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Greg Tkachenko graduated with a Master's degree from ITMO University's Information Technologies and Programming Faculty in 2017, but he achieved his first professional successes while still a student. As a second-year student, Greg, along with a few other students of the Computer Technologies Department, was invited to take part in an internship at Yandex, where he spent almost two and a half years. Then, he received offers from Mail.ru Group and Facebook, which he turned down to work on the startup AI Factory, which he co-founded with Alexander Mashrabov and Victor Shaburov. In December 2019, the company was acquired by Snapchat’s parent company Snap for $166 million. Greg Tkachenko sat down for a chat with ITMO.NEWS and told us where to find ideas for your tech startup and how to deal with failure.
Representing ITMO at the hackathon were four teams, two of which won in their respective tracks and passed into the finals. One of them, Golden PSZh, became the all-round winner of Russia’s first large-scale hackathon on digitalization in the field of tourism. Right now, the students are in discussions on incorporating their system into a potential customer’s operations. More on the students’ training in the Digital Generation club, the tracks and the solutions, as well as their impressions of the event in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Every January, the US city of Las Vegas hosts one of the world’s largest tech exhibitions, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which aims to showcase the trends that will define the development of hi-tech in the following year. This is where many corporations opt for premiering their newest releases. In this article, ITMO.NEWS continues the exploration of the ideas presented, from the most cutting-edge to the most gimmicky. You can get another, first-hand look at the exhibition’s display here.
ITMO University Graduate Alexandra Bystrova: You Can Always Find Your Identity in a New Field, City or University
Alexandra Bystrova graduated from ITMO first with a Bachelor’s degree in “Informatics and Computer Hardware and Software” and then a Master’s degree in “Technological Entrepreneurship and Innovation Economics”. She now lives in Moscow. Over the last couple of years, she went from a student just out of university to a product manager position in MTS, one of the largest Russian telecommunication companies. ITMO.NEWS asked Alexandra how she became part of the MTS team, what was the reason for her relocation to Moscow, what forms of sexism a young woman should expect to encounter in IT and why you should never give up after yet another failure.
The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) market has been witnessing increasing growth both in the US and around the world over the last five years, says the review by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to experts, the global market of commercial drones is growing fast – even faster than it was originally envisaged. The specialists and students of ITMO University’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies conduct research in this exciting new field. As part of this, they have recently visited the G.S.Titov Youth Cosmonautics Club to pilot a Boeing 737 with the use of a professional flight simulator. Why do programmers need to get a feel of the sky like real pilots, and how this internship can prompt new research studies? Read on to find out.
In late October, the Facebook Hacker Cup 2019 open championship in programming came to an end at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. ITMO’s PhD student Gennady Korotkevich, who won the championship in 2014 and 2015, has become its champion for the third time. In the final round, the programmer solved all six tasks faster than his competitors.
ITMO alumnus Vladimir Eremin is the head of a product management team at Veeam. His colleagues and he provide data backup services to major corporate clients. In five years, Vladimir’s career has taken him from junior analyst to the head of his own division. Speaking to ITMO.NEWS, he shares which of his university classes have paid off the most, how to find your calling, and how to act right at a job interview in the IT industry.
Having graduated from ITMO University in 2007, Denis Ovcharov has managed to build a career in such corporations as KPMG, one of the largest Big Four audit companies along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PwC, and Ilim Group, the leading company in the pulp and paper industry in Russia. Now the graduate is developing his own business, while last year, he became the winner of Leaders of Russia, a competition for specialists in the field of management. Denis Ovcharov has recently given an open lecture on leadership and strategic thinking for ITMO University students. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he shares about the importance of having a technical background, why it is crucial for programmers to hone their soft skills, and how to choose your career path.
On July 8-12, the biggest research conference in the field of urban studies, Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (СUPUM), took place in China. Held every second year, the conference brings together leading urban specialists from all over the world. At this year’s conference, Russia was represented by two participants, among whom was Egor Smirnov, a staff of ITMO University’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he talked about the main topics discussed at the conference, the latest advances in the field of urban studies, and the research conducted at the Institute.
Andrey Sebrant, the Product Marketing Director at Yandex, lets us in on some of his recommendations for books to read if you’d like to learn more about IT and new technologies.