News Category: News

Smart garbage bins and pedestrian crossings to empower Kyiv

Earlier this month the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) saw its central part equipped with 50 high-tech underground garbage containers for solid urban waste, reported Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).

Another 250 containers will appear in the city by the end of the year, with the total number reaching one thousand next year.

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Ukrainian NGO launches programming courses in Moldova and Slovakia, more countries to join

BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has announced the expansion of its Technology Nation education program to two Slovakian cities — Bratislava and Kosice.

“Allowing people to learn basics of programming for free while getting a certificate from Harvard University is a great initiative, and I am happy to support BrainBasket Foundation in this initiative,” commented Dusan Duffek, partner and co-founder at 0100 Ventures.

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Ukraine’s first bitcoin ATM appears in Odessa

In late April, a two-way bitcoin ATM was installed in Odessa, Southern Ukraine. It is the first ATM of its kind in the country, reports local online publication Cryptocurrency.tech.

The device allows both selling and buying hryvnias and bitcoins. Users may withdraw amounts of at least 500 hryvnias or 0.1 bitcoin (around $20 at the current exchange rates).

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Contactless payments gain momentum in Ukraine’s public transport

As part of its global strategy to extend its reach and develop mobile ticketing services, Mastercard has just made available a new contactless payment service in the subway of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

The new technology, dubbed “MetroPass,” transforms bank cards into subway travel cards with pre-paid billing plans for a limited or unlimited number of rides and even discounts.

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Auchan launches online sales in Ukraine

French retailer Auchan has started selling non-food goods via its Ukrainian online store launched last month. These include household, garden and pets goods, as well as apparel.

So far, delivery service is available in Kyiv (Kiev) and Kyiv region for 59 and 69 hryvnias ($2.2 and $2.6 respectively at the current exchange rate). Both cash and bank card payments are accepted.

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Ukraine bans leading Russian Internet sites

Confirming that the relations between Ukraine and Russia are currently at their lowest, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday signed a decree applying sanctions to 468 legal entities and 1,228 individuals from Russia.

Among the targeted organizations are the two leading Russian Internet groups — Yandex and Mail.Ru Group — the services of which will be made inaccessible from Ukraine.

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Drones, high-tech cars and a helicopter serve the Ukrainian police

For the first time in their history, Ukraine’s policemen can now use high-tech automobiles, drones and a helicopter in their everyday operations. The news was reported in early May by the National Police of Ukraine.

The new equipment helps police officers identify wrongdoings and send live video streams directly to the control centers.

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US-Ukrainian Grammarly secures $110 million from top international investors

Grammarly, a San Francisco-based startup with Ukrainian roots,  has just raised $110 million in growth equity funding at an undisclosed valuation. The round was led by General Catalyst with participation from Breyer Capital, IVP, SignalFire, and Spark Capital.

The company was founded in 2009 by Kyiv natives Aleksey Shevchenko and Maksim Litvin. Its AI-powered software helps people improve writing, monitoring errors in grammar and syntax, as well as incorrect speech constructions in real time.

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New public-private agency to incubate defense technologies in Ukraine

Last month saw the launch of the Innovations Development Platform (IDP),  Ukraine’s first agency dedicated to the incubation and development of innovative defense projects.

Inspired by Israel’s Chief Scientist’s Office, this public-private partnership initiative aims to bring together developers, experts and investors “to develop innovations for the Ukrainian army and foreign partners in transparent commercial conditions.”

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App Solutions acquires Ukrainian IT outsourcing company Grossum

In a deal announced yesterday Grossum, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based IT company specializing in e-commerce and e-health solutions, has been acquired by software development company App Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

App Solutions expects the deal to result in “higher efficiency” for its business, “strengthening expertise in web and mobile development and improving the company’s positions in the IT outsourcing market.”

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