IT Weekend Ukraine 2017 & Ukrainian IT Awards 2017

2017 Sep 16
16a Parkova Rd, Kyiv, Ukraine
Convention & Exhibition Centre PARKOVY
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The annual IT Weekend Ukraine has been bringing together 1000+ attendees to dive into the world of innovations together with global tech experts. During 5 years, we presented speakers from SAP, Skype, IBM, Intel, HP, Dell.

For 2017 we are exploring digital transformation by showcasing the latest developments in Robots & Machines direction with focus on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Big Data and Data Science as well as Bots and Machine Learning.

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Robots Stream

Machines Stream

Robots Stream

Machines Stream

08:00 09:00

Registration

09:00 09:15

Welcome speech from Chris Baker, CEO, SoftServe

09:20 10:20

The Power of Big Data and Psychographics

The combination of big data, quantitive psychology and addressable communications technology is poised to fundamentally disrupt the advertising industry. This talk will examine how these technologies work together and give examples of how this powerful new offering can be applied in political, commercial and social contexts.

The combination of big data, quantitive psychology and addressable communications technology is poised to fundamentally disrupt the advertising industry. This talk will examine how these technologies work together and give examples of how this powerful new offering can be applied in political, commercial and social contexts.

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Dr Alex Tayler

Chief Data Officer at Cambridge Analytica

Dr Alexander Tayler serves as Chief Data Officer at Cambridge Analytica. He is responsible for the company’s technical service offering, including research, data science and engineering. Dr Tayler has a strong background in software development and data science, and has previously worked as Lead Data Scientist at SCL and Research Scientist at Schlumberger.  He holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and BE from University of Newcastle, Australia. more

10:30 11:10

Perception Design - Shaping the Future of Reality

Think of everything you know about human communication. Think about language. Think about clicking, touching, pointing or even wanting. Think about terms like user experience, personalization, augmented reality and the concept of the user interface. Think about decision making. Think about what you know to be reality. Think about thinking. Now forget it all. Join us as we explore how data science, cognitive computing and experience design can work together to shape new ways for humans to perceive our own realities.

Think of everything you know about human communication. Think about language. Think about clicking, touching, pointing or even wanting. Think about terms like user experience, personalization, augmented reality and the concept of the user interface. Think about decision making. Think about what you know to be reality. Think about thinking. Now forget it all. Join us as we explore how data science, cognitive computing and experience design can work together to shape new ways for humans to perceive our own realities.

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Iurii Milovanov

Data Science Practice Leader - SoftServe

Iurii Milovanov is a Data Science Practice Leader with more than 8 years of experience in enterprise-level solutions including Big Data, data mining, and information security. He specializes in scientific and algorithmic approaches to solving various business tasks using state-of-the-art AI techniques, such as deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and speech recognition. more

Matt McBride

VP, Experience Design - SoftServe

Matt is a designer, technologist, problem solver and facilitator of change with 15+ years of experience working at digital agencies and on digital product teams. He serves as the global leader of Experience Design at SoftServe. His focus is bringing Design Thinking methodologies into the world of technology solutions by implementing an empathetic, user-centered method to simplify and humanize business value by focusing on measurable outcomes. Matt studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now serves as a passionate educator and regularly teaches as an adjunct professor of visual design, user experience and design thinking. more

Deep Learning on mobile devices: building a pipeline you can trust

Deep Learning has completely left the research-only zone and is powering applications in very different industries. This has brought requirements of reproducibility, speed and small memory footprint to the foreground. This context mixes hype -where many see Deep Learning as a skeleton key- and critique -acknowledging that a black box approach is not good enough for industry applications. Deploying on a device with strong hardware limitations adds that extra spice to the mix. The talk will cover how to ensure those industry requirements and optimise design and training within your specific hardware constraints, long before device native code is written. We will use an increasingly common use case as an example: a Deep Neural Network to be used for detection in real time in a mobile phone app.

Deep Learning has completely left the research-only zone and is powering applications in very different industries. This has brought requirements of reproducibility, speed and small memory footprint to the foreground. This context mixes hype -where many see Deep Learning as a skeleton key- and critique -acknowledging that a black box approach is not good enough for industry applications. Deploying on a device with strong hardware limitations adds that extra spice to the mix. The talk will cover how to ensure those industry requirements and optimise design and training within your specific hardware constraints, long before device native code is written. We will use an increasingly common use case as an example: a Deep Neural Network to be used for detection in real time in a mobile phone app.

Irina Vidal Migallón

Computer Vision & Machine Learning engineer at Siemens Mobility

Irina has a MEng in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and very soon took a liking to visual problems in Machine Learning and AI: whether it be object detection, segmentation or video retrieval. This has led her to work as a Computer Vision engineer in different industries: from optical biopsy systems at France’s INRIA to surgical planning tools and Augmented Reality applications in the Berlin start-up scene. Every project has shared a common thread: a real-time visual experience for the user while working around hardware limitations. That – and recurring questions on the limits of AI and waking up Skynet. Irina is bent on using breakthroughs in research to power stable products that people can benefit from. more

11:20 11:40

Coffee Break

11:40 12:20

The Power of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for Business

Immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) offer exciting opportunities for human computer interaction and new business cases. AR and VR are predicted to have a huge impact in various industries from tourism, entertainment, retail, sports, education to health and will most likely change the way enterprises do business. In this talk, we will explore the potential benefits of AR and VR for businesses by presenting use cases in various industries. We will look at key challenges as well as business opportunities through the combination of AR and VR and other emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data in the context of industry 4.0. The talk will end with suggestions how businesses can harness the power of AR and VR by focusing on the way these immersive technologies can improve quality of life and enhance work efficiency.

Immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) offer exciting opportunities for human computer interaction and new business cases. AR and VR are predicted to have a huge impact in various industries from tourism, entertainment, retail, sports, education to health and will most likely change the way enterprises do business. In this talk, we will explore the potential benefits of AR and VR for businesses by presenting use cases in various industries. We will look at key challenges as well as business opportunities through the combination of AR and VR and other emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data in the context of industry 4.0. The talk will end with suggestions how businesses can harness the power of AR and VR by focusing on the way these immersive technologies can improve quality of life and enhance work efficiency.

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Timothy Jung

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Dr. Timothy Jung is Founder and Director of the Creative Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub (www2.mmu.ac.uk/creativear) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has been involved in a number of funded AR VR research projects at national and international level and currently, he is managing various Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Projects in the Tourism and Creative Industry. He is an advisor of BirdHIVE VR & Drone project led by Lake District National Park. He is renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and his research work has been covered by Manchester Evening News, TechNorth, VRFocus, TechRadar, Independent, Huffington Post and he is a regular invited speaker & keynote speaker in major international conferences. He is the Conference Chair of International AR & VR Conference 2017/2018 in Manchester. more

How to Progress from NLP to Artificial Intelligence

Why isn’t Siri smarter? Our computers currently have no commonsense understanding of our world. This deficiency forces them to rely on parlor tricks when processing natural language because our language evolved not to describe the world but rather to communicate the delta on top of our shared conception. The field of natural language processing has largely been about developing these parlor tricks into robust techniques. This talk will explain these techniques and discuss what needs to be done to move from tricks to understanding.

Why isn’t Siri smarter? Our computers currently have no commonsense understanding of our world. This deficiency forces them to rely on parlor tricks when processing natural language because our language evolved not to describe the world but rather to communicate the delta on top of our shared conception. The field of natural language processing has largely been about developing these parlor tricks into robust techniques. This talk will explain these techniques and discuss what needs to be done to move from tricks to understanding.

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Jonathan Mugan

Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Dr. Jonathan Mugan is Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar. Dr. Mugan specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. His current research focuses in the area of deep learning, where he seeks to allow computers to acquire abstract representations that enable them to capture subtleties of meaning. Dr. Mugan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis was centered in developmental robotics, which is an area of research that seeks to understand how robots can learn about the world in the same way that human children do. Dr. Mugan also held a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked at the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction. He is also the author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion. more

12:30 13:10

Practical Object Tracking for Augmented Reality

The talk presents the State of Art of Augmented Reality technologies with a focus on the latest achievements related to 3D object tracking. The typical processes involved in the creation of robust 3D trackable data will be discussed using both CAD-based and photogrammetry-based approaches, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Practical use cases will be discussed with meaningful examples taken from the Industry, Cultural Heritage, AEC, Gaming and Publishing sectors.

The talk presents the State of Art of Augmented Reality technologies with a focus on the latest achievements related to 3D object tracking. The typical processes involved in the creation of robust 3D trackable data will be discussed using both CAD-based and photogrammetry-based approaches, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Practical use cases will be discussed with meaningful examples taken from the Industry, Cultural Heritage, AEC, Gaming and Publishing sectors.

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Alessandro Terenzi

CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro is co-founder of Inglobe Technologies, a company that specialises in Augmented Reality applications development and services. His experience in Augmented Reality and related technologies spans over 10 years, during which several projects were completed in many different application domains (Cultural Heritage, Architecture & Engineering, Maintenance & Training, Industry, Media). Alessandro first started as a R&D engineer and currently is covering the CTO position at Inglobe Technologies where he developed the well-known AR-media Plugins line of products for content creators as well as the AR-media SDK for software developers. Recently he focused also on industrial applications and solutions leveraging on Augmented Reality. Along with production activities he regularly spends a good amount of time on research activities as well. more

How Startups Can Unleash The Power Of Artificial Intelligence

Presentation will cover main strategic initiatives that company has to take in order to successfully adopt AI. Focusing on data, growing narrow expertise, getting advantage of academia and creating a process versus chaotic experimentation.

Presentation will cover main strategic initiatives that company has to take in order to successfully adopt AI. Focusing on data, growing narrow expertise, getting advantage of academia and creating a process versus chaotic experimentation.

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Artur Kiulian

Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian is a Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio that helps early stage startups build technology products using the benefits of machine learning. Colab has combined company valuations of over $300 million. A specialist in artificial intelligence, Artur is the author of “Robot Is The Boss: How To Do Business with Artificial Intelligence”, a book that teaches companies how to incorporate machine learning into their businesses. more

13:20 14:00

Virtual Reality: An Inevitable Future

Humanity has always craved immersive experiences. In the modern age, this manifests itself in, among other things, our increasing appetite for bigger, higher resolution screens, our attraction to immersive theatre, and the many purchases we make under the banner of 'experience days'. In this talk, we will explore how virtual reality has evolved as an immersive storytelling device from its primitive predecessors. We will look at how VR is currently being used and how it could be used in the future, alongside an analysis of predictions and trends in the industry. Through these different lenses, we will start to understand why virtual reality's future is not only secure but expected to form a significant part of both our personal and professional lives.

Humanity has always craved immersive experiences. In the modern age, this manifests itself in, among other things, our increasing appetite for bigger, higher resolution screens, our attraction to immersive theatre, and the many purchases we make under the banner of 'experience days'. In this talk, we will explore how virtual reality has evolved as an immersive storytelling device from its primitive predecessors. We will look at how VR is currently being used and how it could be used in the future, alongside an analysis of predictions and trends in the industry. Through these different lenses, we will start to understand why virtual reality's future is not only secure but expected to form a significant part of both our personal and professional lives.

