International conference to discuss key IT outsourcing topics in Kyiv (May 26-27)

Later this month Kyiv (Kiev) will play host to the tenth edition of Kyiv Outsourcing Forum 2017, one of the largest IT outsourcing business event in Ukraine. The forum gathers owners and top managers of outsourcing companies as well as freelancers from all over Ukraine.

Over 70 local and international speakers will participate in the conference.

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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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US government fund supports kids programming courses in Ukraine

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), a $150 million regional private equity fund backed by USAID to invest in Ukraine and Moldova, has supported the Technology Nation Kids program.

Launched by BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, the initiative aims to provide free programming training for nine to eleven-year-old children in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian startup aims to revolutionize sport facility booking across the world

A team from Dnipro, a city of Central Ukraine formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk, has created “first global booking platform for sport facilities and sport teams.”

Dubbed Smartsport, the platform covers a variety of disciplines (including swimming, water polo, weightlifting, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, and football), with 500 sport facilities made available in almost 20 countries, mostly in Europe.

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Trump’s decree could affect Ukrainian IT specialists

Last week US President Donald Trump signed a decree “Buy American, employ American workers,” which strengthens the protection of certain goods produced in America and calls for a revision of the H-1B visa program.

This program promotes the work of highly qualified foreign specialists in the US in order to reform this program.

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Startup investment in Central and Eastern Europe: A ground-breaking research

Already recognized for their engineering excellence, several countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are now emerging on the global startup scene.

Thus for the past couple of years Belarus, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine and some other countries of the region have seen their local companies assert themselves on the international market, raise considerable funding and/or be acquired by global companies.

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Ukrainian white hackers to support new Ukrainian-Turkish cybersecurity center

Earlier this month Ukrainian Defence Industry (“Ukroboronprom” in Ukrainian, an association of enterprises in the field of defence) has announced that it will launch a single center for cybersecurity with support from representatives of Turkish company Havelsan and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

“We created the most advanced cyber security center in Turkey ten years ago. We are ready to advise on creating an even better project in Ukraine in the framework of the Ukrainian-Turkish cooperation,“ said Havelsan’s director for cybersecurity.

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Ukrainian developers invited to Vilnius international hackathon (apply until April 24)

Developers from Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are invited to a 48-hour international hackathon to develop new IT solutions for the aviation and travel industries. Hacker Games Pro: Aviation will be held at Vilnius Tech Park on April 28-30. More than 100 participants are expected.

Teams will work either independently or in cooperation with travel and aviation experts, entrepreneurs and other mentors. At the end of the hackathon, participants will pitch their projects to a board of jury.

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Ukrainian public e-procurement system comes to Moldova

ProZorro, a public e-procurement system made in Ukraine, has been launched in Moldova by local Ministry of Finance with support from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

After operating in a test mode for two months, M-Tender has processed 13 e-tenders and saved the state 97,000 Moldovian lei (almost $23,000 at the current exchange rate).

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Huawei opens R&D center in Kyiv

One of China’s largest manufacturers of smartphones and tablets, Huawei, will open an R&D center in Kyiv (Kiev). The news was reported earlier this month by Ukrainian online publication Liga Business which referred to Haojie Zhou, director at Huawei Ukraine.

So far, Huawei employs more than 450 people in Ukraine, according to Zhou.

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