The Synergy 2021 Conference Attracted Over 3,900 Participants!

Synergy 2021. IT Business & IT Education, the largest in Ukraine specialized educational conference, took place on December 16-17, bringing together representatives of government, business and educational institutions in panel discussions. During 2 days, there were 8 panel discussions with the participation of 50 leading speakers, 5 practical workshops, as well as a presentation of IT education reform and a media panel with the participation of editors-in-chief of Ukrainian media.

This year, the event became the largest in the eight years of its existence:

  • 300 participants and guests joined the event live, taking an active part in the panel discussions;
  • Over 3,000 people joined the live broadcast;
  • 600 people participated in 5 practical online workshops.

Mykhailo Fedorov, a Vice Prime Minister, the Minister of Digital Transformation, presented a roadmap for reforming IT education in Ukraine. The main reform initiatives are:

  • Development of non-formal education, i.e. private schools, courses that teach IT specialities;
  • Increasing the competitiveness and autonomy of higher education institutions;
  • Reform of mathematics and computer science lessons in schools.

Ukrainian IT is actively developing. This year alone, IT exports grew by 35% and the number of companies grew by 22%. At the same time, the demand for IT specialists is also increasing. It is estimated that by 2030, the IT industry will need at least 500-600 thousand professionals. That is why the reform of IT education is one of our priorities today. This sphere of education needs a comprehensive upgrade at all levels. We need to balance systemic reforms and overnight fixes. We are already starting to prepare young people for the future by providing them with up-to-date knowledge and skills,

 

said Mykhailo Fedorov, a Vice Prime Minister, the Minister of Digital Transformation.

Synergy 2021 Conference is a platform to discuss the key challenges of IT education, where participants openly argue and propose their solutions and share success stories.

IT business and IT education are two sides of the same coin. As a business, we are ready to invest in educators’ initiatives, support and share professional expertise. Certainly, we are unable to teach better than educators do. For our part, we are ready to help by pointing out what skills and competencies students should have when graduating from universities and direct new talents to build a career in the global market.

– said Yurii Antoniuk, Vice President of the Association, Head of EPAM in Central and Eastern Europe, emphasized the importance of cooperation between educators and business.

Currently, businesses can only financially support universities through sponsorship or charitable assistance – that’s not enough. Increasing financial support for business universities requires transparent mechanisms for investing in education, removing bureaucratic barriers to targeted use of funds, and transparent rules for obtaining a return on investment. We hope that thanks to the reform we will be able to solve these issues,

commented Taras Kytsmey, Co-founder and Board Member at SoftServe.

Maksym Pochebut, Vice President of the Association on Educational Issues, Chief Learning Officer at Sigma Software Group, spoke about 5 directions of the Association’s work in the field of education: secondary and higher education, non-formal education, industry promotion and R&D. In particular, it is important to build cooperation between business and research institutes, academic institutions to develop the IT industry in holistically.

Also this year, for the first time, a panel discussion was held at the conference with the participation of editors of well-known Ukrainian media. Participants of the media panel: Stas Yurasov, editor-in-chief of dev.ua, Serhiy Lebid, editor of bit.ua, Zhanna Dufina, director of communications of the public association Osvitoria and Yuriy Marchenko, editor-in-chief of Platfor.ma. The discussion was moderated by Valeria Chachybaya, producer of Forbes Ukraine, co-founder of Radio Aristocrats. One of the key messages of the discussions is that by reforming IT education, the media can be an effective transmitter of change, for example, by covering the stories of switchers and IT professionals.

Read more via IT Ukraine Association portal.

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