These days, outsourcing and offshore programming is prevalent throughout many of the world’s most active tech regions. Siberian IT companies in particular output vast amounts of tech and engineering resources for global enterprises like Baker Hughes, Parallels, HP, and Intel, among others.
One of the most famous tech clusters—even well-known in Silicon Valley—is Silicon Taiga, located in Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia. Aside from numerous IT companies and tech institutes, technoparks such as “Akadempark” have been instituted for industrial technology research and development. Many of these conditions were instituted by the government to keep brilliant IT talent local to Siberia.
Siberia, however, is home to both tech startups and global enterprises subsidiaries—especially when it comes to its largest city, Novosibirsk. The following are 9 Siberian tech startups to watch for in 2016.
Winkam has developed a motion recognition SDK for mobile and wearables developers, primarily for gaming, sports, and photographic use cases. The technology exposes sensor data from the mobile device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and others for integrating into custom apps.
Appercode’s mCMS can create a blanket solution—up to 100% of common code—for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 devices. Resulting applications approach native app quality while cutting development cost and time by 3-5 times.
This solution is a wireless 3D painting pen that does away with hot parts, melting plastics, and unpleasant odors—using photopolymers that are solidified with built-in LEDs instead.
AdventuresBooking.com caters to extreme and active travelers looking to plan and book an adventure with locals. The service is geared for individual travelers, travel companies, or local tour guides.
Siberian startup GNOM offers a mobile app for managing clients and projects. The solution can even automatically send clients automatic SMS updates reminding them of meetings.
2GIS is a mapping app for displaying company/business locations and other information—addresses, phone numbers, business hours, and more. The solution is more detailed than Google Maps or Yandex Maps and includes driveways and fences, public transport routes, stops with corresponding transport routes, and more. The app is available both online and offline for your desktop and smartphone.
This unassuming website monitors hotel vacancies across Russia to build auction-style bids for special deals, combining new social features with traditional elements of eBay-style online auctions.
Optiplane is a startup that develops unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for alpine monitoring, remote scanning, and payload delivery to remote or hard-to-reach areas. Its Colibri-M convertiplane is capable of flying up to 100 km.
This solution is essentially a mobile browser for Android/iOS-based devices that integrates the internet services of Sibnet.ru—Siberia’s leading information and news portal—into its offering.
As you can see, despite its frigid climate, Siberia is a hotbed of activity when it comes to IT and technological innovation. Be sure to watch out for these Siberian startups as they continue to develop groundbreaking products and services for both local and global markets.