On January 21 2021 an online meeting of the IT community of Donetsk and Luhansk regions took place. Startups, companies, IT schools and universities that provide education in the field of information technologies summed up the annual results. The meeting was organized by the Startup Development Center 1991 Mariupol.

Heads of IT clusters of Donetsk and Luhansk regions spoke at the meeting. For example, one of the major projects of the IT cluster in Kramatorsk is the creation of certification and resource centers for schoolchildren and students. The  cluster motto is  "You can be successful at home."

"Certification centers will help obtain certificates from well-known global companies, such as Google, Amazon. This helps improve the professional rating and makes it possible to work for a company anywhere in the world while living in Kramatorsk. A resource center is being developed for school children, providing help in learning robotics in addition to computer science lessons," says the director of the Donbass IT cluster.

The Luhansk Region IT cluster is a new project created before New Year.

"Personally and on behalf of the Luhansk region, I would like to say thank you to the USAID project which offered an opportunity to join our efforts. We realized that we need to look for partners in order to expand our business, and as a result, we got united into a single IT-cluster "Drive IT" and signed a memorandum of cooperation with USAID," says Serhiy Chepel, the head of the Luhansk region IT-cluster.

According to him, one of the problems after the start of hostilities in Donbas is the outflow of specialists. The Luhansk IT cluster decided to join efforts and work on projects that will help stop the outflow of specialists.

The Mariupol IT cluster is the oldest among Donetsk region IT clusters. It was created in 2019 and at that time united five companies.

Its head, Andrii Gadashevich, said that in 2020 the number of companies in the cluster increased to 11, and three projects aimed at the development of companies and their employees were jointly implemented. 17 companies from Mariupol and Kramatorsk participated in the projects, 40 employees being involved.

AI Studio, a company that develops websites and promotes goods and services, HelpFi, a start-up aimed to simplify the search for services, and MBC Bundles, an e-commerce startup that helps create online store packages also spoke at the meeting.

The material was provided by the "Eastern Option" media.