NGO IT CONNECTION is an association of IT specialists with representatives of other sectors of the economy who jointly is forming a large-scale ecosystem for their own capitalization and social development through the production of innovative products and services. The ecosystem is forming through the systematic conducting of joint events with representatives of various sectors of the economy, constant training and professional development, the formation of a platform for comprehensive support for the implementation of ideas (start-ups) with the help of partners of the organization.
The activity of the public organization “IT Connection” started in May 2017, when the founder of the Kherson IT-recruiting company “KAgency” Kateryna Sheldagaieva started organizing the first large-scale IT conference in Kherson.
The idea of the event was born of the need to find and bring together qualified IT-specialists, representatives of the IT-business, also to attract and educate new cadre. As the founder of the IT recruiting company, Kateryna often faced the problem of lack of qualified personnel, as well as the development of the IT business in Kherson and the creation of new start-ups.
“People are the only necessary resource for the IT sphere”.
With this phrase, began the biggest IT conference in Kherson “IT DAY”, the first of which brought together more than 1000 people and speakers from Ukraine and other countries.
According to the results of the first IT DAY, it turned out that in Kherson:
- more than 32 IT companies / teams
- more than 1500 IT specialists
The conference blew up the local media space. The organizers and participants for several days did not go off the air of local TV channels. One of the leading national media about IT “DOU”, covered Kherson’s IT sphere in great material, thanks to the conference.
At that time, the IT DAY conference was not held by the IT CONNECTION NGO (since it did not exist yet). It was the result of the combined efforts of individuals inspired by Kateryna Sheldagaieva.
And in 2019, she decided to deepen the idea of developing the IT community of Kherson and Ukraine and created NGO “IT Connection”, which was registered on July 12, 2019.
Then, on November 23, 2019, the 4th IT conference was held with the new name: “IT CONNECTION CONFERENCE”.
As a result of IT Connection activities (including the period prior to its official registration)
- 4 IT conferences held
- About 3,000 participants and speakers at IT conferences were gathered
- On November 23, 2019, national Ukrainian cyber tournament from the Cybersport Federation of Ukraine was held in Kherson. 10 all-Ukrainian winners of the qualifying round arrived there.
- 5 strategic sessions with IT specialists, heads of IT companies and representatives of universities were conducted
- 80 IT brunches were carried out
- A number of thematic free IT meetings were held (With the participation of speakers of past IT conferences)
Kherson became attractive for opening IT brands such as:
- Beetroot Academy
- Main Academy
From the first IT-conference till today Kherson became more active in the development of IT-sphere. Many new ideas, communes, sub-communes, different organizations at universities, start-ups, which are invested by foreign investors, have appeared.
Asimov Lab – courses in robotics, programming and 3D modeling for children and adults in Kherson was opened.
IT companies have found employees, and IT specialists have learned that there are more than 5 IT companies in Kherson.
IT IS EXACTLY HOW SIMPLE IDEA AND THE INITIATIVE TO HOLD IT CONFERENCES WERE TRANSFERRED INTO A SYSTEM WORK, THE PURPOSE OF WHICH IS COMBINING IT SPECIALISTS, PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES OF THE ECONOMY AND SPHERES OF LIFE IN THE GOOD OF KHERSON REGION, UKRAINE AND THE WHOLE WORLD.
Today NGO IT Connection
It is not a profitable organization and operates in accordance with the Regulations.
The board is headed by Kateryna Sheldagaieva.
The organization accepts new members according to a procedure which can be found on the link.
In addition to paying membership dues, among the obligations of members of the organization: demonstration their own development and work on projects for their own development.
NGO IT Connection attracts partners from different industries and spheres to find and enrich ideas for IT solutions.
And also to create a favorable ecosystem (political, legal, economic, infrastructural, service, educational, cultural, etc.) in order to retain local IT professionals and attract their colleagues from all over the world!