The most anticipated tech event of September is traditionally Apple presentation in Cupertino. Though a week after the craze calms because everyone is getting ready for the largest tech conference in Eastern Europe – IT Arena. Thousands of developers, IT companies managers, analysts, marketers, startup founders and everyone engaged with tech are waiting for the event. This year IT Arena will happen for the fifth time – the benchmark, only a few events make through.
The best Ukrainian tech event three years in a row according to DOU, IT Arena will happen from 28 to 30 September and will gather over 2,500 participants from all over the world and about 100 speakers from the global tech companies, namely Tesla, Uber, Soundcloud, Facebook, Google, Linkedin and 50 promising Ukrainian startups
IT Arena is currently the only international tech conference in Ukraine: about 80% of speakers work for and manage the top international companies worldwide. More than a quarter of the attendees come from abroad. IT Arena is the large-scale event, which is important not only for tech-industry development in Ukraine but also for the business tourism popularization. Thousands of visitors stay in Lviv between 28 and 30 September. That’s why 50 meetups on the third day of the conference are to take place at the 8 different locations in the city center, so the attendees can enjoy the Old Town visit.
Movie protagonist, Data Science expert and Ex-PM at Linkedin
IT Arena organizers invite 100 top experts from global companies who will share their experience from IT Arena stage. The conference program is divided into 4 tracks: business, technology, product, and startup to cover the key aspects of the IT industry.
Some of the top famous speakers of IT Arena 2018:
- Semyon Dukach (Managing Partner у One Way Ventures, former Managing Director Techstars) – math wizard and successful entrepreneur. While studying at MIT, Semyon’s blackjack team won over $4 million by hacking the casino with accurate mathematical calculations. This story underlined “21” movie plot, and “Breaking Vegas” documentary. The entrepreneur and investor will share his successes and failures on the business track.
- Sachin Rekhi (Founder & CEO у Notejoy, ex-Head of Product at Linkedin, ex-Product Manager у Microsoft) – the entrepreneur who possess the unique experience of starting companies and developing perfect products, he will speak at the product track.
- Cassie Kozyrkov (Chief Decision Scientist в Google Cloud) –the data science and artificial intelligence specialist will tell about the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence and the use of AI technologies in companies. The attendees will meet Cassie on the technology track.
- Martin Villig (Co-founder в Taxify) – the entrepreneur with 20 years of experience will advise startups founders and entrepreneurs at the startup track. This Estonian businessman has begun an expansion into the Ukrainian market not so long ago.
Сheck full speakers’ lineup here.
10 000$ and a two-week trip to Silicon Valey
IT Arena Startup Competition – the international competition, offering a great opportunity for startups to validate their idea, business model and receive funding for their projects. This year prize fund is truly impressive: $10 000 and $5000, a two-week trip to the Silicon Valley from Startup Embassy and mentorship program from TechStars. In addition to the main prizes, participants will compete for the accelerating program from Sector X, mentorship from 1991 Open Data Incubator, and the KMBS Executive Development Program. From the hundreds of applications submitted, 50 were selected to pitch at the competition, which included the best startups focusing on Robotics, 3D printing, Drones, Augmented & Virtual Reality, and Smart Home technologies. Participants will pitch their startups in front of the jury, demonstrating their ideas and proving the viability of their business model. The jury will include Greg Banas, CEO from Ad Ventures, Andrew Pavliv, CEO and Founder at N-iX, Sergiy Nozdrachov, Serial Entrepreneur from KMBS, Evan Madden-Peister, Mentor of New York Starta Accelerator, Sebastian Campos Grothand from TechStars Berlin.
IT Arena unleashes the touristic potential of Lviv
For the second year in a row, on the third day, the conference goes beyond Lviv Arena Stadium. For the first time, such format was proposed at the IT Arena 2017, to organize meetups that take place at different locations in the city center. This style of events is unique among other technological conferences, aimed to diversify the attendees’ experience and give the opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of the historic center of Lviv. Such format received positive feedback from the last year attendees, therefore the organizers decided to organize 50 meetups at 8 locations around Market Square on September 30, the last day of the conference. More than 40 speakers will cover topics from business analysis and design thinking to attracting foreign investment for the project, data science in telecommunications, behavioral analysis, and cyber security trends. The meetups are well-received due to an informal atmosphere and an interactive communication between the audience and speaker.
Technology and music festival
IT Arena offers more than a regular conference: it is a combination of conference and electronic music festival – Futureland. World famous headliners are another reason, which helps to gather the most progressive audience in Lviv. Juicy M, one of the best DJs and progressive house music producer, will headline Futureland Festival 2018, the biggest electronic music party to fire up Lviv on September 29. Ukrainian by origin, Juicy M, is among the top 100 DJs in the world according to the DJ List poll and the Top Deejays ranking. Her video, where she is playing on 4 decks has over than 35 million views on YouTube!
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