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Lviv – a city that at numerous events brings together not only lovers of good music, coffee, and chocolate, but also true experts in technology and trends!

If you live for information, your life motto is “to move forward, move for innovation” and you certainly want to know all about the development of IT industry in Ukraine and the world, the annual IT conference IT Arena is №1 event in your “must visit” list!

IT Arena was held for the first time in October 2014 at the brand new stadium “Arena Lviv”.

The scale of IT Arena is growing exponentially – more than 1800 participants have visited the conference in 2016, in 2017 the attendance has grown up to 2300, in 2018 exceeded 3300 attendees, in 2019 – about 3800, in 2020 – 4076, and in 2021 – 5345 attendees.

IT Arena 2021 – Beyond Virtual


The eighth edition of IT Arena took place on October 7-9, 2021. This time, the event took place in a new hybrid format, combining the best of online and offline events, providing participants a chance to connect from any place in the world and visit meetups and afterparties. In total, IT Arena 2021 united 5345 attendees from all over the world. 172 companies have used the platform’s B2B matchmaking opportunities. During the online part, online access to IT Arena platform for two devices, a desktop platform and a mobile app, allowed to switch between the conference talks, ask questions to speakers, and network with other participants. And the offline part of IT Arena united attendees at a great number of offline events and meetups, boosting the power of in-person communication and networking.

Within two intensive online days, 100 speakers from 4 continents covered topics on how to handle competitors and improve functionality, be obsessed with your product, deal with cybersecurity risks, strengthen mental health, use AI and machine learning in healthcare system personalization, regulate remote work mode, and more. The discussions were held by the representatives of such global companies as Google, AstraZeneca, Microsoft, Headspace, Remote, Airbnb, RollsRoyce, Axdraft, etc. Leading Ukrainian companies that successfully scaled worldwide were also represented at the conference.

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Maye Musk
Role model, trend maker and rule changer
Shameer Khader, Ph.D.
Senior Director (AI/ML, Data Science, Digital Health and Bioinformatics), AstraZeneca
Beth Anne Katz
Product Manager, Microsoft
Christof Leng
SRE Engagements Engineering Lead, SRE Manager II, Google
Frank Bach
Lead Product Designer, Headspace
Colleen Graneto
Product leader, coach, instructor, and advisor, Airbnb
Job van der Voort
CEO, Remote
Dmitry Dubrovskiy
Co-founder & CEO, Uklon

IT Arena 2020 – The speed of change


October 8-10, 2020 marked the seventh edition of IT Arena. This time, following the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions, the event took place in a new digital format: providing participants with a safe virtual experience and a chance to connect from any place in the world. In total, IT Arena 2020 united 4076 online attendees tuning in from 28 countries. 93 companies have used the platform’s B2B matchmaking opportunities. All participants could simultaneously access the event from two devices. The mobile and desktop mediums allowed conveniently switching between the conference talks, asking questions to speakers, and networking with other participants. IT Arena 2020 revolved around the theme of the speed of change, raising a question to all participants “Are we ready to embrace changes and withstand new challenges?”

Participants savored 78 hours of curated content from 88 speakers from 4 continents on topics ranging from deep learning, product building fundamentals, customer trust crisis, glocalization to computing, freedom and privacy by the notorious Dr. Richard Stallman, Founder of the Free Software Foundation. 

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Matt Roberts
Director of Research and Analytics, Formula 1
Dr. Elizabeth Churchill
Director, UX at Google
Dr Richard Stallman
Founder, Free Software Foundation
David Helgason
Founder, Unity
Joel Arvidsson
Principal Engineer, Klarna
Parsa Hosseini
Senior Data Scientist, Tesla
Ken Sandy
Industry Fellow and Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Halim Madi
Product Manager, Facebook



The 6th IT Arena that took place from the 27th till 29th of September gathered 3816 visitors, 104 media representatives and 91 speakers at Arena Lviv. It has become a platform that brings together representatives of the global tech industry in Lviv. The four conference tracks, namely Business, Product, Technology, and Startup hosted experts from Microsoft, Ajax System, Spotify, Zalando, IBM, Number 1 Agency, MBition GmbH, etc.

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Daniel Dines
CEO & Founder, UiPath
Oobah Butler
FFounder, The Number 1 Agency
Sharon Lo
Product Manager, Microsoft
Hemant Bhanoo
VP of Product, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
Oleksandr Konotopskyi
CEO, Ajax Systems
Anya Ruvinskaya
Product Lead,Spotify
Soma Muthumanickam
Lead software architect for Automated Driving, ZF
Kira Rudik
Former COO, Ring Ukraine
Rune Theill
Co-Founder & СЕО, Rockstart
Vladimir Kovalyov
Co-Founder & Board Member, Paymentwall

IT Arena 2018 – The Future is INSIDE


IT Arena is growing! 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of the conference – a benchmark not all tech events make through. On September 28-30, 2018 IT Arena brought together a record number of attendees – over 3300. The conference program was divided into 4 tracks: business, technology, product, and startup to cover the key aspects of the IT industry. 100 top experts from global companies, including Facebook, Tesla, Google, eBay, Samsung, etc. shared their experience from IT Arena stage.

