Seed Forum Kyiv 2015

Seed Forum Kyiv 2015 to showcase the best of Ukrainian hardware and software

A part of a series of international investment conferences in more than 45 countries, Seed Forum Kyiv 2015 will take place on April 28 in the Ukrainian capital.

The event will present the best Ukrainian hardware and software startups with a global development potential, according to the international Seed Forum Fund’s expert committee.

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Crowdfunding a war: Ukraine’s DIY drone-makers

In a David versus Goliath-like battle, Ukrainian forces look to private companies and crowdfunded volunteer organisations to develop defence software and drone hardware in their fight against Russia.

With little real help coming their way, the Ukrainian people have bound together to stand up to the Russian empire, in a David versus Goliath-like fight. Though a poor citizenry, Ukrainians are finding a way to crowdfund for their troops, supplying them with desperately needed body armour, weapons, machinery – and, perhaps most importantly, drones.

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Ukrainian Startup Rating

‘Ukrainian Startup Rating’ reveals top startups and industry figures

Last week the best Ukrainian startups and industry figures were distinguished in the new edition of the Ukrainian Startup Rating, an initiative of the GrowthUP accelerator to highlight the country’s most promising tech projects.

The jury was composed of 30 experts, investors, entrepreneurs, and press representatives. No fewer than 81 startup and 45 personalities were nominated. GrowthUP founder Denis Dovgopoliy was excluded in order to avoid any conflict of interest.

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Dnipropetrovsk firm hopes to jumpstart electric cars

Electric cars are a rarity on Ukrainian roads, with their prices at least 40 percent higher than standard cars, largely due to high import duties. Another impediment is the lack of developed infrastructure. As a result, as few as 300 are active, according to some estimates.

Dnipropetrovsk (Dnepropetrovsk) producer E-line is trying to remedy that with 100 electric chargers to be installed throughout Ukraine by the end of 2015, said Vladyslav Rodin, its co-founder.

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Ukrainian technology helps you “do virtually anything in your own dreamworld”

In his time Aristotle observed that, “often when one is asleep something in consciousness declares that what then presents itself is a dream.” Some degree of control over the dream is indeed possible, but this is usually hard to achieve and requires lots of practice.

Addressing this challenge, Ukrainian startup Luciding has developed a headband device that it claims “provides lucid dreams every night.”

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US sanctions block Crimeans from World of Warcraft, Diablo III

Crimean gamers were locked out of playing popular online multiplayer games World of Warcraft and Diablo III last week, as the game publisher was forced to suspend the accounts in compliance with Western sanctions.

Major US Internet and tech companies such as Apple, Google and PayPal have suspended services to Crimean users over the last year. The United States in December barred US-registered companies from investing in Crimea or providing services to companies there.

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From Robo-sumo to Robo-racing, Ukrainian kids measure their engineering capacities

On March 29 the National Aerospace Educational Center of Ukrainian Youth hosted the first robotics technology competition in Dnipropetrovsk (Dnepropetrovsk), a major city in Eastern Ukraine. The youngest contestant was three years old and the oldest one was 20.

No fewer than 120 young enthusiasts thus came to cross swords, while 400 spectators and robotics amateurs supported their favorite teams and shared their experience of robotics design.

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From e-learning to tattoo design, Ukrainian startups demonstrate their know-how at Kyiv contest

Earlier this month nine Ukrainian startups finalists presented their hardware and software projects at the iHub Ring #2 contest.

The first prize and the audience award went to Preply, a platform that allows you to find foreign language tutors for home or Skype lessons.

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IT innovations conference takes off at Kyiv’s Olimpiysky Stadium

Ukraine’s technology community already has several massive annual events like Investor Day Central and Eastern Europe (IDCEE) and iForum that showcase the nation’s tech industry to the world. Another big scale event has joined the list recently.

InnoTech Ukraine conference, billed as the first Ukrainian forum on innovative technologies, took place at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv on April 9-11.

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New freelance exchange aims to capitalize on Ukraine’s booming remote economy

The international freelance exchange platform is launching this month after a few months of test mode.

The Proffstore exchange aims to minimize the risks for customers. Its rating system, approved portfolios of specialists, security systems and arbitrage transactions reduce the risks of employers working directly with freelancers.

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