To get answers to the question of what Armenia will look like in another 100 years, we asked five alumni, who live and work in Armenia, about their vision of the future. Ani, Matthieu, Hasmik, Garo and Aimee all came from different countries and work in very different sectors.
Matthieu Sahakian, 25, France | Project Manager, Volo
I have been here in Armenia, working in the IT industry for one year now. I can see so much talent creativity and optimism. On the internet there are no borders, no 'line of contact' and this for the people here just changes absolutely everything.
The field is moving so fast; I already see so much innovation and growing business, it's even hard to imagine how powerful it will be here in Armenia in let's say 10 more years. But for sure I can say that the 'Silicon Mountain' will be a well-known place to do way more than software development. The 'Silicon Mountain' will be the place to digitize ideas. The 'Silicon Mountain' in 2118 will have been the laboratory, the place of birth of the next 'Big Thing,' it will be higher than Ararat...
Aimee Keushguerian, 24, USA 24 | Head of Innovation, Wine Works
In 100 years, the wine industry in Armenia will be unrecognizable. The Areni region will be the leading wine tourist destination in Armenia. There will be a lot of small grape growers and producers having boutique size wineries under their homes in cellars. The wines will be valued by village location and particular vineyard sites, very much like the Burgundy model. Armavir and Ashtarak regions will be home to large producers with large-scale plantings of vineyards. In 100 years, the wine industry will continue to flourish and survive another millennium.
Ani Andree, 31, Germany 31 | Consultant, Ministry of Education and Science
In 2118, Armenia will be a hub for international teams and projects. Why? Because education will focus on Armenia's natural strengths that are hospitality and different cultural influences.
Within the next 100 years, Armenia will be a pioneer in environmental projects, being open to tech innovation and pilots in mobility, farming, energy and more. School kids will know how to use nature without destroying it. Armenia will be a green space laboratory full of nerds.
Garo Serpekian, 35, Jordan 35 | CEO, Pathfinder Travel
Armenia has a huge potential that makes it a want-to-visit destination. Armenia's rich nature and culture are assets that should be used to the full extent. If that's done properly along with the right tax laws and management, Armenia can definitely become one of the top destinations for travelers, hosting tens of millions of tourists every year. The recent developments and the new generation give good indications that the future is bright.
Hasmik Badoyan, 26, Russia 26 | Assistant Curator/Researcher, HAYP Pop Up Gallery
By 2118 all the abandoned Soviet industrial spaces have been rebuilt and transformed into hi-tech havens for creative types from all over the world. The collections of Matenadaran and other archives have been digitized and made available to anyone to research and reuse. Art and technology are inseparable here, at the same time Armenia is one of the few places you can still find wild communities of artists and shamans in the mountains of Aparan.