Falling Walls Lab Kyiv and Falling Walls Venture Kyiv: 2016 Winners Announced!

Falling Walls Lab Kyiv and Falling Walls Venture Kyiv: 2016 Winners Announced!

Online PR News – 05-October-2016 – Kyiv – The second global scientific conference Falling Walls Lab Kyiv 2016 and a large-scale forum of innovative entrepreneurship Falling Walls Venture Kyiv 2016 were held in Ukraine. The projects were organized by the Klitschko Foundation which is known for its support of innovative ideas for the development of Ukraine as a progressive partner of a modern world. This year the events were conducted in tandem with Taras Shevchenko National Univercity of Kyiv at Parkovvy exhibition center and supported by «EPAM», «SoftServe», «Globallogic», «Bayer» and «Microsoft Ukraine». The juries evaluated presentations on three criteria: innovativeness, social impact and presentation. Third place in the Falling Walls Lab Kyiv 2016 was taken by Yevgeny Shapovalov, who introduced a technology that provides methane fermentation. In second place was Alexey Golenko, whose eNature solution collects and analyzes environmental data and sends it in an easily understandable form to smartphones and can help home buyers choose an ecological place to live. First place and a ticket to Berlin was won by Maryna Korshevnyuk from Kyiv, with her Edible Vaccine project. Marina outlined a genetic engineering method to modify cells in edible plants to contain immunogenic substances.rnrnThe revolutionary spirit and outstanding ideas of the young Ukrainian scientists impressed the audience and jury at Falling Walls Venture Kyiv 2016. Here, third place was won by Pavlo Shymanovych, who presented isodynamic technology that allows reproduction of high resolution audio and can be used in various industries in the future. The jury gave second place to Mykhailo Lytovchenko for a revolutionary idea in the energy sector. He presented a prototype of a device that converts the energy from wind and waves into electricity, desalinates sea water and acts as a breakwater. First place and the right to present his project in Germany were won by Oleksandr Savsunenko. Oleksandr presented and defended a concept in the field of genetics and bioinformatics. He developed a unique algorithmic approach based on neural networks and fuzzy logic that pools hundreds of research articles, evaluates them and transforms them into a user-friendly interface and actionable results. This mechanism allows the user (such as a doctor, nutritionist, trainer) more accurately prescribe measures such as vitamins, exercise or medication, to achieve an increase in life expectancy.rnrnFalling Walls Lab Kyiv 2016 and Falling Walls Venture Kyiv 2016 are springboards for young inventors and entrepreneurs who want to build businesses on the basis of innovational ideas. The next step for the winners will be a presentation of their projects at Falling Walls in Berlin, on November 8-9, in front of world renowned scientists, businessmen and Nobel laureates. rnrnYaroslav German, director of EPAM software engineering: “We are strong in engineering as a nation. Engineering is in our blood and we need support of the business to realize innovative technologies and spread this culture. EPAM and Ukrainian IT industry work every day with innovation and we, more than anyone else, know their price and the extraordinary benefits that they bring”. rnIvanna Bondarchuk, head of development and innovations at Bayer CropScience division in Ukraine: “Bayer witnessed the presentation of extremely innovative projects. We are particularly pleased that more and more projects appear in the natural sciences and in information technology. As a responsible business, we are ready to support talented young people and to mentor them and bring their ideas into reality”. rnrn“Ukraine is rapidly becoming one of the world centers of innovation. The cost of Ukrainian IT start-ups in total is estimated at $1 billion, while annual market growth is 25-40%”, - says Victor Tsykunov, Developers and Platform Evangelism Lead at Microsoft Ukraine. “We are proud that 3 of our projects from IoT Laboratory were presented at this year’s Falling Walls Labs conference. Ecobox – the smart system for exotic plants, Open World – a project designed to make life easier for visually impaired people using special beacons and Devicevoices – a smart system for monitoring vending machines. Also we are very pleased that we’ve found our new resident at this year’s conference. Maxym Parchomenko is currently working on creating a fashionable everyday bag with a digital lock that remotely protects the personal property of the owner”. rnrn“Today the Klitschko Foundation and its partners have found new leaders of Ukrainian society. We believe that in a few years they will be known throughout the world for their ideas and perseverance. The winners’ projects, in promoting healthful lifestyles and affordable vaccines, offer hope for change in such an important area as our health”, - says Alina Nosenko, Director of Klitschko Foundation, commenting on the results of Falling Walls Lab Kyiv and Falling Walls Venture Kyiv 2016. rnrnVitali Klitschko, founder of Klitschko Foundation: “Our country has a huge scientific potential, which has to be actively promoted and implemented. Cooperation between science and business can provide tremendous practical results that can be applied in all spheres of life. These projects are excellent platforms for young Ukrainian scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, who want to bring their own research to a new level. I hope this year's winners of Falling Walls Lab and Falling Walls Venture proudly represent Ukraine at the Berlin conference on November 8-9. And, perhaps, someone from the participants of our projects will become a Nobel laureate”. rnrnInformation: Falling Walls Lab is a global science and innovation conference that takes place in Berlin. It is named in memory of the fall of the Berlin Wall and aimed at solving global world problems through innovation. It is conducted in a talent show format and the project’s slogan is: “Which are the next walls to fall?”.rnrnFalling Walls Venture is a collection of science-based startups, investors and opinion leaders. About 20 leading academic institutions and venture capitalists present their outstanding research projects to a distinguished audience and jury. The first meeting was held on November 8, 2015, on the eve of the Falling Walls Conference 2015 in Berlin. rnrnAdditional information for media: e-mail | maksym.rozenko@klitschko-brothers.com | Maxym Rozenko | +38 050 342 92 23 | +38 067 445 00 82

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