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Jeremy Dalton

VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy leads PwC’s VR/AR proposition, helping clients understand and quantify the benefits of virtual & augmented reality technology. On a personal level, Jeremy is invested (both mentally and financially) in VR and AR. He believes these technologies will play a significant role in how we live and work in the future. He’ll also tell this to anybody who will listen and has spoken at conferences and festivals across the world from SXSW in Austin to the Battle of Ideas in London. As part of my mission to educate, connect and inspire, I am the co-president of the London chapter of the VR/AR Association, a global industry trade group for virtual reality and augmented reality with chapters, committees and 3,700+ organisations as members worldwide. Having come from a mixed British/Arab heritage, Jeremy was born in London but spent most of his life living in Dubai. He returned to the UK to study mathematics at the University of Southampton and met his Turkish wife while spending a semester abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He also happens to be a Chartered Accountant (but prefers not to advertise that too loudly!) You can find Jeremy on Twitter under the handle @jeremycdalton more

The unconventional Introduction to Deep Learning

Introducing Deep Learning requires a mixture of expertise ranging from basic computer science concepts to more advanced knowledge of linear algebra and calculus. A classical introduction to the topic would go through explaining about activation functions, optimisers & gradients, batches, feed-forward and recurrent multi-layer networks. This is the “conventional” way: leveraging on a more theoretical perspective to ultimately explain how to effectively implement Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). The other way, namely the unconventional way, to introduce Deep Learning is from the perspective of the computational model it requires. Therefore, this is the case when you may want to describe ANNs in terms of Accelerated Kernel Matrix Multiplication and the gem[m|v] BLAS library, parallel execution models, and CPUs vs GPUs computing. This is exactly the perspective I intend to pursue in this talk. Different libraries and tools from the Python ecosystem, namely theano, tensorflow, and pytorch, will be presented and compared, specifically in terms of their underlying computational models.

Introducing Deep Learning requires a mixture of expertise ranging from basic computer science concepts to more advanced knowledge of linear algebra and calculus. A classical introduction to the topic would go through explaining about activation functions, optimisers & gradients, batches, feed-forward and recurrent multi-layer networks. This is the “conventional” way: leveraging on a more theoretical perspective to ultimately explain how to effectively implement Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). The other way, namely the unconventional way, to introduce Deep Learning is from the perspective of the computational model it requires. Therefore, this is the case when you may want to describe ANNs in terms of Accelerated Kernel Matrix Multiplication and the gem[m|v] BLAS library, parallel execution models, and CPUs vs GPUs computing. This is exactly the perspective I intend to pursue in this talk. Different libraries and tools from the Python ecosystem, namely theano, tensorflow, and pytorch, will be presented and compared, specifically in terms of their underlying computational models.

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Valerio Maggio

Data Scientist @ FBK - MPBA

Valerio Maggio has a Ph.D. in Computational Science from the University of Naples “Federico II” and he is currently a Postdoc researcher in the FBK – MPBA team in Trento, Italy. His research interests are focused on Machine and Deep Learning. Valerio is very much involved in the scientific Python community, and he is an active speaker at many Python conference including EuroPython and EuroScipy. He uses Python as the mainstream language for his deep/machine learning code, and the lead organiser of the PyData Italy conferences. He also enjoys playing basketball and drinking tea Github: https://github.com/leriomaggio Twitter: https://twitter.com/leriomaggio LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriomaggio more

14:10 14:50

Lunch Time

14:50 15:30

Data Science – The New Troublemaker in the Delivery Pipeline

Data Science, Big Data or AI are buzzwords no one can escape in the last years. With a grain of salt, in the past it was sufficient for many companies to just buy a Hadoop cluster in order to show that one is really doing “this data stuff”. Times are changing and the companies slowly realize that data buried in a datacenter is worth nothing. The biggest value of data science lies in data-driven automation of business decisions and therefore as an active part of a company’s value stream. Just like mechanical engineering for an automotive manufacturer or software development for a tech company. Because of this, the same arguments for continuous delivery apply to the data science delivery process. Furthermore, as data science needs to pull data “greedy” from many different sources, this imposes a new dimension of complexity to the continuous delivery pipeline. While the increased required resources can mostly be managed, the increased coherence due to the excessive number of different data sources from throughout the whole business creates great trouble, especially for modern modular and scalable architectures like microservices. At Blue Yonder, we have more than seven years of (sometimes painful) experience delivering and operating predictive applications as-a-service for our customers. In this talk I will share important lessons learned, how we deploy, how we test, how we monitor and how we “crunch the numbers”. In short, I will take you for a walk through our data science delivery pipeline.

Data Science, Big Data or AI are buzzwords no one can escape in the last years. With a grain of salt, in the past it was sufficient for many companies to just buy a Hadoop cluster in order to show that one is really doing “this data stuff”. Times are changing and the companies slowly realize that data buried in a datacenter is worth nothing. The biggest value of data science lies in data-driven automation of business decisions and therefore as an active part of a company’s value stream. Just like mechanical engineering for an automotive manufacturer or software development for a tech company. Because of this, the same arguments for continuous delivery apply to the data science delivery process. Furthermore, as data science needs to pull data “greedy” from many different sources, this imposes a new dimension of complexity to the continuous delivery pipeline. While the increased required resources can mostly be managed, the increased coherence due to the excessive number of different data sources from throughout the whole business creates great trouble, especially for modern modular and scalable architectures like microservices. At Blue Yonder, we have more than seven years of (sometimes painful) experience delivering and operating predictive applications as-a-service for our customers. In this talk I will share important lessons learned, how we deploy, how we test, how we monitor and how we “crunch the numbers”. In short, I will take you for a walk through our data science delivery pipeline.

