Kharkiv IT Cluster in 2018: 50 IT companies, 42 projects and loyalty program

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The annual meeting of members of the regional IT Cluster was held in Kharkiv on December 17. In 2018, a public organization of Kharkiv IT specialists implemented 42 successful projects, launched a loyalty program for IT specialists of the Cluster`s companies, and the total number of Kharkiv IT Cluster participants reached 50 IT companies of the region.

The annual general meeting of the members of Kharkiv IT Сluster was held in Kharkiv on December 17. Kharkiv IT Cluster summed up the outgoing year and outlined the main directions of its activities for the year 2019. In 2018, Kharkiv IT Cluster developed and launched over 40 successful projects in different areas, focusing on educational initiatives and development of the city infrastructure.

The unique Master degree program `Digital media` launched at the Faculty of Sociology at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University was one of the milestones. Training takes place by the principle of the dual education, when students receive the theoretical part of acknowledgements in the university, and gain practical skills at the workplace. The dual education system was founded in Germany in 1969 and today it is successfully used in many countries. For Ukraine, the educational program of the Kharkov IT Cluster was one of the first experiences.

Another milestone for the Kharkiv IT Cluster was its joining the Kharkiv Smart City initiative, a large-scale program for turning Kharkiv into the first `smart city` in Ukraine. The IT Cluster`s team has already selected 10 out of the 36 projects to work on in 2019-2020 with the Kharkiv Reform Office, together with the Vodafone company. Some of them have been introduced in more than 100 cities around the world. As part of the program, Mobile ID or `mobile passport` technology has already been launched in Kharkiv representing an electronic way to identify a person using a mobile phone. It is one of three personal identification ways officially recognized in Ukraine. Kharkiv is the first city in Ukraine introducing this technology.

Kharkiv IT Cluster continues growing. The number of its participants is constantly increasing and has reached the number of 50 IT-companies. 15 companies joined the community during the year. The IT Cluster developed and launched the IT Loyalty platform for employees of participating companies it is an application that provides special discounts and bonuses in stores, food outlets and events. The application has been accessible for several months, and about 500 Kharkiv IT specialists use it on a regular basis.