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Until IT Arena 2019

History

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019

IT Arena in 6 years

10300
attendees
500
outstanding
speakers
650
startups
100
meetups
400
hours of exciting
networking
30
countries
19
afterparties

IT Arena 2018

IT Arena is growing! 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of the conference - a benchmark not all tech events make through. On September 28-30, 2018 IT Arena brought together a record number of attendees - over 3300. The conference program was divided into 4 tracks: business, technology, product, and startup to cover the key aspects of the IT industry. 100 top experts from global companies, including Facebook, Tesla, Google, eBay, Samsung, etc. shared their experience from IT Arena stage.
For the second year in a row, the event was hosted by Arina - IT Arena’s mascot, the female prototype of artificial intelligence. The geography of visitors was rather impressive: USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Qatar, Portugal, Norway, Canada, etc. To give the attendees a chance to enjoy Lviv’s old town, the third day of IT Arena moved to the city center.
3300+
Attendees
100
Speakers
40
Meetups
130+
Media representatives
150
Startups
$ 70000
Startup Competition prize fund

Speakers

Among top IT Arena 2018 speakers were: Sachin Rekhi, Founder & CEO at Notejoy, ex-Head of Product at Linkedin, ex-Product Manager at Microsoft, Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Martin Villig, Co-Founder at Taxify, and many other. Semyon Dukach, Managing Partner at One Way Ventures, former Managing Director at Techstars was the keynote speaker of the conference. Semyon started his talk with a personal story of an ambitious MIT student who won more than $4 million in Las Vegas casinos with his university team. Later he became a successful entrepreneur, investor and founded his own Troublemaker Award for the most interesting and inspiring startups, ideas and or even pranks. According to Semyon, he invests rather not in a company, but in people driven by an exciting idea.

Speakers included representatives

Startup Competition

150 projects had participated in the selection phase of the Startup Competition. 50 teams made it to semi-finals and had a chance to pitch their ideas on Startup Stage as well as display demo-versions of their products at Startup Alley. Two days of pitches on the Startup Stage and demonstrations on the Startup Alley ended with 11 finalists, which received impressive prizes. The main prize of $ 10,000 granted by IT Arena went to a team called Liki24, a platform that brings medical products, doctors, clinics, pharmacies, insurance companies, and clients together. The prize fund of the Startup Competition 2018 totaled $ 70,000.

Afterparties

It’s no news that IT Arena takes networking and entertainment seriously. The first-day afterparty was held at Pravda Beer Theatre, recently listed as one of the best breweries in Europe by The Guardian. Executive ticket holders could relax and meet fellow attendees in a more chill atmosphere during Tech Lounge.

The second day of IT Arena ended with Futureland Festival, a real celebration for all electronic music lovers. The festival was headlined by Juicy M, one of the best female DJs and a Ukrainian by origin. Amazing light show and loud beats have left the audience stunned. The last evening of IT Arena 2018 with Silicon Drinkabout, which allowed attendees to network with speakers and share their impressions about the event.

IT Arena 2017

The 4th edition of IT Arena gathered the biggest number of attendees yet – 2300+. In 2017, the conference has traditionally focused on 3 thematic tracks (product, technology, and business), and united speakers from the world’s leading companies, top management of Ukrainian and foreign IT companies, local and international media representatives, investors, startups, and tech experts.
The stellar speaker lineup and the incredible computerized host Arina, have brought the conference to a new level. The marathon of insightful talks lasted for 2 days, offering on the third day a more practical take – a series of meetups with hands-on information which took place in 9 locations around the city center.
2300+
Attendees
97
Speakers
28
Meetups
130+
Media representatives
11
Startup finalists
3
Afterparties
40+
Hours of networking

Speakers

Representatives of Cambridge Analytica, Bluetooth SIG, Amazon Web Services, Telenor, Petcube, etc. were among IT Arena 2017 speakers. Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica was the most anticipated speaker and attracted participants from all over Ukraine and other countries to visit the conference. In his keynote speech, Alexander introduced Big Data's approach to electoral and commercial campaigns referring to the previous projects his firm has worked on.

