Ukraine’s first chatbot conference to be held in Kyiv (March 29)

On March 29, Kyiv (Kiev) will play host to the first edition of ChatBot Conference UA, an international conference dedicated to chatbots. The event will bring together major local and foreign industry experts. Entrepreneurs, officials, investors and other professionals are also invited.

Live chat is claimed to increase conversion by 5-10 times. Chatbots, which are considered the main e-commerce trend in 2017, will replace applications and become a regular channel for interaction between companies and clients soon, believe the organizers of the conference.

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Uber and Russia’s Yandex.Taxi compete across Ukraine

Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi keep enhancing their presence in Ukraine. After their almost simultaneous launch in southern Ukraine last month, the taxi-hailing services are now competing in Lviv (Lvov), a major city in western Ukraine.

Lviv is the fifth Ukrainian city after Kyiv (Kiev), Kharkiv (Kharkov), Dnipro (Dnepr) and Odessa for Yandex.Taxi and the third one for Uber to cover so far.

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CallPage secures €1 million from Polish fund

CallPage, a Polish startup with Ukrainian roots, has attracted €1 million in yet another round of investment from Polish venture fund bValue. The news was reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA last week.

The investment will be used primarily to develop services in Poland and Western Europe, says the fund in its press release.

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How the human factor is boosting Ukraine’s promising IT export sector

Ukraine’s export IT segment showed an increase of 15 per cent in 2016, and continued to occupy the third place, by volume of total country exports, after agriculture and metallurgy. While we are speaking about the rates of growth, there are very solid grounds to expect that this positive tendency will be maintained and will grow to an optimistic 20 per cent in 2017.

As for today, an efficient IT ecosystem has been already been created in Ukraine and the exporting IT companies are operating on a global market, which continues to grow, so interest in our IT products and services will also increase in the future.

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13 companies operating in Ukraine ranked among world’s top IT service providers

Earlier this week, the US industry association IAOP released the 12th edition of its annual Global Outsourcing 100 ranking to identify the best outsourcing service providers in the world.

The ranking is based on what the IAOP believes to be the best companies in each of five judging categories: size and growth, customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation, and corporate social responsibility.

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Four Ukrainian universities team up to launch student business incubation network

YEP Incubators, which is presented as the first Ukrainian network of academic business incubators, will launch its first incubation program in April. Startups are invited to apply till March 26. A Demo Day is scheduled for June 10, 2017.

Four Ukrainian universities — Kyiv National Economic University, National Aviation University, Taras Shevchenko University and Donetsk National Technical University — are involved in the project.

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Ukrainian-based logistics companies start to match global technology trends

While Google and Amazon are patenting drones and driverless car parcel delivery methods, companies in Ukraine have started budgeting the implementation of parcel sorting robots, development of mobile apps, tests of drones delivery, and replenishment of their electric autopark.

One major trend that has already made a breakthrough is a change made thanks to internet customers. Logistic firms now have to be omni-channeled to match each individual customer’s needs.

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Mobile marketing professionals to meet on Black Sea beach (May 20-21)

On May 20-21, Odessa, a city in the Southern Ukraine, will play host to a major international mobile marketing event Mobile Beach Conference 2017. Some 1,500 international mobile marketing professionals are expected to attend.

Presented as “the most unconventional mobile marketing event,” it will take place at the Ibiza resort by the Black Sea.

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Ukrainian app to flirt for you on social networks

If you’re too shy or busy to make the first step and chat with a lady you like on a social network, Ukrainian dating app Likeapp can do this for you.

Designed by a team from Dnipro (Dnepr), the application will help you “find a girl you like and invite her for a cup of coffee” via VKontakte, the largest social network in Russian-speaking countries.

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Ukrainian smart voice-recording pendant overreaches its crowdfunding goal in just 36 hours

Senstone, a Ukrainian-designed AI-powered wearable voice recorder, reached its fundraising goal of $50,000 just 36 hours after the launch of its campaign on Kickstarter. It has even been listed among the top 20 most popular projects in all categories.

As of today, Senstone has attracted nearly $63,000 from 677 backers.

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