Innovations take center stage at Kyiv IT forum

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A man interacts with a robot at the demo-zone at InnoTech Ukraine 2016 in Kyiv on March 12.

The II InnoTech conference, billed as Ukraine’s sole forum on innovative technologies, took place at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kyiv on March 11-12.

About 3,500 people visited the conference over two days, and more than 50 speakers participated in discussion panels held in the forum’s six topic areas: innovations, trends, healthcare, education, IT-clusters, and startups.

The moderators of the discussions included Ilia Kenigshtein, the CEO of innovations hub Creative Quarter, Yuriy Pyvovarov, the executive director at the Ukrainian Association for Innovation Development, Illia Onyschenko, the head of the project office at the BrainBasket Foundation, Olga Krupskaya, the president of innovations agency the NDI Foundation, and Roman Rudyuk, the head of the Partnership in Education program at Microsoft Ukraine.

The forum also had a demonstration zone. It was probably the most enticing and, therefore, crowded area at the event: about 30 Ukrainian tech companies presented innovative tech products and developments such as 3D printers, drones of all sizes, speaking and dancing robots, electric cars, and hi-tech chairs.

A speed-dealing area in the demo-zone gave entrepreneurs looking for sponsors for their businesses the chance to talk to representatives of some of Ukraine’s most famous venture investors, including WannaBiz, IQSpace, UAngel, Digital Future, GrowthUp, FISON, and others.

Kyiv Post staff writer Denys Krasnikov can be reached at The Kyiv Post’s IT coverage is sponsored by Ciklum, Steltec Capital, 1World Online and SoftServe. The content is independent of the donors.

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