Musk says he can help Ukraine tackle energy crisis, Groysman promises to mull deal

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says he wants to talk to Tesla Motors boss Elon Musk about using the tech entrepreneur’s innovative power technologies to tackle Ukraine’s energy crisis.

During an exchange on social network Twitter earlier this week,  Musk bet he could build a huge lithium-ion battery network to prevent power blackouts in South Australia in just 100 days.

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Petcube launches livestream on Facebook, wins Emma Watson’s heart

The US-Ukrainian startup Petcube, which offers an interactive device to keep people connected with their pets, has just announced a new feature in the latest version of its app.

Thanks to this app, iPhone users can now broadcast their pets live on Facebook. Petcube is the first HD pet camera to do so, says the company. The Android-powered app will be upgraded soon.

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Ukrainian IT companies invited to network and present in Vienna (April 25-26)

Ukrainian companies and R&D organizations looking for technological, research and business cooperation and investment are invited to meet  potential clients and partners in Vienna at the Ukrainian IT Platform.

The event will take place as part of the International B2B Software Days on April 25-26. Some 600 IT professionals from 20 countries are expected to attend.

Bilateral 30-min meetings for Ukrainian and Austrian B2B players, as well as the Ukrainian exhibition stand are featured in the agenda.

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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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