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Sebastian Neubauer

Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian joined Blue Yonder as a Data Scientist after completing his PhD in physics. One of the first things Sebastian learned on the job is that it takes a lot more than just software and algorithms to deliver value to customers. Realizing this, he focused his efforts on configuration management and application life cycle management as well as the design, development and operation of distributed systems. He is now a Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder specializing in the improvement of data science delivery services. more

Detection of Twitter Bots: theory and practice

Cyber warfare can take many forms. While virus attacks and hacking of the infrastructure get most of the attention lately, there are more subtle - and, arguably, more dangerous in the long term - way to exploit the reliance of the modern society on the Internet. Nation states, governments, political entities, terrorist groups - numerous organizations reportedly conduct explicit campaigns to influence opinions on social media, posing a risk to freedom of expression. The need to consistently and quickly identify and eliminate “influence bots”— realistic, programmatically controlled online identities whose sole goal is to illicitly shape discussions on sites like Twitter and other social networks—before they get too influential. We will discuss the reasoning behind SentiBot(tm) - a bot-detection system that combines sentiment analysis, network analytics and machine learning.

Cyber warfare can take many forms. While virus attacks and hacking of the infrastructure get most of the attention lately, there are more subtle - and, arguably, more dangerous in the long term - way to exploit the reliance of the modern society on the Internet. Nation states, governments, political entities, terrorist groups - numerous organizations reportedly conduct explicit campaigns to influence opinions on social media, posing a risk to freedom of expression. The need to consistently and quickly identify and eliminate “influence bots”— realistic, programmatically controlled online identities whose sole goal is to illicitly shape discussions on sites like Twitter and other social networks—before they get too influential. We will discuss the reasoning behind SentiBot(tm) - a bot-detection system that combines sentiment analysis, network analytics and machine learning.

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Vadim Kagan

President and a co-founder of SentiMetrix, Inc

Mr. Kagan has over 20 years of experience in the information technology, guiding conceptual research, design, development and maintenance of large-scale applications and systems software.  He has a long record of bringing to the industry the latest research results in data mining, unstructured data categorization and classification and natural language processing by incorporating them into robust applications on the Internet scale. Mr. Kagan is the president and a co-founder of SentiMetrix, He oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and the  development of its technology stack, Mr. Kagan spearheaded company’s efforts on several projects funded by the US government agencies. As a PM on DARPA SMISC – study of information diffusion in social networks – Mr. Kagan led a consortium that included teams from Stanford, RPI and several other companies in developing technology for tracking and forecasting spread of memes and opinions in social networks. A bot detection system that was developed as part of the project helped SentiMetrix team to become the winner of the DARPA Bot Challenge. During the ARL-funded PPAT project, Mr. Kagan oversaw the development of technology to forecast country stability and degree of violence of public protests based on data from open sources and social media. The technology was also successfully applied to tracking and forecasting the spread of the Ebola epidemic. In his role as the PM and Tech Lead for the COPTADS project funded by TATRC, Mr. Kagan lead the team that developed technology to calculate, based on analysis of textual documents, such as blog and forum posts or free-form survey responses, the likelihood that the author of the text may be displaying signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to SentiMetrix, Mr. Kagan worked for over 11 years for America Online (AOL), where he started as the second member of the search technology team. At AOL, Mr. Kagan held multiple positions focusing on technology development and management and let teams ranging in size from 10 to 50 engineers, focusing on data analysis and categorization. Before AOL, Mr. Kagan worked as a programmer-analyst for for Westat, the leading provider of survey services to the US government agencies. Mr. Kagan holds a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. Mr. Kagan has multiple publications on applications on Big Data analytics and machine learning applications to real-world problems, including a book on using sentiment analysis for PTSD detection. more

15:40 16:20

Privacy vs Safety: How to stay ahead of threats while maintaining a degree of privacy

In today’s world safety and security threats to businesses, to people, and to assets are constantly changing and evolving. Threats are becoming much more elaborate and advanced. In this highly interconnected world it is becoming very difficult to balance between personal privacy and ensuring safety and security. Information technology and social media are in many ways enabling global threats to be planned across country boarders, allowing financing to be provided from anonymous and sometimes very distant sources and changing peoples ideologies in a negative way. This is creating a demand by those tasked with our safety for access to more and more information on intercommunication and the actions and activities of people. This begins in infringe on privacy, how much of our lives and activities should be exposed for a greater degree of safety? How do we prevent this information from being used in malicious ways that threaten people’s privacy. These questions will be explored showing how, in many ways we will need to “give up some privacy, to get greater safety and security” Yet how do we draw the line and when does giving up our privacy potentially put us at greater risk.

In today’s world safety and security threats to businesses, to people, and to assets are constantly changing and evolving. Threats are becoming much more elaborate and advanced. In this highly interconnected world it is becoming very difficult to balance between personal privacy and ensuring safety and security. Information technology and social media are in many ways enabling global threats to be planned across country boarders, allowing financing to be provided from anonymous and sometimes very distant sources and changing peoples ideologies in a negative way. This is creating a demand by those tasked with our safety for access to more and more information on intercommunication and the actions and activities of people. This begins in infringe on privacy, how much of our lives and activities should be exposed for a greater degree of safety? How do we prevent this information from being used in malicious ways that threaten people’s privacy. These questions will be explored showing how, in many ways we will need to “give up some privacy, to get greater safety and security” Yet how do we draw the line and when does giving up our privacy potentially put us at greater risk.

