ITU Davos 2020

Ukrainian IT leaders discuss challenges of tech future in Davos

Ukrainian IT industry makes its contribution to sustainable development, and the topic to discuss is “Will Technologies Save the World?”.  Significant inventions in AI, robotics, virtual reality, big data, biotech, 3D printing, FinTech, space exploration, genetic engineering are dramatically changing our every-day lives. But where these changes lead to?

Technology could further create unexpected effects on the labor market, particularly considering the automation of some functions, which is likely to lead to the disappearance of jobs and to the restructuring of the labor market. At the same time, there are so many areas where technology are improving the world around us: mechanized agriculture, improved communication, medicine, education, etc. 


 On the 21st of January, 2020, during a panel discussion in Ukraine House Davos leading tech companies CEOs, CTOs and government officials will answer the question: “Will technologies save the World?”.

  • Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation in Ukraine
  • Kira Rudik, First Deputy Head of Digital Transformation Committee, Former CEO of Ring Ukraine, acquired by Amazon, Member of Parliament of the IX Convocation
  • Vitaly Sedler, CEO and Co-Founder of Intellias
  • Alex Chubay, CTO at SoftServe 
  • Oleksiy Skrypnyk, Co-Founder of ELEKS

The moderator is Ms. Noa Gafni Slaney, Executive Director at Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation.

The discussed trends and forecasts are extremely relevant for Ukraine: IT services are the second largest in the Ukrainian export services overall, and the industry is growing by + 26% annually. At present, there are 4000 tech companies and more than 185 thousand IT specialists in our country.

Аll these make Ukraine one of the most attractive places for software developers. For many years, Ukraine has been recognized as “IT destination” of Eastern Europe and now it becomes an emerging spot for AI, Data Science and digital transformation.

Great thanks to the panel discussion sponsors, members and partners of IT Ukraine Association: 

ELEKS is working on innovative solutions at day to day basis. Internet of Things and Big Data can influence the way we produce and consume resources,

− said Oleksiy Skrypnyk, Co-Founder of ELEKS.

Technologies are dramatically changing the world and our everyday life. Healthcare, agriculture, finance, auto manufacturing and many other industries are making significant breakthroughs and providing new opportunities for sustainable growth. Learn more about the role of Ukrainian talents in these outstanding transformations at Ukraine House Davos,

− commented Yury Antoniuk, Vice-President, Head of EPAM CEE.

Today, we must discredit common thoughts that the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies can only drive our world to consumerism, political insecurity, and existential threats. We need to constantly highlight how innovations are used to make our planet a better place instead. Intellias mission is to support the Fourth Industrial Revolution and be a part of a new kind of social economy. The economy with human touch and determination to enhance the world and our lives. By embracing electric vehicles, robotics, renewable energy sources, smart cities, and sustainable agriculture, we're helping technology save the world,

− said Vitaly Sedler, CEO and Co-Founder of Intellias.

Technology opens new doors to business efficiency, product innovation, and revenue streams. Yet with all the promise of new technologies and their applications, without a strategic view and proper management, technology is just a tool. Focusing on providing value and creating sustainable solutions, SoftServe helps our customers to empower businesses, accelerate market position, and vigorously compete in today’s digital, global economy,

− commented Taras Kytsmey, Co-Founder and Board Member of SoftServee.

For many years, World Economic Forum in Davos has been a global platform allowing governments and enterprises to showcase the most prominent developments of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. According to research, the technology industry has one of the highest export potentials within Ukrainian business environment. This is the main reason for the Kharkiv IT Cluster to support the initiative of IT Ukraine Association in joining the Forum as a part of Ukraine House Davos. Kharkiv IT Cluster member companies Beetroot and Radmirtech will participate in activities within the Technology Initiative of Ukraine House Davos,

− said Oleksandr Medovoi, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kharkiv IT Cluster.

We invite you to visit the panel discussion “Will Technologies Save the World?” on January 21st at Ukraine House Davos or join the online viewing (link will be posted on Facebook page). The future is discussed here. 

IT Ukraine Association − is the largest pool of service and product IT companies in Ukraine, collectively accounting for 50% of all IT industry`s export earnings in Ukraine and bringing together 27% of Ukrainian IT professionals. The Association has been operating in the market for over 15 years. Our mission is to provide favorable conditions for the development of IT in the country and abroad.