The Ukrainian IT industry now employs 99,940 people — up from 89,300 last year — according to the latest report of DOU.UA, an authoritative industry resource. The figure includes programmers, QA specialists, project managers and other IT-related professionals.
Almost half of these professionals live in Kyiv (Kiev). Others are inhabitants of such other major Ukrainian cities as Kharkiv (Kharkov), Lviv (Lvov), Dnipro (previoulsy known as Dnipropetrovsk), and Odessa.
In late August the European Business Association, a leading business association in Ukraine, organized the Seattle Tech Days, the first Ukraine-US tech business forum of its kind. The event was supported by the consulate of Ukraine in Seattle.
A key city on the US tech map, Seattle hosts the headquarters of Boeing, Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, CostCo, T-Mobile and other American business giants.
Last month a consortium of Chinese investors led by Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. agreed to acquire Playtika, the social and mobile gaming branch of Caesars Entertainment Corp., in an all-cash deal of $4,4 billion.
Almost half of Playtika’s staff — 600 out of 1,300 employees operating globally — work in Ukraine, noted Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA.
Lviv IT Cluster, an association of IT firms operating in Western Ukraine, has released an in-depth report on the local IT scene, based on exchanges with no less than 400 industry professionals.
The study offers a detailed analysis of the local market volume, geography, structure and potential, as well as a complete overview of the business environment.
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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.
A program to reskill people displaced from eastern Ukraine by Russia’s war is gearing up to start this month, with the organizers planning to train future specialists for the country’s burgeoning IT sector.
The BrainBasket Foundation and telecoms provider Vodafone Ukraine (formerly MTS Ukraine) started registering candidates for the technical education program, called Coding for the Future, one month ago. Lessons are free for internally displaced people as well as veterans of the war in eastern Ukraine.
To explore the market opportunities and business potential of Ukrainian regions, the Embassy of the Netherlands has organized a series of trade missions to a number of Ukrainian cities, including Lutsk, Lviv (Lvov), Kharkiv (Kharkov) and Dnipropetrovsk (Dnepropetrovsk).
The most recent trade mission took place on October 12–14 in Dnipropetrovsk, which is the fastest growing region in Ukraine and one of the major centers of mining and finance, engineering and IT.
How many IT specialists work in Ukraine, where do they live, and how much do they earn? In which positions and which types of companies do they work? What is their level of English? Which developer are most in-demand in the labor market and why do junior specialists struggle to find their first job?
These and other questions find their answer in the 2015 edition of Maksim Ischenko‘s review of the Ukrainian IT job market, which has just been released.
BrainBasket Foundation: “Universities can’t keep up with the speed of development within the IT industry”
As the Ukrainian IT sector is still growing in spite of the economic turmoil, the country lacks qualified professionals to meet the expanding levels of international demand for skilled IT staff. If the Ukrainian IT sector is to reach its potential as one of the engines of the new Ukrainian knowledge economy, a fresh generation of IT experts needs to be nurtured.
The BrainBasket Foundation is leading current efforts to prepare this new generation of Ukrainian IT specialists. Launched in 2015, this foundation aims to facilitate the training of 100,000 new IT specialists by 2020 via a combination of informational support and educational initiatives. Business Ukraine magazine spoke to BrainBasket team about the vast potential of the Ukrainian IT sector and the challenges of keeping pace with developments in this most dynamic of industries.
On Tuesday, Snapchat users got a new feature to play with, called Lenses. Now they can modify their photos and short videos to show themselves with altered facial features, cartoonish eyes or rainbows coming out of their mouths. They can thank the biggest deal involving a Ukrainian tech company.
Ukrainians are known for their tech prowess. Ukrainian-born Silicon Valley icons such as WhatsApp founder Jan Koum and Max Levchin, the former chief technology officer of PayPal, are models for kids in Kiev, Kharkiv and Lviv.
There’s plenty of excitement on the darker side of the business, too.