Razom IT came to Dnipro, Ukraine on Thursday July 21, 2016 for the first Razom IT event outside of New York City. It was a discussion with Andrey Akselrod (a Dnipro-native) co-founder and CTO of Smartling, a NYC-based startup, about his American experience, US/UA differences in IT and startups, what Andrey has learned since the start, and how Ukrainian entrepreneurs can be competitive on the international stage.
“There is no place like Soyuzivka” is the slogan of this Ukrainian Heritage Resort perched high in the Catskills. And there is a reason that this slogan rings true. On July 8 – 10 Soyuzivka hosted its 10th annual Heritage Festival which was a compilation of Ukrainian artists and artisans from across the United States, Canada and Ukraine. And as usual the venue didn’t disappoint, as participants frolicked and dance well into the night.
Editor’s Note: On a sweltering hot Thursday in the US capital, Razom volunteers met for a Get Together to update each other on ongoing initiatives and to agree on how to keep working to support a prosperous Ukraine.
Kate Tremont participated and shared her impressions here about the event on July 14, 2016.
In the evening, after the Annual Meeting presentations and workshops, Razom Culture hosted a program that gave everyone chance to experience contemporary music, art and fashion. Throughout the evening, the artistry in the room reflected the eclectic mix of the individuals at the event with art installations throughout the hall, cartoon projections on the wall, a fashion presentation and musical sets spanning many different styles.
Razom held its second annual meeting on Saturday, July 25th in New York City. More than 140 guests attended #Razom2years who learned about the organization’s progress and six initiatives, including: Razom IT, Razom Culture, Razom Think with UkrOko.org, Reformers without Borders, Razom Aid with Toy Drive, and Razom Partners. “I was so impressed to see so many new faces in the room,” said Razom Board Member, Dora Chomiak. “Clearly this shows that, even though the headlines may be off the front pages, the drive that brought Razom volunteers together in 2014 is still relevant today.”
On June 22nd, Razom IT held a panel discussion with two Ukrainian startup co-founders—Oleskandra Rohachova of Ink Hunter and Ostap Kovalisko of BookBuses—who made their way to New York via the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA). Founder and Managing Director of the ERA, Murat Aktihanoglu, also joined the panel to share insights on joining an accelerator program in NYC. continue reading →
Capitan, artificial intelligence for grocery shopping. Meadow, smart event planning. Cardiolyse.me, an individual health management platform. Blynk, an Internet of Things app builder. MMOne Project, a VR gaming chair that turns on three axes. Luciding, lucid dreaming guaranteed. All are companies creating new possibilities. All of them come from Ukraine.
Why This Program: #big #smart #now
Razom IT is an economic development initiative launched by Razom six months ago. We host monthly talks in New York City that bring together people who are interested in the development of tech and Ukraine. continue reading →
What’s becoming an annual tradition at Saint George’s Ukrainian Festival, Razom Lounge once again offered a program that was creative, informative, intellectual and of course, lots of fun.
Razom IT has designed a new project: Razom IT Trip to bring startups from Ukraine to NYC to connect with the city’s startup ecosystem. This week 5 start-ups from Ukraine and 1 start-up with Ukrainian roots will meet, take tours, and hear presentations across NYC for six days. Their trip will culminate with each founder pitching at ‘Are You Serious?’ (AYS), a long-running pitch event by The Hatchery. Meet the start-ups below! continue reading →
In May we got to sit down with the new CEO of Hromadske TV and have a conversation about the question ‘What is worth doing to support Ukraine?’ Razom came together to support Maidan. Now we work with volunteers around the world on projects that amplify the voices of people from Ukraine and that increase civic engagement. We do not have a specific project with Hromadske TV, but we were glad to have the chance to talk with someone who is leading an institution that also sprung from the street protests in 2013.