Unconventional digital marketing conference invites industry professionals to party (Kyiv, Dec. 16)

On December 16, Kyiv (Kiev) will host Digital Monkey, an event dedicated to business promotion methods using digital tools.

The event will combine a conference and a party for international and local professionals and enthusiasts from the digital industry, SMM, SEO, PR, design, blogging, advertising, journalism and content marketing.

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Ukraine’s tech ecosystem equation: Product + Outsourcing = ?

Although many countries across the world strive to build a Silicon Valley of their own, regional technology business ecosystems are all very different, and are likely to remain so. It’s very interesting to observe how each country’s history affects the way startups and bigger companies grow and coexist on the market.

In Ukraine, a country of  great technological talent that has historically been linked with outsourced software development, the startup movement only gained momentum around seven years ago.

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Ukrainian gadgets seduce Kickstarter crowds

This morning Sence, “the first wearable technology capable of accurately tracking and logging emotional states so you can take action”, had attracted $126,261 from 716 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $100,000.

Developed by Planexta, a startup with Ukrainian roots, Sence reflects “the evolution of mindfulness and productivity,” tracking emotions with ECG signals.

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Viber launches business services in Ukraine

Viber, a messaging app with nearly 800 million active users in 193 countries around the world, has entered the Ukrainian business market, touting its latest and “most important (feature) for the last two years” – public accounts.

Viber Media Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese company Rakuten Inc., announced the roll out of its new business service on Nov. 22 during its first ever press conference in Ukraine, where it claims to have about 16 million active users.

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Ukrainian startups awarded at international contests

Last week UniExo won the Robohub Reader’s Pick in the Robot Launch 2016 global startup competition, attracting almost 91% of the votes. Its closest competitor Halodi, a Norwegian startup aiming to “provide a vast number of robots to the mass market,” attracted just 3% of the votes.

Founded by Anton Holovachenko, a 22-year old Ukrainian inventor from Kyiv (Kiev), UniExo has designed a universal medical robotic exoskeleton.

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Ukrainian e-commerce and e-payments professional invited to leading international event (Berlin, Feb. 14-16)

Payment and e-commerce professionals from all across Europe, including Ukraine, are cordially invited to the international Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE2017) conference and expo, which will take place in Berlin, February 14-16, 2017.

MPE 2017, is Europe’s top event about merchant payments, CX, POS and card acquiring, featuring 300+ CXOs and MDs, 150+ speakers, 1000+ of participants from 40+countries, 70+ sponsors & exhibitors.

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Report: Ukrainian IT industry employs 100,000 people

The Ukrainian IT industry now employs 99,940 people — up from 89,300 last year — according to the latest report of DOU.UA, an authoritative industry resource. The figure includes programmers, QA specialists, project managers and other IT-related professionals.

Almost half of these professionals live in Kyiv (Kiev). Others are inhabitants of such other major Ukrainian cities as Kharkiv (Kharkov), Lviv (Lvov), Dnipro (previoulsy known as Dnipropetrovsk), and Odessa.

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Ukrainian wireless alarm system keeps homes smartly secure

In a huge Soviet-style building of a former clothing factory in the north-west part of Kyiv, about hundred workers develop an alarm system, which, according to its inventor Aleksandr Konotopskyi, is “the first step to the automatization” of Ukrainian households.

It has taken Konotopskyi four years to build his wireless security system startup, which has since attracted $1 million in funding from venture capital firm SMRK, hired more than 100 people, and conquered about 30 percent of the Ukrainian market for wireless alarms.

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Five Ukrainians listed among ‘best and brightest’ in Central and Eastern Europe

Five Ukrainians have won places on the New Europe 100 list of 100 of the “brightest and best people” in Central and Eastern Europe.

The third annual list, which was organized by U.K. business daily Financial Times, the Visegrad Fund,  Google and Polish journal Res Publica, includes 100 business and social leaders, creative inventors and go-getting entrepreneurs from Europe. The list was released on Nov. 15.

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Gaming analytics startup Mobalytics secures $2.6 million

Mobalytics, a startup founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur Bogdan Suchyk, raised a seed round of $2.6 million from Almaz CapitalFounders FundGeneral Catalyst and GGV Capital. The news was reported today by TechCrunch.

The funding comes just two months after Mobalytics won the ‘Startup Battlefield’ of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the most important contests in the global startup scene. Mobalytics walked away with $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.

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