By hologram, the Ukrainian president appeals to global tech

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2018

By hologram, the Ukrainian president launches a call for global tech

Volodymyr Zelensky participated in several events in a virtual way.

In the form of a hologram, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed several audiences in Europe.

In the form of a hologram, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked tech companies around the world to help him rebuild Ukraine.

None No other country in the world will offer you such a chance to use the most advanced technologies within a state, assured President Zelensky, virtually present at VivaTech, but also in other countries. other events in Europe such as The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.

Moreover, the major Parisian fair for new companies and technology dedicated to innovation and digital technology welcomes 14 young Ukrainian companies. It runs until Saturday.

Ukraine is a chance for you, repeated the Ukrainian president, who wants to benefit from a form of loan -bail, on the model of that provided by the United States during the Second World War to help European countries at war.

We will be offering digital lend-lease in the coming weeks at a reconstruction conference in Lugano, Switzerland, he said.

In a khaki outfit, Zelenski acknowledged that it was unusual for a president or head of government to speak via hologram.

But “that's not the only element of < em>Star Wars that we will put into practice. We will defeat the Empire too,” the former actor said, referring to Russia.

Ukraine often highlights the high level of state digitization. This digitization allowed it to better resist the Russian offensive. Thanks to it, it is possible, for example, to continue to issue payments in war zones, which would be unthinkable with a traditional organization, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov recently explained.

No less than fourteen Ukrainian initiatives are present at VivaTech.

Among them, ClinCaseQuest, a platform for medical students to study clinical trials, and Miso, which offers a monitoring system that analyzes a person's health using algorithms in order to prevent heart disease.

We want to show that Ukrainian technology, whatever it is, despite the war and the challenges facing the country, it is strong, and it can offer interesting partnerships to French and European companies, explains to AFP Diana Sidko, manager of the Ukraine kiosk at VivaTech.

This is the first time that Ukraine has its booth at this show. There are many American and European global companies whose development teams are based in Ukraine. That's really thousands of people employed today. About 250,000 in engineering, says Diana Sidko.

Each young company present at VivaTech is a seed of courage, which continues to work in fairly difficult conditions, but who knows the overcome, whether based in Ukraine, Portugal or temporarily in France like Lookerz and Cardio AI, details Diana Sidko.

The presence of Ukraine at the show was decided before the Russian invasion.

In the fall, before the war broke out, there was already a desire for Ukraine to participate in Viva Tech. It is a country which, on the European technological scene, is increasingly dynamic, active and interesting, underlines the director of the show, Julie Ranty.

Despite the conflict , the discussions continued, with the objective that these young Ukrainian shoots can continue to develop their activities and find visibility, a clientele, investments at VivaTech.

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