S. Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics held “Hackathon-1654″

On 19 – 20 February, 2016 S.Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics held a forum of experts in the field of IT technology “Hackathon-1654″ which was the starting point of the project «Kharkiv StartUp Factory».

The project was organized by the Department for Imrovement of Regional Competitiveness, Kharkiv Regional State Administration, S.Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics, Regional Inter-University Start-up Center “First Capital”, which operates in S.Kuznets KNUE, National Aerospace University, Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, KarazinStartups and Public Union “Kharkiv IT Cluster”. The main purpose of the event was to develop environment for technological business in Kharkiv region.

IT-specialists as well as marketers and managers and lawyers (young people under the age of 35 years) participated in the “Hackathon-1654″. Three teams competed in each section. In total there were 58 participants, who worked for 36 hours to solve the problems. Nine experts were mentors for teams and evaluated the results of their work. 

The event lasted for one and a half day, during which the participants had to perform the task required. Team members have had to develop and submit for consideration of the jury their decision of tasks using IT technologies. Three case studies (sections) were asked to the participants of “Hackathon-1654″. All of them were related to an increase of the competitiveness of the Kharkiv region and ensuring its sustainable development. The first case contained a business ideas in the field of increasing the export potential of the region. The second – concerned the interaction of international donors and attracting financial assistance for internally displaced persons. And the third was about the creation of systems for schoolchildren’s distance learning.

Winners of’ Hackathon-1654 “were awarded with certificates and gifts from the following partners: EPAM, Microsoft Ukraine, Startup.Network, the legal company ILF.