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Semyon Dukach
Managing Partner at One Way Ventures; Former Managing Director at Techstars
Sachin Rekhi
Founder & CEO at Notejoy; ex-Head of Product at Linkedin; ex-Product Manager at Microsoft
Stephanie Alys
Chief Pleasure Officer, MysteryVibe
Cassie Kozyrkov
Chief Decision Scientist, Google Cloud
Thabet Alfishawi
Growth Product Manager at Google Assistant; ex Youtube
Martin Villig
Co-Founder, Taxify
Vasily Starostenko
Staff Product Manager at Tesla; ex-Uber
Dmitriy Zaporozhets
CTO, GitLab Inc.
Rune Theill
Co-Founder & СЕО, Rockstart
Vladimir Kovalyov
Co-Founder & Board Member, Paymentwall

IT Arena 2017 – Invent your future today


From the 29th of September to the 1st of October, the largest tech event in Eastern Europe – IT Arena took place in Lviv. The conference has the largest number of participants in Ukraine. This year, the conference gathered 2,300 participants at Arena Lviv stadium. Among them: speakers from the world’s leading companies, top management of Ukrainian and foreign IT companies, local and international media representatives, investors, startups, IT experts and IT students.

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Alexander Nix
CEO, Cambridge Analytica
Martin Eriksson
Founder, ProductTank; Co-Founder & Curator, Mind the Product
Mike Butcher
Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch
Heather Samarin
CPO, AristaMD; ProductRebels; ex Intuit
John Cutler
Senior Product Manager, Zendesk
Jonathan Vella
Co-Founder & Director of Design, Hotjar



The number of foreign guests and speakers who visited IT Arena 2016 has increased twice. The conference was divided into 3 topic-based streams: Product, Business and Technology. However, due to numerous requests from participants, the last stream was divided into 2 parts – for it to have even more exciting speeches. Among the conference speakers were the representatives of the world-renowned companies who shared their experiences exclusively in English. Traditionally, between speeches, the participants could enjoy Tech Expo, Startup Competition, invaluable networking, and loud parties.

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Esther Dyson
Chairman @ EDventure
Stephen Russo
Director of WW Public Safety & Physical Security Solutions @ IBM
Dr. Aleksandro Grabulov
Director Innovation Lead - Connected products @ Philips
Irene Pereyra
User Experience Director, Co-founder @ Anton & Irene
Alexander Galitsky
Co-founder & Managing partner @ AlmazCapital
Eberhard Wolff
Fellow @ innoQ

IT Arena 2015


In 2015 IT Arena showed a totally new level. Participants came from different parts of Ukraine, while among speakers were representatives of the world’s most renowned companies. 


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Greger Ottosson
IBM Design Program Director
Matthias Langholz
SAP Design, Senior Strategic Design Consultant
Tom Gilb
Result Planning Limited Senior Partner
Heike van Geel
SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center Design Strategist
Alex Neskin
Petcube Co-founder & CTO
Max Gurvits
Startup AddVenture Founder at CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture

IT Arena 2014

The first IT Arena took place on October 2-4 2014. Being a meeting ground for 800 participants, including IT professionals from all directions (software engineers, designers, QAs), CEOs, young entrepreneurs and startups the conference became the biggest tech event in Eastern Europe.
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FAQ on the project

  • Is IT Arena solely intended for IT employees?

    IT Arena is traditionally divided into three thematic streams and will be interesting not only for IT-people, but also for designers, PMs, investors, entrepreneurs, startuppers, top-managers, CEOs, and everyone interested in the latest innovations and trends in the IT world.

  • Where can the information about IT Arena speakers be found?

    All information about IT Arena speakers, as well as any updates, can be found on the website.

  • Where will IT Arena be held?

    Traditionally, IT Arena is held at the Arena Lviv Stadium, 199 Stryiska St.

  • The price of the tickets is not that cheap. How are the prices justified?

    Our speakers are chosen by the recognized IT professionals from the leading Ukrainian IT companies, therefore, the lecture quality is exceptionally high. If you look at the cost of a mater-class with ONE of those speakers for your company – the all-in cost will end up being rather high. Lviv IT Arena guarantees way more recognized specialists for you to choose from, as well as the opportunity to communicate with them directly. The tickets prices are relatively low, if compared to the same level conferences in Europe or even in Ukraine. Also, our conference is famous for tasty lunches, good WiFi, productive networking, great after party in different places around the city, and other perks prepared by the event managers.

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