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Stephen R. Russo

WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions

WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions. Steve has 30 years of extensive experience designing developing and deploying worldwide Information technology and City solutions and Safety/Security solutions.  In the past 17 years he has led the creation and growth of IBMs City Solution, Command Control, Physical Security and Public Safety businesses working closely with city officials and public safety experts from around the globe.   Stephen is focused on advanced research technology in multi-media analytics and cognitive computing for use in providing full situational awareness for operations and for safety and security, as well as incident and crisis management.  He works very closely with clients on the implementation of technology to improve efficiency to better manage personnel and assets, and to proactively handle threats. In addition Steve has deployed solutions that can both proactively and reactively manage incidents and emergencies. He has worked closely with public and private sector on technologies to continuously optimize these solutions.  He has degrees in software and hardware engineering with experience in executive management, as well as industry experience, business development, channel enablement, solution architecture, advanced technology implementation and worldwide deployment. Stephen servers on the IJIS board of directors. He has also taught lectures in many international conferences and universities and serves as PEP Executive for the University of Connecticut.  In addition he holds leadership positions in multiple charitable organizations. more

How to Survive as a VR / AR startup

Although virtual reality & augmented reality have a bright future they are not seeing market & consumer growth as expected. This slow uptake means entering or surviving the VR & AR market as an indie developer, production studio or agency is a difficult and long term game which is claiming its toll of failed VR startups along the way. How can you enter this market and survive the next few years as VR & AR matures to ensure you are ready to capitalize on its inevitable massive industry growth in the future. This presentation will touch upon the lessons learnt from Glitch Studios, a VR & AR production studio with offices in London, Oslo & Istanbul, uncovering some of the myths around this industry and some of the pitfalls that can be avoided to maximise your success as we hold our breath for mass consumer adoption.

Although virtual reality & augmented reality have a bright future they are not seeing market & consumer growth as expected. This slow uptake means entering or surviving the VR & AR market as an indie developer, production studio or agency is a difficult and long term game which is claiming its toll of failed VR startups along the way. How can you enter this market and survive the next few years as VR & AR matures to ensure you are ready to capitalize on its inevitable massive industry growth in the future. This presentation will touch upon the lessons learnt from Glitch Studios, a VR & AR production studio with offices in London, Oslo & Istanbul, uncovering some of the myths around this industry and some of the pitfalls that can be avoided to maximise your success as we hold our breath for mass consumer adoption.

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Sami Hamid

VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami is an experienced international project manager who has over 10 years of project management under his belt. His adventures have seen him in critical roles in projects including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and 2010 Shanghai World Exposition. Sami has been in the virtual reality industry since early 2015 producing both small and large scale projects using early hardware development kits while creating and managing a VR production team consisting of developers, designers and 3D artists. Apart from co-founding Glitch Studios, Sami is also the Virtual Reality Lab Director for VR1, a Crytek led incubation initiative mentoring grass root VR projects & teams to learn and experiment with this emerging technology. He is also a VR Evangelist organising and attending VR community events and conferences around Europe and Turkey. Sami is a gamer at heart, having spent much of his youth immersed in video games of all genres. He is a self-taught programmer, certified Unity developer, and enjoys developing indie VR projects in his spare time. He believes video game mechanics and game architecture are fundamental building blocks in the creation of compelling and unique virtual reality experiences. more

16:30 16:50

Coffee Break

16:50 18:30

16:50 17:10

Dear Santa, I can explain…

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Jaanika Merilo

Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv

Jaanika Merilo has 20 years of experience in IT and 15 years in TMT investment management. During these years she participated in creating Estonian government, backed Estonian Development fund, dedicated to financing high export potential innovative projects, was Managing Director of Investment fund US Invest, and since Maidan has dedicated her work and time to create the good business and investment environment in Ukraine by implementing e-government solutions from e-democracy to open budgets and procurements. Jaanika is considered as one of the main drivers of Ukrainan Digital Revolution and was nominated in 2015 by Google and Financial Times to top NE100 of “Innovators whose innovations change the world for better”. Jaanika has graduated her masters from the University of Cumbria in UK and studied Executive Management in Cornell and is lecturing in several leading universities in Ukraine. She is currently Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv, and expert on National E-Government Agency in Ukraine. more

17:10 17:30

Ukrainian IT in Texas: crazy as rednecks and hot as jalapeno

Texas is a special state in US where 44% of population owns a gun (and other 66% owns it too actually, but never admit it), where people generate GDP equal to 2/3 of the whole Russian GDP (yeah, “Texans” work hard when they have a spare time from shooting from guns), they even have their own abandoned supercollider (probably, somebody lost an instruction at some point how to use it). Tons of other interesting facts and fuckups related to these facts from our Texas IT-resident Valentyn Kropov.

Texas is a special state in US where 44% of population owns a gun (and other 66% owns it too actually, but never admit it), where people generate GDP equal to 2/3 of the whole Russian GDP (yeah, “Texans” work hard when they have a spare time from shooting from guns), they even have their own abandoned supercollider (probably, somebody lost an instruction at some point how to use it). Tons of other interesting facts and fuckups related to these facts from our Texas IT-resident Valentyn Kropov.

