Mobile World Congress

Ericsson, Facebook, Intel CEOs and other key executives to speak at Mobile World Congress 30th edition

Mobile World Congress, a four-day international conference on the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors, will hold its 30th edition in late February 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. More than 95,000 attendees  are expected to attend the event.

“We’re less than a month away from Mobile World Congress and our 2016 edition is set to be our broadest, most exciting event yet,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer of GSMA.

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Ukrainian-American startup raises $2.6 million to “make lives better for pet parents and their pets”

Earlier this month Ukrainian-American startup Petcube, which has developed an interactive device to keep people connected with their pets, announced that it raised $2.6 million in its second round of funding.

The round was led by Almaz Capital, an international venture fund with Russian origins, with the participation of AVentures Capital, a leading Ukrainian fund, and Y Combinator, where the startup is attending an acceleration program.

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Dave Hecker

SourceSeek co-founder Dave Hecker: “Finding an ideal software vendor is like looking for a spouse – a partner with the right personality”

SourceSeek finds and engages developers in a variety of technologies: PHP, Node, Javascript, Python, Ruby, embedded, Java, .Net, Meteor, and more. The agency matches international clients with software vendors from Ukraine, Argentina, Vietnam, China, Philippines and West Africa. Agency co-founder Dave Hecker shares his analysis of the global IT outsourcing market and Ukraine’s attractiveness.

This interview is an excerpt from “IT Ukraine From A to Z,” a research study on the Ukrainian IT outsourcing and software R&D industries published by Ukraine Digital News.

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Outsourcing Verband

ITO&BPO Germany Forum: Aligning buyers’ and service providers’ interests

On April 26th and 27th, the German Outsourcing Association invites buyers, providers, consultants and representatives of public administration from across Europe to its annual conference in the center of Berlin.

The ITO&BPO Germany Forum is the only non-commercial, international event focusing on the German ITO and BPO market in Germany and is supported by the most important industry associations and clusters in Europe.

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Ukrainian social commerce startup wins third prize at SVOD Europe

Last week Wishround, a Ukrainian startup developing an innovative social commerce solution, came in third place at the startup competition of the SVOD Europe conference. Supported by Google, the event was held on January 27-28 at the US firm’s European headquarters in Dublin.

Presenting itself as “Europe’s number one friends fund-raising platform,” Wishround enables group payments via social networks. After filling in information about the gift they would like to get for their birthday, users spread the word about their wish on Facebook and Twitter, or share a link to invite their friends to contribute to the purchase financially.

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Mobile app will save your memory

Do people forget something because they are overloaded with information or just always run out of time? Or do they forget because their memory is not what it once was?

Chances are it’s a combination of both.

However, now there seems to be a solution – an iOS mobile application that supposed to save one’s memories has recently appeared in App Store.

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Hackathonbridge calls for innovative projects from Ukraine, Poland and Moldova

The second edition of Hackathonbridge, a contest which is being held throughout this year until Sept. 30, aims to help the creative youth from Poland, Ukraine and Moldova implement their innovative ideas.

Business, social and cultural projects with the most innovative solutions will compete to receive financial support with a grant pool of 45,000 euros. People until 35 will create teams, with at least one representative of any of the two member countries.

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Bohdan Hawrylyshyn

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn: Ukraine should not miss its second chance to become a technological hub

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, born in the small Ukrainian village of Koropets 89 years ago, has come a long way. After his family moved to Canada during World War II, Hawrylyshyn went from working as a lumberjack, and then a waiter, to becoming one of the world’s top economists.

From 1960, Hawrylyshyn taught economics-related subjects at the International Institute for Management Development in Geneva, Switzerland until becoming its director in 1968. Over his career he has produced hundreds of scientific papers on management, managerial education, economics and politics.

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PrivatBank launches B2B and B2B marketplace

Last week PrivatBank, a major Ukrainian bank, unveiled the beta version of PrivatMarket, a new B2B and B2C online marketplace.

An account at PrivatBank is required for companies to use the marketplace. Sellers may display company and product information, and search for buyers. Companies may also participate in tenders —  including government tenders, which are managed through a partnership with the ProZorro platform, as reported by AIN.UA.

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Tech entrepreneurs inspire a new generation of Ukrainians

In 2015, Ukraine counted more than 2,000 startups, more than 100 global R&D centers and 500 outsourcing companies, while companies like Samsung, Boeing and IBM added more than $5 billion to the economy.

Online publication Share America has met a few of Ukraine’s top tech entrepreneurs “who are inspiring the next generation of business-minded Ukrainians.”

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