Lviv IT event to focus on international IT issues and showcase Ukrainian startups (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)

One the best IT events in the country, Lviv IT Arena 2016 will hold its third edition on September 30 – October 2 in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv (Lvov). The conference will bring together more than 2,500 tech lovers from Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Unlike the previous editions, this year the majority of speakers will represent western markets and businesses. The conference will be held in English.

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US tech giants meet Ukrainian software development companies in Seattle

In late August the European Business Association, a leading business association in Ukraine, organized the Seattle Tech Days, the first Ukraine-US tech business forum of its kind. The event was supported by the consulate of Ukraine in Seattle.

A key city on the US tech map, Seattle hosts the headquarters of Boeing, Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, CostCo, T-Mobile and other American business giants.

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Ukrainian visual effects distinguished at MTV Video Music Awards

Ukrainian-made visual effects won the best visual effects nomination at MTV VMA 2016. Designed by Gloria FX, a company based in Dnipro, the winning visual effects were used in Up&Up, a music video by British rock group ColdPlay.

The video was shot in Kyiv (Kiev) and New York, reports Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

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Online Instagram school opens in Ukraine

Instaschool, the first international online Instagram-school in Ukraine, is being launched in the Ukrainian capital by the digital marketing agency Citrine. The project “will teach you how to build a strategy from scratch and achieve real results” to “increase Internet sales or get inspiration inspiration to develop your Instagram business.”

With a variety of courses of up to 16 lessons, Instaschool seeks to provide students with a “holistic approach” in applying business promotion strategies via Instagram.

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IT experts to discuss latest industry trends in Kyiv (Sept. 2-4)

Software Engineering 2016, the biggest annual conference on software development and IT entrepreneurship in Ukraine, will be held on September 2-4 in Kyiv (Kiev). This event will feature 100 speakers from Ukraine and abroad, 100 lectures and 12 stages.

The program focuses on the latest trends in BigData, UI/UX, management and fundraising, as well as on the various aspects of software development, JS, mobile and company development.

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US-Ukrainian Big Data startup secures $1.25 million from Californian funds

Galactic Exchange, a Silicon Valley-headquartered big data startup with engineering teams split between Kharkiv (Kharkov), Eastern Ukraine, and Menlo Park, has raised $1.25 million from Floodgate and Signia Venture Partners. Closed in early August, the deal has just been announced publicly.

The two California-based VC firms had already backed the startup in its seed funding round one year ago, Galactic Exchange’s co-founder Konstantin Kladko told Ukraine Digital News.

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TMT Investments invests $300,000 in US-Ukrainian cloud computing startup

Yesterday TMT Investments announced a $300,000 capital injection in Sixa, a San Francisco-based company founded last year by Ukrainian entrepreneurs Mykola Minchenko and Ievgen Nechaiev. 

Sixa has developed a “personal computer in the cloud” intended for developers, designers and gamers, “capable of running the most demanding applications.”

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American Councils invites Ukrainian startups to international edtech accelerator (deadline: Sept. 16)

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the opening of our application for global education technology startups interested in exploring collaborations and accessing U.S. innovation networks.

American Councils welcomes applications from Ukrainian startups. This organization has a history of implementing successful programs with participating startups from Eastern Europe in the field of education technology, biomedical technology, and engineering.

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NBU simplifies settlements for purchases of services and IP rights

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has abolished the requirement for Ukrainian residents to obtain a price evaluation act to make cross-border payments for the purchase of services and IP rights from foreign residents in the amount exceeding €50,000. The central bank’s decision took effect on August 19, 2016.

Previously, such price evaluations were delivered by the State Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnishinform).

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“Innovating Justice Boostcamp” to showcase Ukraine’s most innovative legal and justice ventures (Sept. 28)

The Ukrainian tech and legal communities are cordially invited to the Innovating Justice Boostcamp, an event organized by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) in Kyiv (Kiev) on September 28.

This event will highlight the Ukrainian semi-finalists of HiiL Justice Accelerator. It will feature pitches by the eight most innovative legal and justice ventures in Ukraine, carefully selected from more than 40 applicants.

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