Despite facing a difficult economic situation at home, Ukrainians continue to bring innovative tech-related products and services to market. This is especially true in Kharkiv, where a low cost of living and abundance of skilled IT talent are making it one of the fastest growing tech startups hubs in the region.
Kharkiv is also a prominent center for technology and the sciences, on a par with Kiev, Odessa and Lviv, due mainly to its abundance of major universities where budding entrepreneurs formulate and exchange ideas. Here are 7 tech startups from Ukraine’s second-largest city you need to know about 2016 and beyond.
CL10n.ws is a localization and internationalization management platform for centralizing data involved in translations and simplifying product translation projects.
HotelinPocket is a web development platform and service that specializes in building mobile apps for hotels. Simple apps can be created in minutes with templates and pre-built modules; advanced, branded offerings feature unique customizations and integrations with third-party systems.
eCozy is Ukrainian-German project focused on developing smart thermostats with touchscreen controls, manageable via an accompanying iOS/Android app. The smart thermostats are attached to radiators and control their temperatures, saving users up to 30% in heating costs.
Falling asleep at the wheel is a common problem that plagues nearly all drivers—NOZzER is the world’s first smart watch for preventing this. By automatically increasing the brain’s neuron activity through impact on tactile nervous endings, the solution prevents microsleep from occurring.
RICAS—short for real-time intelligence crime analytics system—allows users to monitor the crime in a city and immediately notify law enforcement officials of any violations of the law. The project won the Hackathon Kharkiv earlier this year.
GitLab is a web-based repository service that also provides cloud storing facilities and hosting. The Ashton Kutcher-invested startup counts NASA, Alibaba, CERN and O’Reilly Media as its customers, among others.
Galactic Exchange is a big data platform developer focused on making big data easier to deploy and use. Its ClusterGX solution is an enterprise-class, container virtualized Hadoop cluster compute platform that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud in minutes..
Many Ukrainian tech startups have already won international recognition, both in competitions and from investors abroad. Be sure to keep these 7 ventures from Kharkiv on your radar as they make their way onto the global stage.