in the hospital over 15 years. Of course, they are impersonal.
- What do you think, can the IT market overflow with specialists?
- Sometime, probably, this can happen, but in IT there is such a nuance: here your knowledge becomes outdated very quickly. Therefore, those who are willing to study hard will always be in demand. Of course, if we predict, after some time there will be a lot of IT specialists, such as lawyers or accountants, but not all of them will work. In general, the educational level of people who understand technology will be higher. And this is favorable for the modern world. The market will be very competitive. Every year it becomes more difficult to find a job and it becomes easier to program, various services like Bubble and Tilda appear, they take part of the work from programmers. But complex large systems still cannot be made “on the knee”, specialists will always be needed. My call: develop and learn. While you sleep, someone is getting better!
- What do you think, what areas in IT in the Far East will develop in the near future and why?
- The education market is moving in one direction. Educational programs are based on what specialties are in demand, what people need. I think that everything will develop as a whole. You will need technical designers, web development, business developers, few business informatics specialists. We need people who know how to calculate the budget, introduce a team, make up, as in large companies, new generation managers who raised large services, and did not deal with websites overnight. I can take any role in the team, and just such people will be in demand. And, of course, mathematicians will be needed. Mathematics is the queen of sciences, without it anywhere.
- What are your plans for the near future?
- Now we with the "Pocket Doctor" got to the Russian-Chinese youth business incubator. Now we are studying remotely, in November we will go to China. We are also studying in the B8 accelerator, which is funded by the Yakutia Venture Company. Soon we will have a demo day, based on it it will be known whether we will receive mentoring and further development. We are currently working hard on the product and its launch. According to one of the conditions of the accelerator, a new legal entity must be created. I think we will open it in my small homeland. I myself am from the Srednekolymsky region, my mother and grandmother are from there.
I think we must create the first Arctic IT company, we must motivate young people that they can come to Yakutsk from Srednekolymsk, unlearn and create a company. My goal is to look for talents in the Arctic, Yakutia, the Far East - this is my home, I want to create new jobs here. And I also want to successfully complete a master's degree in parallel with business and continue to engage in science. Because it is in the right hands that scientific data can and should be commercialized.