Ukrainian startup aims to help small farmers work more efficiently

A new tech startup from Ukraine aims to improve the efficiency of small farmers with help from out-of-this-world technology – the GPS satellite network.

Michael Utkin, 36, is the founder of eFarmer, which has harnessed the GPS satellite-based navigation system to optimize the use of farm machinery on the ground.

“My mission in life is to spread smart agriculture innovations to farmers all over the world with mobile technologies,” Utkin says.

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Ukrainian students win bronze medal at world programming championship

A Ukrainian student team was ranked 11th and awarded with a bronze medal at the 40th International Collegiate Programming Contest of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM ICPC).

This year, 128 teams took part in the finals held at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand.

By solving nine out of thirteen problems, the Lviv National University team a.k.a. ‘LNU Pinguins’ managed to maintain Ukraine among the winners, following gold and silver medals in 2008 and 2013.

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Cross-border e-commerce players from 20 countries to meet in Kyiv (June 9)

On June 9, the Ukrainian capital will play host to Cross-border export e-commerce Ukraine 2016, an international exhibition and conference which is expected to attract some 500 attendees.

The congress will bring together representatives of local online and offline e-commerce companies, local and international providers of warehousing, courier and parcel services, fulfillment and payment services.

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Beetroot Academy

Swedish-Ukrainian company finds IT education lights path to growth

Andreas Flodström and Gustav Henman, two young Swedish entrepreneurs, came to Ukraine in September 2012 knowing “OK Russian” and with the shared goal of setting up a business in Eastern Europe “from scratch.”

That same year they set up a software development company in Poltava, a provincial capital of 290,000 people some 350 kilometers east of Kyiv (Kiev). They started an information technology business in Ukraine because the country has the reputation of being a regional leader in this sector.

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In Lviv, computer art festival aims to stop brain drain from Ukraine (June 3-5)

A non-stop, three-day international computer art festival De:coded will be held in Lviv (Lvov), western Ukraine, on June 3-5, attracting everyone interested in technologies, from programmers to designers, to scientists.

“The main goal of the festival is to reduce the brain drain from Ukraine. We want to show both our citizens and international players that Ukrainians have a huge potential in engineering and creativeness,” said event organizer Anastasiya Tumanova.

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Viktoriya Tigipko

TA Ventures founding partner Viktoriya Tigipko: “The quality of Ukrainian startups has been improving”

Despite its political woes, Ukraine is country of technology talent with a plethora of startups going through local and global acceleration programs and receiving support from investors.

One of Ukraine’s largest institutional venture funds, TA Ventures, has been around for some six years, and is active on both local and international markets.

“We focus on startups with global potential in such sectors as fintech, digital health, big data, cloud computing, and online marketplaces,” said the fund’s founding partner Viktoriya Tigipko.

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Ukrainian activists leak personal information of 7901 war reporters in Donbas

Earlier this month the Ukrainian activist website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”) published a spreadsheet listing what appear to be the names and details of thousands of journalists who have received accreditation to report in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).

The database was published with little publicity, until a Facebook post on May 10 by Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and an advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister, Arsen Avakov. The release of this list, titled “7901 scoundrels,” has prompted the condemnation of both Ukrainian and foreign journalists and media organizations around the world as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Ukraine’s MarsHopper tops People’s Choice finalists of NASA SpaceApps Challenge

Developed by a team from Kyiv (Kiev), the Ukrainian MarsHopper aircraft project tops the list of the People’s Choice finalists of NASA’s SpaceApps Challenge 2016, one of the world’s largest international annual hackathons.

The voting will close on May 20, the hackathon’s website said. As of 11:00 Kyiv time on Tuesday, May 17, MarsHopper, which is computer modeling of a plane for investigation of Mars poles and its surroundings, scored about 12,300 supporters’ votes.

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Kyiv to hold first-ever startup football cup (June 4)

On June 4, Ukraine’s young high tech industry will thrill to the StartUP Football 3×3 Cup, the first ever startup football club in the country and   — in such a format — in the world.

No less than 300 football matches will be held at eleven playgrounds in Kyiv (Kiev) with the participation of some 150 amateur teams of three or four players each representing one of the four leagues — startup, investor and corporate, IT industry, entrepreneur.

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Ukrainian startup claims to make content loading four times faster to enhance mobile apps

A Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup has just launched a media content optimization solution for mobile applications called ‘Pixpie.’ By speeding up content loading, this technology delivers pictures “2-4 times faster than typical content delivery networks” (CDN), the startup claims.

In addition, Pixpie, which handles storage of app content, helps mobile app developers offload their servers and improve server performance. App developers may also expect “simplified media management” thanks to Pixpie’s CMS solution, while various effects can be applied to images (such as blur, rounded corners, and many others).

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