UKRAINIAN STUDENTS BUILD THEIR FIRST SUCCESS STORIES AT IT-EUREKA
On May 20th, students from leading Ukrainian universities gathered at the finals of the innovation projects contest IT-Eureka in Lviv, where 10 out of 207 teams competed for the title of the most innovative student project 2016. For the second year Sigma is a general partner of the event. From the next year the company will become the contest main driver and organizer in Ukraine.
The IT-Eureka! Ukraine contest aims to develop entrepreneurship and innovation among IT students. The competition is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, leading tech universities and businesses, and is a part of the TEMPUS project.
“Together with TEMPUS partners we conducted a whole multitude of educational projects, courses, and seminars aimed to streamline the Ukrainian higher education system and create a favorable ecosystem for students to innovate and create their first startup projects. Ukrainian students spent several weeks in Sweden and Portugal to get knowledge and inspiration for their innovative ideas; before that they worked on a joint project with Linnaeus University students, where they developed a system for a leading Swedish company,” says Niklas Malmros, President at Sigma Technology Solutions.
IT-Eureka competition proves that the TEMPUS program has created a positive impact. Over 600 innovative projects were submitted to the innovations contest jury in 2015 and 2016 in total, more than 1500 students participated in the competition events. Competition included several nominations.
The winners of this year are Cut and Dry project by the students of Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University (1st place), CCLIPSE project from Vinnytsia National Technical University (2nd place), and Taryfikator project from Lviv Polytechnic National University.
The champion team members presented their idea of a tablet computer for people with special needs. This device is assumed to display images as relief objects. It would also be able to recognize voice, perform voice search, store a large number of images, and convert pictures from the Internet.
CCLIPSE is an idea of a software and hardware complex designed for people with cardiovascular diseases and patients bedridden due to spinal injuries, stroke, heart attacks, and more. With the help of microchips, a patient’s cardiovascular system is supposed to be continuously monitored. The complex would be able to count the number of heart beats, the level of the oxygen in blood, body temperature, etc.
The 3rd winner is the Tarifikator team. The students have developed a mobile app that helps users choose the most convenient mobile subscription package. The system analyses user`s calls (incoming and outgoing), determines Internet traffic volumes, compares the subscription packages from different mobile operators, and gives recommendations on the most cost-effective package for the user.
By tradition, Sigma provided the winners with an opportunity to attend the biggest Ukrainian innovation conference IT-Arena 2016 and present their daring ideas at the Startup Alley.
“Such events illustrate the great potential of Ukraine as a country of talented and innovative people. The jury and companies-partners were sincerely surprised with the level of projects participating in the contest. The students showed themselves as creative and single-minded thinkers,” says Valery Krasovsky, CEO at Sigma Software. “Our company puts a great focus on development of IT education in Ukraine. Together with educational institutions we have developed training programs, courses and internships to support IT students. From now on we will also be the driver of the biggest innovation contest in the country that hopefully will help many of the students build their first business cases. For us as a company it is one more opportunity to improve the educational system and, of course, find new talents.”
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