Ukraine to launch big blockhain deal with tech firm Bitfury

Ukraine has partnered with global technology company the Bitfury Group to put a sweeping range of government data on a blockchain platform, the firm’s chief executive officer told Reuters, in a project he described as probably the largest of its kind anywhere.

Ukraine’s deal with Bitfury will begin with a pilot project to introduce blockchain into the country’s digital platform. The areas being explored for the pilot project are state registers, public services, social security, public health, and energy, Valery Vavilov said.

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New report sheds light on QA outsourcing service industry in Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA) has released “Central and Eastern European QA Outsourcing Review 2016-17” covering the latest trends in software quality assurance and testing, as well as application quality and testing practices across the region.

Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine are covered by the research.

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Ukrainian student hackathon to explore innovative education technologies (Kharkiv, April 22-23)

On April 22-23, a 24-hour hackathon devoted to innovative IT solutions in education will be held in Kharkiv (Kharkov), Eastern Ukraine. Participants will pitch to the representatives of Ukrainian tech universities, IT business and venture funds to compete for a 30,000 hryvnia award (approximately $1,100).

Christened “IT-Eureka! Ukraine,” the event will attract Ukrainian student teams, which will create a prototype based on their ideas with support from mentors.

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New report sheds light on Ukraine’s tech investment scene

The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has just released its Investors Book, a report that features data about local venture funds, accelerators, incubators, PE funds and other market players.

According to the report, 17 venture funds, six private equity funds and one corporate fund (HP Tech Ventures) currently operate in Ukraine.

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Corporate venturing and innovation: Ukraine invited to major event in London (May 23-24)

The GCV Symposium has asserted itself as the leading global event for corporate venturing professionals, attracting more than 400 business leaders every year.

This year, in partnership with Ukraine Digital News, a special Eastern Europe Session will highlight the growing connections between corporations and startups in these countries —  from incubation, to investment, to acquisition, to other forms of partnerships.

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Ukrainian-British startup Poptop raises £120,000 to expand in the UK

Newcastle-based Poptop.fm has secured £100,000 from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, which is managed by Northstar Ventures. An additional £20,000 came from an undisclosed angel investor.

Presenting itself as “an international event concierge service,” the startup offers a range of services including “music entertainment, catering, decoration, photography and event planning,” to name a few.

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Noosphere Ventures acquires US video solutions startup Waywire

Noosphere Ventures, a California-based venture fund with Ukrainian connections, has just announced that it has purchased assets of the US startup Waywire. The amount of the deal remains undisclosed.

Based in New York, the startup is a major provider of cloud-based video curation solutions to online publishing, non-profit, community and ad network markets.

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Six years and counting: Ukraine still waiting for mobile number portability

If Ukrainian mobile phone users are tired of their tariff plans or fed up with poor service, they face a tough choice: either they stay with their current provider and suffer on, or change networks and be forced to change their number as well.

Such a dilemma doesn’t exist in the more than 70 countries where mobile number portability is available. Portability allows customers to move freely among networks, taking their number with them wherever they go.

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Industry experts and end consumers to elect Ukraine’s best e-commerce companies (April 7)

The best Ukrainian players of the domestic e-commerce market will be awarded at the Ukrainian E-Commerce Awards ceremony this Friday, April 7 in Kyiv (Kiev).

While industry experts will select the winners in such categories as “Breakthrough of the Year” and “Man of the Year in e-commerce,” Ukrainian online consumers will vote online for a series of other nominations.

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US machine learning startup with Ukrainian R&D raises $54 million

DataRobot, a machine learning platform that helps enterprises build predictive models at speed, has raised $54 million in a Series C funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), reports VentureBeat.

The company has an R&D office in Kyiv (Kiev), with up to 200 employees working there, according to DOU.UA, an authoritative local industry resource.

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