“Be SMART. SMART is cool!” — Igor Bekh, Head of Education (InnoCamp) at Innovecs

April 21, 2021 2 min read

The 21st century is the era of SMART things. First, SMART things allow you to unload life and automate a human being’s daily routine responsibilities. For example, it could be an alarm clock that synchronizes information with an intelligent mattress and turns on the alarm after the next phase of the user’s sleep. A car that warms up the engine before the owner leaves the apartment. Or an intelligent refrigerator that compiles a shopping list based on the smartphone user’s diet.

But all these SMART technologies have SMART people behind them. We asked Igor Bekh, Head of Education (InnoCamp), who SMART people are and what the SMART approach is in the company and teams’ work.


What qualities does a SMART person possess?

SMART people are not just smart — they combine a broad outlook with deep expertise at once, for example, in a specific technology. They are self-disciplined, creative, innovative, and always ask the questions “Why?”, “What for?”, “For what purpose?” to solve this or that problem. Being SMART means thinking differently. True intellectuals question the status quo, old concepts, and methods. Their ideas are unusual and unconventional. It is intelligence that helps them solve non-standard problems. There is a correlation between intelligence and creativity, allowing SMART people to find simple answers to complex questions.

What is the SMART approach in the work of the company and teams?

The SMART approach is a commonly known approach that allows us to formulate precise, achievable, and realistic goals, limited in time, and at the same time produce outstanding results. SMART philosophy in goal setting is clarity and accuracy of the task, a basis for discussion and cooperation between teams, and a powerful motivational tool.

What problems do SMART people face?

SMART people are often called “nerds”, “geeks”, but in fact, you should not shy away from the reality of being Smart. In a broad sense, a SMART person is very passionate about something. Being enthusiastic does not allow giving up the work half done or becoming discouraged and moving forward every day. SMART people combine creativity and sharpness of mind. They are artistic and generate cool ideas.

Why is it cool to be SMART?

A SMART person spends less time looking for a solution. Therefore, one will be able to spend more time with family and friends. On the other hand, one quickly deals with household arrangements or personal issues. SMART people are open to new ideas and opportunities. They are ready to accept and consider other viewpoints and look for alternative solutions to the problem. People with high intelligence are less likely to believe stereotypes and prejudices. They do not take things at face value and wait for sufficient evidence or look for it independently. Be SMART; SMART is cool!

Is a high IQ a sign of being SMART?

Obviously, IQ determines the level of intellectual development, but SMART people are far beyond being simply clever. When you are SMART, you are flexible and can adapt well to different conditions. You demonstrate effective behavioral strategies, regardless of difficulties and limitations.


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Unity As a Weapon Against Evil: How Volunteering Helps Resist Russia’s Enemy Attack
Innovecs is a global company, we have two large offices in Ukraine located in Kyiv and Mykolayiv. On February 24, Ukrainians woke up to a new reality — a hostile Russian invasion shattered the plans and quiet lives of 45 million people. Instead of getting confused, the Ukrainians united in the name of victory. President Zelenskiy is now compared to King David of Israel, who skillfully dealt with the huge and ugly Goliath. A small country on a map is fighting a huge Russian army. National collective responsibility has been a powerful blow in response to Russia’s legend of a weak and divided Ukraine. Here everyone is either a soldier or a volunteer. Each of us has our own battlefront. Someone hospitably opens the door to migrants, makes dumplings for soldiers in the defense, someone donates to the army, and seeks options to buy bulletproof vests and medical kits for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Someone performs DDoS attacks on Russian sites and is waging an active war on the information front. Some advise and provide psychological assistance, some treat and organize humanitarian convoys free of charge. Innovecs, like hundreds of others, has joined the financial support of the army. We also organized additional fundraising for each team member who wanted to donate money to support the army. Of course, Innovecsers help not only with funding, but also volunteer. Today we will share some stories of our team members who chose their “battlefront” during the war with Russia.