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Move over, Berlin: Poland is the new playground for tech startups

Move over, Berlin: Poland is the new playground for tech startups

Apr 24, 2014
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You’re an entrepreneur, and you want to found a startup. You have an idea that’s sophisticated, adventurous, and could even develop a brand new business model for the tech world. If you could found your startup anywhere in the world, where would it be? San Francisco, Tel Aviv, New York, Berlin?

How about Poland?

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Crowdfunding kicks off in the Czech Republic with the help of Hithit.com

Crowdfunding kicks off in the Czech Republic with the help of Hithit.com

Mar 19, 2014
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The concept of crowd funding (a form of online fundraising and/or investment using small donations from a large number of donors) has caught on in the Czech Republic, according to Radio Prague. Hithit.com, a successful Czech crowd funding site founded in 2012, exemplifies the trend. Although other crowd funding sites are available in the Czech Republic, according to an interview with Aleš Burger, Hithit co-founder, on Startup.lupa.cz, Hithit differs from the others because there people have a real chance of success.  Read More »
Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Feb 14, 2014
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“One morning, after the dissolution of the student protests on Maidan, we woke up in another country,”  said Pavlo Pedenko, one of the creators of Maidan Chronicles, as he explained the pretext of the idea to build a platform that preserves and gathers all the data from social media related to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. Read More »

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Aug 19, 2013
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Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.

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Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Aug 2, 2013
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An independent think tank in Moldova is trying to start debate about public money, and they are hoping to spark it with some very pretty pictures. Read More »

Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Jul 23, 2013
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Over the past spring, the Moldovan new-media NGO MediaPoint has been working with hundreds of youth across the country to get them up-to-speed on the ins and outs of social media, blogging, and web literacy.

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Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Jul 23, 2013
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Three Uzbek entrepreneurs have founded a new picture-sharing social media site called Modera, according to the Sacramento Press.

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SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

Jul 9, 2013
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Tajikistan hosted the third Central Asian Social Innovation Camp this year between 29 June and 3 July outside of Dushanbe. Read More »

Uzbekistan opens online public service website

Uzbekistan opens online public service website

Jul 3, 2013
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In a sign of the continued rapid growth of Internet use in one of Central Asia’s most restrictive countries, Uzbekistan has unveiled an online single access point to state services, UzDaily.com reports.

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Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Jun 7, 2013
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Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov has a plan to mass-produce human-like avatars that would grant immortality by uploading people’s brains and personalities for after they die. Read More »

Skolkovo police raid fuels Putin-Medvedev split speculation

Skolkovo police raid fuels Putin-Medvedev split speculation

Apr 22, 2013
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On 18 April, Russian authorities searched the Moscow offices of the Skolkovo Foundation, a high-tech incubator, in a move certain to fuel speculation of a widening rift between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Reuters reports. Read More »

That startup fever

That startup fever

Feb 5, 2013
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Vladimir Funtikov, a 26-year-old Estonian businessman, already has behind him successful studies at university and the launch of several small technology companies, including Creative Mobile, which produces games for smart phones. Now he’s come up with a crazy idea: playing on cell phones should be taught as a subject at university because, among other reasons, his company – with offices in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, New York, and London employing 60 people – can’t find enough skilled developers and programmers.  Read More »

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Oct 18, 2012
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Bribr [ru; App StoreFacebook] is a newly-launched iPhone/iPad app that allows anonymous users in Russia to submit the locations and the amounts of the bribes they pay. Later, it will be possible to report on the bribes taken as well. Read More »

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