russia’s military aggression against Ukraine has been going on for almost two months, and during this time, all sectors of the economy, including IT, have had to stand by the military. Ukrainian IT did not break down — it shrank a little, but it is standing firmly, providing employment to people, paying taxes, organizing humanitarian help and assisting the Ukrainian army.
Here are a few key factors that have helped Ukrainian IT survive by Nelia Holovina, senior content writer at 42flows.tech:
- Companies prepared for war before it started
- The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to shift to digital
- Evacuation of employees to safer cities
- Evacuation of employees to other countries
- Support and trust of foreign partners and clients
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Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
There are several other organizations to support:
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.