How to run a successful IT business in Ukraine: Industry experts meet and discuss in Dnipro

The fifth edition of the ITEM conference will be held in Dnipro (a city of Central Ukraine formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) on June 17-18. More than 1,000 developers, project managers and top managers of IT companies from all over Ukraine are expected to attend.

Local and international speakers will share their experience in running a successful IT business in Ukraine.

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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 hacker sentenced by US court for “the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme”

Yesterday Ukrainian hacker Vadym Iermolovych, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the US court after he was charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and aggravated identity theft” last year.

In addition to the prison term, Iermolovych was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of some $3 million.

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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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Why Ukraine said ‘Nyet’ to Russian social networks

When Ukrainian government took the decision to ban the use of Russian internet services such as the Yandex search engine and the social network Vkontakte, it looked like another example of the country’s propensity to ape Russia’s own worst practices even while it talks about joining the European fold.

But the ban is part of a broader debate in the West about whether such platforms are media companies or impartial middlemen, writes Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg.

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Electric cars are getting more traction in Ukraine

The number of electric cars registered in Ukraine has surged significantly for the past year. As of March 31, 2017, there were 2,846 such vehicles, up from 693 in 2016, reports local online publication Epravda, citing data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Electric cars are mostly concentrated in the biggest Ukrainian cities and their surrounding areas.

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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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