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Valentyn Kropov

Delivery Director, SoftServe

Valentyn is a passionate early promoter of new trends and technologies like Big Data, Data Science and later Automation (RPA/SPA) who works with companies like Cisco, Cloudera, Deloitte on the most comprehensive projects. Founder of GeekSpeaks.Club – an IT school where he gathered best IT professionals to teach IT professionals and and Kyiv Big Data Community – biggest Big Data community in Eastern Europe. Valentyn also is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences where exceptional mixture of technical, business and managerial skills makes him a perfect speaker on a variety of topics. more

17:30 17:50

Chinese development

The story of product development for the Chinese market

The story of product development for the Chinese market

Language RUS

Evgeniy Labunskiy

Agile Coach, Process Consultant

Agile Coach, partner at Scrum Ukraine. 10 years overall industry experience with 7 years in Agile environment. Helping up several companies with Agile/Lean Transformations. more

17:50 18:10

Three wrong decisions in one promising business

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Alex Lutskiy

Co-founder and CEO of Innovecs

With over 15 years’ experience working throughout the Americas and Europe, Alex brings strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, and system engineering strategies. He brings nearly a decade of experience building IT outsourcing businesses to Innovecs. Alex started his professional career in the early 1990s as a software engineer. He held senior positions with variety of U.S. companies, where he demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Prior to joining Innovecs, Alex served as vice-president of Delivery at GlobalLogic, a global R&D provider, and vice-president of Business Applications and Operations at Ipsos, where he led operations and strategic direction for the Business Applications group at Ipsos Loyalty North America. He was also a founder of E-Vector, an offshore technology outsourcing company, which he successfully ran as CEO for three years. On March 25, 2017 Alex Lutskiy received prestigious national honor “Person of the Year-2016”, winning the category “Leader of the Digital Industry” together with his company Innovecs. Alex holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Kharkiv State University and is pursuing an executive education program at IE Business School in the United States. more

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"The reality is plasticine. Therefore, everything can be changed. The right to create the world is the highest privilege: not to use something create by others, but creating one's own reality and to offer it to others "(c) Andriy Fedoriv. It may seems like an ideal creative leader. But no, fuck ups happen even with such people.

"The reality is plasticine. Therefore, everything can be changed. The right to create the world is the highest privilege: not to use something create by others, but creating one's own reality and to offer it to others "(c) Andriy Fedoriv. It may seems like an ideal creative leader. But no, fuck ups happen even with such people.

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Andriy Fedoriv

Founder and owner at FEDORIV, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Advertising Coalition

The youngest winner of the “Trace in advertising” for his personal contribution to the development of the advertising market. Founder and owner at FEDORIV — №1 Ukrainian branding agency that performs within 5 countries. He led the development and launch of several hundred brands since 1996. more

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This year, IT Weekend Ukraine is raising money for a good cause with 25% of the ticket price going to a charity initiative.

Money raised will go to SoftServe Charity Fund “Open Eyes” to implement a project ‘Positive rooms’. This is a special bright place for kids who undergo treatment in hospitals. The aim of the project is to create positive space with games, books, toys, creative and educational materials. This is the room where kids can forget about being patients for a while, just smile and have fun.

Charity Fund “Open Eyes” founded in 2014 has been implementing social, educational, cultural and infrastructure projects. To find more information about the Fund please visit website.

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Data Scientist @ FBK - MPBA

Valerio Maggio

Data Scientist @ FBK - MPBA

Valerio Maggio

Valerio Maggio has a Ph.D. in Computational Science from the University of Naples “Federico II” and he is currently a Postdoc researcher in the FBK – MPBA team in Trento, Italy. His research interests are focused on Machine and Deep Learning. Valerio is very much involved in the scientific Python community, and he is an active speaker at many Python conference including EuroPython and EuroScipy. He uses Python as the mainstream language for his deep/machine learning code, and the lead organiser of the PyData Italy conferences. He also enjoys playing basketball and drinking tea Github: https://github.com/leriomaggio Twitter: https://twitter.com/leriomaggio LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriomaggio

WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions

Stephen R. Russo

WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions

Stephen R. Russo

WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions. Steve has 30 years of extensive experience designing developing and deploying worldwide Information technology and City solutions and Safety/Security solutions.  In the past 17 years he has led the creation and growth of IBMs City Solution, Command Control, Physical Security and Public Safety businesses working closely with city officials and public safety experts from around the globe.   Stephen is focused on advanced research technology in multi-media analytics and cognitive computing for use in providing full situational awareness for operations and for safety and security, as well as incident and crisis management.  He works very closely with clients on the implementation of technology to improve efficiency to better manage personnel and assets, and to proactively handle threats. In addition Steve has deployed solutions that can both proactively and reactively manage incidents and emergencies. He has worked closely with public and private sector on technologies to continuously optimize these solutions.  He has degrees in software and hardware engineering with experience in executive management, as well as industry experience, business development, channel enablement, solution architecture, advanced technology implementation and worldwide deployment. Stephen servers on the IJIS board of directors. He has also taught lectures in many international conferences and universities and serves as PEP Executive for the University of Connecticut.  In addition he holds leadership positions in multiple charitable organizations.

Co-founder and CEO of Innovecs

Alex Lutskiy

Co-founder and CEO of Innovecs

Alex Lutskiy

With over 15 years’ experience working throughout the Americas and Europe, Alex brings strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, and system engineering strategies. He brings nearly a decade of experience building IT outsourcing businesses to Innovecs. Alex started his professional career in the early 1990s as a software engineer. He held senior positions with variety of U.S. companies, where he demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Prior to joining Innovecs, Alex served as vice-president of Delivery at GlobalLogic, a global R&D provider, and vice-president of Business Applications and Operations at Ipsos, where he led operations and strategic direction for the Business Applications group at Ipsos Loyalty North America. He was also a founder of E-Vector, an offshore technology outsourcing company, which he successfully ran as CEO for three years. On March 25, 2017 Alex Lutskiy received prestigious national honor “Person of the Year-2016”, winning the category “Leader of the Digital Industry” together with his company Innovecs. Alex holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Kharkiv State University and is pursuing an executive education program at IE Business School in the United States.

