IT Arena 2017: Takeaway from the Biggest Ukrainian IT Event
September 29 to October 1 Arena Lviv stadium was totally overcrowded. IT professionals from all over Ukraine and from aboard and youngsters eager to become ones joined the event. Sigma Software took part in the conference for the third time in a row. What we’ve noticed is that IT Arena gains momentum and attracts more and more visitors and speakers. In 2015 and 2016 combined, 3 thousand people visited the event. This year along IT Arena gathered a two-thousand audience under one roof.
Though Lviv met us with cold and wind, days at the conference were hot: three flows of speeches in topics Technology, Business, and Product, Startup Competition, Exhibition of the best 100 products made or designed in Ukraine, and a series of meetups in best Lviv restaurants.
First two days were devoted mainly to speeches from international and Ukrainian speakers. 70 announced participants contributed greatly to the common knowledge sharing, while some of them delivered the most striking reports. The Business flow offered quite valuable topics for consideration. I’ve heard the opinion that the level of communication in this flow was highest ever in Ukraine.
The main message many international speakers tried to convey was that Ukraine needs to build its image as a tech hub, promote its IT industry as the one based on extended expertise and qualified engineers.
“Ukraine has been shortlisted for this year as Number One of emerging destinations for IT services”
Kerry Harald, President and CEO of Global Sourcing Association
One of the ways to achieve the greatest country and company visibility – visit international IT conferences. The approach was promoted by Alexandra Govorukha at the meetup on the third day. She and guest speakers gave hands-on recommendations on what to do and say at such events to get maximum benefit for Ukraine and for your own company.
On the third day, event organizers tried a new format: all 20 meetups were held in the city center, in the most popular Lviv restaurants, such as Gas Lamp, Leopolis, Kryivka, and others. Speakers at the meetups mostly represented largest Ukrainian companies, Ukrainian product houses, and small local IT firms. Just like speeches, meetups were divided into three flows: Technology, Business, and Product. The most trending topics were blockchain, IoT, and FinTech.
Meetups attendance was open for free for students and teachers of LITS, so it got a little bit crowded at the end.
I visit many IT events and it becomes clear that IT industry gets increasingly open and transparent. It’s great to notice so many conferences and events are being organized, with top industry experts readily making speeches and sharing their experience. Even though IT labor market is overheated and some competition is inevitable, companies cooperate and try to move forward together.