The event was opened by the rector of DSTU – Besarion Mehdi, as well as the director of the “Southern Region Media Park “of DSTU. Equal opportunities were created for all participants of the contest, and tasks were ranked according to different categories and levels. The finalists were provided with flights, accommodation and meals at the expense of the project organizers. Contestants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Russia took part in full-time participation. The online connection was for contestants from Armenia, Georgia, and Spain. Narxoz University, College of Economics of Narxoz University, and Suleyman Demirel University became partners of the International network project “Digital school” and in November 2019 organized a meeting and training with students for international speakers in Almaty and Bishkek. Head of the Career Center of Narxoz University, coordinator of the ALLVET project of the Erasmus+ program Gaini Mukhanova was invited as an international member of the competition jury. From Kazakhstan Akhmetzhanova Aizada, a student of the 11th grade of school №113, was in the final of the competition in the category “Video”. Kirill Akulov, 2nd year student of the College of Economics of Narxoz University, took 2nd place in the category “IT-project”. The scientific director of the Kirill Akulov’s project is the Head of the center of Information technology and testing of the Economic College of Narxoz University – Kuralay Mukhsina.
December 18, 2019-on the first day of the Festival, participants were given an excursion to the Museum of the Don Cossack guard. On December 19, 2019, a tour was organized of the DSTU and Rostov-on-Don. The participants’ project works and the award ceremony for the winners of the International competition of IT school and media projects were broadcast live on the Internet and on local television (digitalacadem.com; rostovlife.ru).