Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed The Next Web TNW conference in Zaandam via augmented reality on Thursday, announcing a programme of ‘digital lend-lease’ in which Ukraine could be used to develop new technologies in return for financial and technological support.
- The digital lend-lease programme will be further discussed during the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano, Switzerland on 4–5 July.
- In his address, Zelenskyy outlined ways in which technology is changing public life, from cloud information storage, online learning and medicine, to using artificial intelligence in the judiciary.
- The Ukrainian leader appeared simultaneously at six tech conferences across Europe. Alongside TNW, the president’s speech was broadcast to Paris’ Vivatech, London’s Founders Forum, Stockholm’s Brilliant Minds, the AI Summit in London, and SuperReturn Berlin.
Julia Petryk, MacPaw, PR Lead: “l was surprised that Ukraine was not more on the [TNW] agenda. So it was unexpected and a great surprise that Zelenskyy was on the main stage. It was so good to see him as a key presenter and highlight.’
- 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.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.