Come to Barcelona to see the hi-tech future now – and Ukraine’s role in it
This year Ukraine marks its fifth year at the Mobile World Congress startup event 4YFN. Sergiy Vakarin, Chairman of UkraineIS and President of Winton Ukraine is proud to announce that several Ukrainian companies will take part in 4YFN and MWC in 2018. Mobile World Congress is the largest telecom event in the world that is attended by more than 100,000 visitors annually.Since the launch of the 4YFN, or Four Years From Now, in 2014, Ukraine has played the key role in this startup event. A week before the launch of the first 4YFN, the biggest acquisition in tech history was announced: Facebook bought WhatsApp for US$19B and CEO & Cofounder of Whats App Jan Koum became a global celebrity billionaire overnight. Jan Koum, a Ukrainian-American inventor and computer programmer, moved from Ukraine to the USA at the age of 16. His keynote at 4YFN immediately became one of the top news of 2014.
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4YFN launch marked the key role assigned by MWC to innovation and entrepreneurship. In the recent years 4YFN has become the fastest growing startup event in the world! It still runs during the MWC but at a separate Fira Montjuic location. About 20,000 visitors, including top investors and executives of global companies, will come to see 600 startups from Ukraine and elsewhere and discuss the future of hi-tech.Ukraine@4YFN exhibitors of this year work in the breakthrough areas of hi-tech, including, VR/AR, AI and visualization. One of them, Senstone https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor/senstone/ helps high performing professionals to save time, money and be more efficient by dictating their ideas into their personal portable voice assistant. Ukrainian startup Yaskravo https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor/yaskravo-llc/ develops Augmented Reality applications and promos for businesses using the company’s own SIMO AR app. In addition, Ukraine’s Visicom https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor/visicom/ participates in the Congress at the Fira Gran Via location. In the coming days, we will tell about their research and expectations.
You can visit Ukrainian and other exhibitors of 4YFN 2018 at their stands on 26-28 February in Barcelona at Fira Montjuic, next to the famous Magic Fountain and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The terms and conditions are available here https://registration.4yfn.com/#/home.
There is a lot of attention to startups in Barcelona in the period around the 4YFN. On 1 March, the Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco program is coming to Barcelona for one of its FastTrack days. It is a part of its international tour to support regional best talents that also will come in 2018 to the CEE, including Kyiv, Moscow, Tallinn and Warsaw.
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As for the annual Mobile World Congress, it is expected to reveal new trends in the mobile world – from continued discussion of 5G and the Internet of Things to Sustainable Development Goals and how mobile technologies can help. The smartphone industry will traditionally show what’s new but this year only Samsung will make real news at the MWC with its widely announced Galaxy S9. Some 4YFN programs are specially developed to boost social entrepreneurship. 4YFN and the Barcelona-based social innovation accelerator Ship2B recently launched the Social Innovation Challenge to select three startups for a 6-month acceleration programme. One of the winners this year is Mouse4all, a support product that allows people with severe physical disabilities to use an Android tablet or phone without touching the screen.
In addition to pitching, tech trends will also be widely discussed – summits on digital health and legal issues for startups may be of particular interest. And what can we expect in the future from blockchain, IoT and artificial intelligence? We may receive the answers soon at this year’s 4YFN.