Ukraine’s major success at 4YFN and MWC

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Written by: Sergiy Vakarin, UkraineIS Chairman

Photos: Vitaly Mamchyn

UkraineIS conducted Ukraine@4YFN-MWC event at the Mobile World Congress – Four Years From Now venue. 4YFN team also asked me to judge startup pitches from all over the world.

Many Ukrainian companies participate in the MWC. Ukrainian presence was noticeable despite overwhelming presence of Chinese and Korean business. This year Epom Apps, Unifun and Visicom had large stands in different halls of the huge event. Prominent Ukrainian startups took part in the exhibitions and pitches at 4YFN.

And at the Ukraine@4YFN-MWC meetup, we discussed Ukrainian hi-tech, including startups and the ecosystem which contributes to their growth. Startup incubators are an important element – for example, at the UAtronica-Industry 4.0 conference UkraineIS announced the launch of its own incubator that helped several teams develop their businesses. Another element is hackathons, and it is especially beneficial to the participating teams when the hackathons are linked to other events. This was the strategy we used to conduct CosmoHack, the anti-hackathon held in parallel with the Space and Future Forum. We remembered Leonid Kadenyuk, the first astronaut of independent Ukraine and President of the Forum who was the greatest promoter of Ukraine’s space industry and education.

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I presented to the meetup participants our award-winning cybersecurity, AI and VR startups of the UkraineIS, Winton and 2Bytes teams. This was in line with the general trend of the major mobile players at MWC 2018 to focus on telecom security, including improved forms of biometric authentication. For example, Samsung released Galaxy S9/S9+ with a much upgraded Iris Scanner.

Ukrainian startup Yaskravo, among several other top startups was selected for the “Pitch the Press” event where Anton Velichko presented Yaskravo  SIMO’s amazing augmented reality browser.

Senstone’s Markiyan Matsekh presented their intelligent wearable voice recorder. The interview with him was included in the video about the best startups at 4YFN/MWC.

The Congress showed that Ukrainian hi-tech wearables become a trend – during my conversations with NASA’s staff I learned that NASA is interested in Ukrainian blood pressure measuring device Planexta Care from Planexta company.

In conclusion of the event, participants visited stands of Ukrainian companies at the MWC and 4YFN. Also, we attended numerous autonomous car stands, including Smart and Formula 1 (Fernando Alonso was among the MWC speakers), and the Hewlett Packard’s stand in a shape of an ISS section.

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In fact, the ISS – like the cars – is a moving computer.  The exhibit reminded me of our recent interview with ISS when astronaut Randy Bresnik featured the Ukrainian flag in space. When entering the HP stand, I felt like being inside the space station. Some elements of the actual International Space Station were used to construct the exhibit.

But even more important is its link with the SpaceX project. We reported that Ukraine’s Antonov helped with delivery of extra-large components of Falcon Heavy. We discussed with the exhibitors the role Ukraine played in SpaceX project, and the HP’s Spaceborne Computer showcase is another aspect of Elon Musk’s Mars mission. The supercomputers on board the ISS are gathering data to check sustainability of computation during the future Mars flight. Due to the bandwidth issues, it is difficult to send and receive data between Earth and space. The key issue is autonomous work of these huge Xeon servers. GU

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