Earlier this month PDNA, a Ukrainian startup that develops projects in the field of symbiotic artificial intelligence, raised €200,000 from local venture fund Digital Future. The money will be used to develop the company’s first project, LifeTracker.io, which aims to “track all dimensions of your life automatically” with “automatic monitoring of mood changes and emotions.”
It took just 30 minutes to Digital Future to take the decision to invest in the startup, the fund’s CEO Alexei Vitchenko told Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA. “We immediately saw in LifeTracker a promising project,” he said. The fund also expects to develop its own AI projects based on PDNA’s platform.
In a major consumer survey, ATKearney shows that the use of digital offers across Ukraine does not lag behind the US and Europe at all – Ukraine is even among the top countries investigated.
“In distinction to many countries in Europe, Ukrainians appreciate quality although their ability to pay is hampered by the ongoing crisis,” the ATKearney analysts found.
Uber will soon start operating in Ukraine, Infrastructure Minstry said on Friday after meeting representatives of the US company, reports The Kyiv Post.
“We met with company Uber. Substantial talk and mutual understanding,” Deputy Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan wrote on his Facebook profile. The penetration of Uber’s services will eliminate possible corruption in taxi business, he believes.
The plant leaf area is measured in less than one second. “This is 1,000 times faster than using graph paper and 100 times faster than scanning and processing leaf image in Photoshop,” the startup claims.
Beyond leaf measurements, Petiole has developed a recommendation system for precision agriculture. A data cloud service allows users to collect and process data, and shows dynamics of growth in an affordable manner.
Canadian mobile e-commerce solution provider Mobify has acquired Jeapie, a Ukrainian startup offering an advanced mobile notification service. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, but a Jeapie shareholder told Ukraine Digital News it was “a seven-digit number.”
In the nearest future, the Jeapie solution will be integrated to Mobify’s cloud-based Entreprise-SaaS platform for e-commerce, Jeapie’s founder and CEO Alexander Mikhaylenko told Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
iBlazr 2, a flash add-on for mobile devices, is now available in 108 official Apple retail outlets in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.
This technology has been developed by Concepter, a Ukrainian startup — a unique case so far in Apple’s retail network.
Manufactured in China, iBlazr 2 describes itself as “The World’s Most Ultimate Wireless Flash” for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and digital cameras (synced with native camera apps).
Picture the scene: Ukraine in 2035 has become a hub of IT innovation, with some of the sector’s leaders having their gleaming new headquarters located in the high-tech capital of Kyiv (Kiev).
Seems far-fetched? Not to Burak Ersoy, newly appointed CEO of Life :), Turkcell’s subsidiary in Ukraine. “Due to its huge human capital in terms of IT development, Ukraine might give birth to national IT giants and become the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe,” he told The Kyiv Post.
2,000 TMT professionals from across Europe gathered in Kyiv to discuss industry issues and prospects
Earlier this month, TIM Ukraine 2015: Telecom, IT, Media, a two-day international conference, expo and meetup, was held at the exhibition center Acco International in Kyiv (Kiev). The event brought together 2,000 industry professionals (top managers, owners, investors, CTOs and CIOs) from 117 companies representing 9 countries.
These included Belarus, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, in addition to Ukraine.
The company — which initially hoped to deal with US investors — raised $1.5 million in total from SMRK, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based fund, and Alexander Chernyak, a startup entrepreneur operating in the USA, Russia and Ukraine, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
Oleksandr has been an Apple fan since he was a student. In the middle of the first decade of the 2000s, earning only 200 hryvnas (about 20 dollars) a month, he couldn’t afford much. In one of computer shops in Kiev he was attracted by the desk-lamp-like iMac G4, but figured that he could only afford the Apple keyboard that went with it.
Oleksandr’s father and brother — like many Ukrainians — emigrated to the West, to Paris. Thanks to their support and his own savings, Oleksandr bought a PowerBook. At that time he was probably the only student at Kiev Polytechnic who was working on a Mac. He remembers that lecturers were glowering at him, since he was the only student who was taking notes not on paper, but on his laptop. Oleksandr’s diploma work was done on the Mac — a neural network app using image recognition to register the state of water meters.