The small town of Dubna is located on the border of the Moscow and Tver regions (belongs to the Moscow region). In 1956, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research was founded here. From that moment on, the city began to be considered a science town (although it received official status only in 2001).
Dubna is a city of scientists, engineers, physicists and cyclists. What relation does it have to IT and Habra in particular?
As you know, not so long ago in this cozy town was founded a special economic zone. It was created with the aim of developing mainly IT and nanotechnology. Let's see what is happening here at the moment (in the comments you can compare it with the prospects of what will be in Skolkovo, for example).
To become a resident of the SEZ, the company must provide some innovative project that it intends to implement. Projects of applicants are considered 4 times a year. As a rule, everyone is welcome, so we will not dwell on this. If interested, ask questions in the comments.
What gives the company that it becomes a resident? The main plus is the possibility of renting an office in this very Special Economic Zone at a reduced price, which is 300 rubles per square meter (electricity, heating, air conditioning - everything is included). For non-resident companies - 900 rubles. Passive advantages: availability of conference rooms, which can be relatively inexpensive to rent; the status of the company-resident, to increase credibility (for example, when participating in tenders for government orders). For employees of resident companies also provides some benefits, for example, a discount on home purchases on credit in the SEZ. True, the houses themselves, in which housing will be sold, have not yet been built.
Here are some companies that work here: Ad Labs
, Agava, Intergrafika
, Progressive Media
, Tech Invest
At the moment, the main drawback is the inconvenience of travel for people. The SEZ is located on the left bank of the Volga River, and the entire infrastructure of the city is on the right bank. Between the banks, you can drive only through an outdated dam with a traffic light (first a cloud of cars in one direction, then the other). Travel by car takes 15-30 minutes depending on the number of cars. By bus - 40 minutes (runs once an hour). They promised to build a bridge across the Volga, but the project of the bridge was frozen for an unknown time. If there was a bridge, the road would take 5-7 minutes.A few pictures
In total, 4 buildings are now available (3 of which are already almost completely clogged by residents), a hotel, and also there is a new sports complex very close (with a swimming pool, gym, mini-football / basketball court). A road to the Volga is being built from the SEZ; they are going to start building an embankment in the near future. And this is only a small part of what was intended in the project of the Special Economic Zone "Dubna"
And, finally, a little about the city itself. You can reach it from Moscow from Savelovsky railway station (2 hours by train), from there by bus (1.5-2 hours) or by car along the Dmitrovskoe highway (127 km). The population of Dubna is 62,000 people. Dubna is surrounded by the Volga and Sister rivers, the Moscow Canal and the Ivankovo reservoir. The presence of a huge number of trees and water make this city one of the cleanest in the entire Moscow region.UPD: Added a video from comments: http://www.bbc.co.uk/russian/multimedia/2010/07/100720_dubna_skolkovo.shtml