Founder and owner at FEDORIV, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Advertising Coalition

Andriy Fedoriv

Founder and owner at FEDORIV, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Advertising Coalition

Andriy Fedoriv

The youngest winner of the “Trace in advertising” for his personal contribution to the development of the advertising market. Founder and owner at FEDORIV — №1 Ukrainian branding agency that performs within 5 countries. He led the development and launch of several hundred brands since 1996.

Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv

Jaanika Merilo

Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv

Jaanika Merilo

Jaanika Merilo has 20 years of experience in IT and 15 years in TMT investment management. During these years she participated in creating Estonian government, backed Estonian Development fund, dedicated to financing high export potential innovative projects, was Managing Director of Investment fund US Invest, and since Maidan has dedicated her work and time to create the good business and investment environment in Ukraine by implementing e-government solutions from e-democracy to open budgets and procurements. Jaanika is considered as one of the main drivers of Ukrainan Digital Revolution and was nominated in 2015 by Google and Financial Times to top NE100 of “Innovators whose innovations change the world for better”. Jaanika has graduated her masters from the University of Cumbria in UK and studied Executive Management in Cornell and is lecturing in several leading universities in Ukraine. She is currently Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv, and expert on National E-Government Agency in Ukraine.

Data Science Practice Leader - SoftServe

Iurii Milovanov

Data Science Practice Leader - SoftServe

Iurii Milovanov

Iurii Milovanov is a Data Science Practice Leader with more than 8 years of experience in enterprise-level solutions including Big Data, data mining, and information security. He specializes in scientific and algorithmic approaches to solving various business tasks using state-of-the-art AI techniques, such as deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and speech recognition.

VP, Experience Design - SoftServe

Matt McBride

VP, Experience Design - SoftServe

Matt McBride

Matt is a designer, technologist, problem solver and facilitator of change with 15+ years of experience working at digital agencies and on digital product teams. He serves as the global leader of Experience Design at SoftServe. His focus is bringing Design Thinking methodologies into the world of technology solutions by implementing an empathetic, user-centered method to simplify and humanize business value by focusing on measurable outcomes. Matt studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now serves as a passionate educator and regularly teaches as an adjunct professor of visual design, user experience and design thinking.

Chief Data Officer at Cambridge Analytica

Dr Alex Tayler

Chief Data Officer at Cambridge Analytica

Dr Alex Tayler

Dr Alexander Tayler serves as Chief Data Officer at Cambridge Analytica. He is responsible for the company’s technical service offering, including research, data science and engineering. Dr Tayler has a strong background in software development and data science, and has previously worked as Lead Data Scientist at SCL and Research Scientist at Schlumberger.  He holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and BE from University of Newcastle, Australia.

President and a co-founder of SentiMetrix, Inc

Vadim Kagan

President and a co-founder of SentiMetrix, Inc

Vadim Kagan

Mr. Kagan has over 20 years of experience in the information technology, guiding conceptual research, design, development and maintenance of large-scale applications and systems software.  He has a long record of bringing to the industry the latest research results in data mining, unstructured data categorization and classification and natural language processing by incorporating them into robust applications on the Internet scale. Mr. Kagan is the president and a co-founder of SentiMetrix, He oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and the  development of its technology stack, Mr. Kagan spearheaded company’s efforts on several projects funded by the US government agencies. As a PM on DARPA SMISC – study of information diffusion in social networks – Mr. Kagan led a consortium that included teams from Stanford, RPI and several other companies in developing technology for tracking and forecasting spread of memes and opinions in social networks. A bot detection system that was developed as part of the project helped SentiMetrix team to become the winner of the DARPA Bot Challenge. During the ARL-funded PPAT project, Mr. Kagan oversaw the development of technology to forecast country stability and degree of violence of public protests based on data from open sources and social media. The technology was also successfully applied to tracking and forecasting the spread of the Ebola epidemic. In his role as the PM and Tech Lead for the COPTADS project funded by TATRC, Mr. Kagan lead the team that developed technology to calculate, based on analysis of textual documents, such as blog and forum posts or free-form survey responses, the likelihood that the author of the text may be displaying signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to SentiMetrix, Mr. Kagan worked for over 11 years for America Online (AOL), where he started as the second member of the search technology team. At AOL, Mr. Kagan held multiple positions focusing on technology development and management and let teams ranging in size from 10 to 50 engineers, focusing on data analysis and categorization. Before AOL, Mr. Kagan worked as a programmer-analyst for for Westat, the leading provider of survey services to the US government agencies. Mr. Kagan holds a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. Mr. Kagan has multiple publications on applications on Big Data analytics and machine learning applications to real-world problems, including a book on using sentiment analysis for PTSD detection.

Agile Coach, Process Consultant

Evgeniy Labunskiy

Agile Coach, Process Consultant

Evgeniy Labunskiy

Agile Coach, partner at Scrum Ukraine. 10 years overall industry experience with 7 years in Agile environment. Helping up several companies with Agile/Lean Transformations.

Computer Vision & Machine Learning engineer at Siemens Mobility

Irina Vidal Migallón

Computer Vision & Machine Learning engineer at Siemens Mobility

Irina Vidal Migallón

Irina has a MEng in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and very soon took a liking to visual problems in Machine Learning and AI: whether it be object detection, segmentation or video retrieval. This has led her to work as a Computer Vision engineer in different industries: from optical biopsy systems at France’s INRIA to surgical planning tools and Augmented Reality applications in the Berlin start-up scene. Every project has shared a common thread: a real-time visual experience for the user while working around hardware limitations. That – and recurring questions on the limits of AI and waking up Skynet. Irina is bent on using breakthroughs in research to power stable products that people can benefit from.

Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian

Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio

Artur Kiulian

Artur Kiulian is a Partner at Colab, a Los Angeles-based venture studio that helps early stage startups build technology products using the benefits of machine learning. Colab has combined company valuations of over $300 million. A specialist in artificial intelligence, Artur is the author of “Robot Is The Boss: How To Do Business with Artificial Intelligence”, a book that teaches companies how to incorporate machine learning into their businesses.

CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro Terenzi

CTO at Inglobe Technologies

Alessandro Terenzi

Alessandro is co-founder of Inglobe Technologies, a company that specialises in Augmented Reality applications development and services. His experience in Augmented Reality and related technologies spans over 10 years, during which several projects were completed in many different application domains (Cultural Heritage, Architecture & Engineering, Maintenance & Training, Industry, Media). Alessandro first started as a R&D engineer and currently is covering the CTO position at Inglobe Technologies where he developed the well-known AR-media Plugins line of products for content creators as well as the AR-media SDK for software developers. Recently he focused also on industrial applications and solutions leveraging on Augmented Reality. Along with production activities he regularly spends a good amount of time on research activities as well.

VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy Dalton

VR/AR Lead at PwC UK

Jeremy Dalton

Jeremy leads PwC’s VR/AR proposition, helping clients understand and quantify the benefits of virtual & augmented reality technology. On a personal level, Jeremy is invested (both mentally and financially) in VR and AR. He believes these technologies will play a significant role in how we live and work in the future. He’ll also tell this to anybody who will listen and has spoken at conferences and festivals across the world from SXSW in Austin to the Battle of Ideas in London. As part of my mission to educate, connect and inspire, I am the co-president of the London chapter of the VR/AR Association, a global industry trade group for virtual reality and augmented reality with chapters, committees and 3,700+ organisations as members worldwide. Having come from a mixed British/Arab heritage, Jeremy was born in London but spent most of his life living in Dubai. He returned to the UK to study mathematics at the University of Southampton and met his Turkish wife while spending a semester abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He also happens to be a Chartered Accountant (but prefers not to advertise that too loudly!) You can find Jeremy on Twitter under the handle @jeremycdalton

Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian Neubauer

Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder GmbH

Sebastian Neubauer

Sebastian joined Blue Yonder as a Data Scientist after completing his PhD in physics. One of the first things Sebastian learned on the job is that it takes a lot more than just software and algorithms to deliver value to customers. Realizing this, he focused his efforts on configuration management and application life cycle management as well as the design, development and operation of distributed systems. He is now a Senior Data Scientist at Blue Yonder specializing in the improvement of data science delivery services.

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Timothy Jung

Director of Creative AR & VR Hub

Timothy Jung

Dr. Timothy Jung is Founder and Director of the Creative Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub (www2.mmu.ac.uk/creativear) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has been involved in a number of funded AR VR research projects at national and international level and currently, he is managing various Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Projects in the Tourism and Creative Industry. He is an advisor of BirdHIVE VR & Drone project led by Lake District National Park. He is renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and his research work has been covered by Manchester Evening News, TechNorth, VRFocus, TechRadar, Independent, Huffington Post and he is a regular invited speaker & keynote speaker in major international conferences. He is the Conference Chair of International AR & VR Conference 2017/2018 in Manchester.

VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami Hamid

VR Producer & Co-Founder at Glitch Studios AS

Sami Hamid

Sami is an experienced international project manager who has over 10 years of project management under his belt. His adventures have seen him in critical roles in projects including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and 2010 Shanghai World Exposition. Sami has been in the virtual reality industry since early 2015 producing both small and large scale projects using early hardware development kits while creating and managing a VR production team consisting of developers, designers and 3D artists. Apart from co-founding Glitch Studios, Sami is also the Virtual Reality Lab Director for VR1, a Crytek led incubation initiative mentoring grass root VR projects & teams to learn and experiment with this emerging technology. He is also a VR Evangelist organising and attending VR community events and conferences around Europe and Turkey. Sami is a gamer at heart, having spent much of his youth immersed in video games of all genres. He is a self-taught programmer, certified Unity developer, and enjoys developing indie VR projects in his spare time. He believes video game mechanics and game architecture are fundamental building blocks in the creation of compelling and unique virtual reality experiences.

Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Jonathan Mugan

Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar

Jonathan Mugan

Dr. Jonathan Mugan is Co-Founder and CEO at DeepGrammar. Dr. Mugan specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. His current research focuses in the area of deep learning, where he seeks to allow computers to acquire abstract representations that enable them to capture subtleties of meaning. Dr. Mugan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis was centered in developmental robotics, which is an area of research that seeks to understand how robots can learn about the world in the same way that human children do. Dr. Mugan also held a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked at the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction. He is also the author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion.

Delivery Director, SoftServe

Valentyn Kropov

Delivery Director, SoftServe

Valentyn Kropov

Valentyn is a passionate early promoter of new trends and technologies like Big Data, Data Science and later Automation (RPA/SPA) who works with companies like Cisco, Cloudera, Deloitte on the most comprehensive projects. Founder of GeekSpeaks.Club – an IT school where he gathered best IT professionals to teach IT professionals and and Kyiv Big Data Community – biggest Big Data community in Eastern Europe. Valentyn also is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences where exceptional mixture of technical, business and managerial skills makes him a perfect speaker on a variety of topics.

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