Speakers included representatives

Startup Competition

Out of more than a 100 applications, 30 startups were selected for the competition before the event and pitched their ideas to win the attention of jury members and worthy prizes. 3 winners in different nominations were selected by the jury that included representatives of global partners and European tech media. Read more about Startup Competition winners here.

Futureland Festival 2017

Knowledge comes first, but IT Arena organizers never underestimate the importance of networking and entertainment - the event is famous for its afterparties, and 2017 was not an exception. Futureland Festival, an open-air party took place right on the stadium field, gathering a few thousand of electronic music fans. In spite a (very) cold autumn night, the place got heated up by the famous French duo Cassius.

IT Arena 2016

Launched in 2014 as a local event, IT Arena has quickly grown as one of the biggest tech conferences in Eastern Europe. In 2016 nearly 1800 participants, including developers, entrepreneurs, business analysts, designers and startuppers from 12 countries and almost every region of Ukraine have united to discuss the latest tech tendencies. Representatives of some of the world leading companies were included in the conference lineup: IBM, Philips, AlmazCapital, Twitter, Spotify, Uber, Microsoft etc.
IT Arena 2016 explored topics ranging from breakthrough technologies to challenges IT business in Ukraine is facing at the moment. The conference was divided into four streams: Technology Hands On and Technology Innovation, Product, Business. Every day participants could choose lectures from a list with more than 20 positions. In addition, participants had a chance to take part in workshops – there were 6 of them during the conference.
2000+
Participants
80+
Speakers
60%
Foreigners
10
Workshops
1
Tech Expo
3
Afterparties

Speakers

Esther Dyson - the most influential woman in IT according to The New York Times, Anton and Irene - a multicultural duet of New-York based designers, Stephen Russo from IBM and Aleksandro Grabulov from Philips have become the real rockstars of the conference.

80 speakers from 14 countries:

  • Belarus
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • USA

Startup Competition

Startup Competition became one of the highlights of the conference. In total 80 startups took part in it, but only 10 made their way to finals. Viosk (Ukraine) won the best B2B startup, and Likely (Slovakia) was nominated as the best B2C startup. The winner of Startup Competition – Blynk won The Best Pitch nomination.

Futureland Festival 2016

Everyday after parties have been productive sites for networking. The last day of the conference finished with the mega-show – Futureland Festival, attended by more than 2600 visitors. The world famous drum&bass DJ Netsky performed at Arena Lviv Stadium accompanied with a great light show and DJ Omnia – the only Ukrainian DJ who got into the list of world’s Top 100 DJs.

IT Arena 2015

The second IT Arena, held on October 2-4 2015, brought together about 1400 participants including hundreds of IT professionals, top managers, designers, investors, entrepreneurs and startuppers. The number of the attendees exceeded the expectations of organizers – the conference almost doubled in size compared to 2014.

In 2015, the conference consisted of 3 simultaneous streams: Product, Technology and Business. Attendees could visit discussions conducted in English, Ukrainian or Russian and listen to speakers coming from 10 countries (USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine). The selection of speakers was decent and included representatives from IBM Design, Amazon, FitBit, Epson, Facebook, SAP, HP, Petcube and Microsoft.

Speakers included representatives

Conference geography:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

Tech Expo

Hi-tech Expo – an exhibition of robots and latest IT developments also took place within the conference. Participants had a chance to pilot drones, experience VR and interact with the legendary NAO robot.

Startup Competition

Traditionally, Startup Competition was held on the last day of the conference. 13 young startups and entrepreneurs competed for 5,000$ in Amazon Cloud Services and a chance to attend the Traction Camp.

Closing IT Arena 2015

Even though the conference agenda was packed with talks, the organizers have left some space for entertainment too. The final day of the conference ended with a performance of a well-known Ukrainian band – TNMK.

IT Arena 2014

The first IT Arena took place on October 2-4 2014. Being a meeting ground for 800 participants, including IT professionals from all directions (software engineers, designers, QAs), CEOs, young entrepreneurs and startups the conference became the biggest tech event in Western Europe.

Speakers included representatives

IT Arena 2014 had 11 sections

Startup

Management as fun

Data Science

QA

Google Development


Mobile

User Experience

IT Outsourcing

Value Management and Business Analysis

Information Security

Game Development