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Information technologies (IT) in Belarus

20.07.2017

Belarusian becomes four-time winner of Yandex. Algorithm
Belarusian becomes four-time winner of Yandex. Algorithm Programmer from Belarus Gennady Korotkevich became the four-time winner of the competition in sports programming "Yandex. Algorithm". Participating in the championship, which is held since 2011, this year were almost 5,000 people from all over the world, including India, China, Peru, and Cameroon. As reported on the company's website, more than half of applications were from Russia. Second in terms of the number of participants were programmers from Belarus with Ukraine placed third.

18.07.2017

Belarus plans to increase IT exports in 2017
Belarus plans to increase IT exports in 2017 Belarus plans to increase its exports of IT products by $1 billion in 2017, said July 18 the State Committee for Science and Technology. The results of the country's innovative development were summed up in Minsk. During the 10 years the Belarusian IT industry has stepped forward. Belarus has improved the legal framework and innovative infrastructure. The next step is providing scientists with the so-called risk right.

03.07.2017

Belarusian app changing hair color gaining popularity on the web
Belarusian app allows changing hair color in live videos Have you ever needed to change hair color on your photos? Ok, but what about live videos? Try on all the colors of the rainbow! Now it is possible thanks to Belarusian programmers. A Belarusian IT company has developed a unique app that allows you to change the color of hair in live videos. The range of colors is so wide that it is possible to turn a real image into a fairy tale becoming a mermaid. Belarusians' development has already become popular with users, who share their unusual photos in social networks.

30.06.2017

President promises to turn Belarus into IT land
President promises to turn Belarus into IT land The presidents of Belarus and Russia took part in the plenary session of the 4th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. The main themes of the annual event are innovative development and digital economy. The countries are determined to deepen cooperation in these areas.
Belarus, Russia boasting own high-tech developments at Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia boasting own high-tech developments at Forum of Regions On June 30, the heads of state of Belarus and Russia will visit the IV Forum of Regions, which in 2017 is devoted to integration development in the field of high technologies and innovations. Presidents of Belarus and Russia Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are expected to partake in the forum activities too and have talks on the Belarusian-Russian cooperation.

29.06.2017

Ransomware detected on several PCs in Belarus
Ransomware detected on several PCs in Belarus Individual cases of infection of computers with a ransomware have been recorded in Belarus. The virtual attack blocks computers and the owner is offered to pay about $300 to decrypt the files. To a greater or lesser extent, the cyberattack has affected the whole world. The first ten victims included Ukraine, Italy, Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia.  After a massive world cyberattack, the US and Israel are setting up a working group to prevent such threats. It is also necessary to determine how to bring to justice those responsible.

28.06.2017

Ransomware affects large Belarusian companies
Ransomware affects large Belarusian companies   Malicious software blocks important information. Infected files are sent disguised as CVs, financial reports and other documentation. In reality there is a program in those files, after launching it , it is not possible to upload the uploading system of a computer. To varying degrees, the cyberattack affected the entire world. The USA and Israel are already creating a working group which will prevent such threats.

23.06.2017

Slovak entrepreneurs interested in Belarus IT sector
Slovak entrepreneurs interested in Belarus IT sector Negotiations between the heads of the foreign affairs ministers of Belarus and Slovakia took place in Minsk. On the agenda is the whole range of partnerships. However, the key direction was trade and economic cooperation. In particular, the parties agreed to continue work on boosting trade, as well as facilitate the implementation of joint projects.

14.06.2017

Minsk residents use messengers the most in Belarus
Minsk residents use messengers the most in Belarus The largest number of people using messengers lives in Minsk - 59%. The most active growth of messenger use in regions outside of the Belarusian capital is observed in Vitebsk and Mogilev. These are the latest data from one of popular messaging services.  At the same time, only 8% connect the desktop version to the mobile app. The majority of people prefer to communicate with the help of their cell.

07.06.2017

Vsevolod Yanchevsky about Belarus-Moldova IT cooperation
Vsevolod Yanchevsky about Belarus-Moldova IT cooperation As many as 3,500 new working places were created in the High Tech Park in 2016. The prospective of cooperation and success of Belarus in the IT sector were discussed in the Park together with the Moldavian Premier on June 7, 2017. Pavel Filip was the Minister of Information Technologies’ before 2016, so it is not surprising that he pays a lot of attention to the IT sector.
Moldova Premier visits High Tech Park in Minsk
Moldova Premier visits High Tech Park in Minsk As many as 3,500 new working places were created in the High Tech Park in 2016. The prospective of cooperation and success of Belarus in the IT sector were discussed in the Park together with the Moldavian Premier on June 7, 2017. Pavel Filip was the Minister of Information Technologies’ before 2016, so it is not surprising that he pays a lot of attention to the IT sector.

06.06.2017

App measuring blood pressure to be presented in Belarus
App measuring blood pressure to be presented in Belarus Belarusians will soon use a smartphone instead of a hemo manometer: photos of the hand will be enough to measure blood pressure. Using a mobile device you will also be able to determine the quality of products in stores. For example, it is possible to find out which tomato is more mature simply looking at its image.
Belarusian forensic experts to study handwriting using mathematical algorithms
Belarusian forensic experts to study handwriting using mathematical algorithms Belarusian forensic experts are mastering new methods of work. In particular, they will soon use computer technologies helping study handwriting and signatures. They involve mathematical algorithms, as well as a special program which calculates statistics and, using probability theory, makes it possible to establish whether the signature on the document is genuine or not. Also, the relationship between a person's psychological portrait and his manner of writing is studied.

01.06.2017

Minsk hosts FinTech Conference 2017 for startups
Minsk hosts FinTech Conference 2017 for startups The best innovative project will be selected in Minsk. More than 20 teams from Russia and Belarus will present their startup ideas in the field of financial technologies. Among them is an app that is able to independently develop a business plan for any enterprise, and an airline ticket insurance project (in case the flight is delayed or canceled). The most relevant development will get a chance to enter the everyday life of ordinary people. The winner will receive a cash prize for business development.

16.05.2017

Mass cyberattack: Belarus counters “Wanna Cry” malicious virus threat
Mass cyberattack: Belarus counters “Wanna Cry” malicious virus threat At the Beijing One Belt, One Way summit special attention was paid to global security threats. To be more precise, the mass cyberattack, which affected more than 150 countries on May 12, was discussed.
Belarusian IT startup team Scrawless into Imagine Cup 2017 semifinal
Belarusian IT startup team Scrawless into Imagine Cup 2017 semifinal A Belarusian IT startup has reached the semifinal of Microsoft's prestigious international competition Imagine Cup. Every year thousands of students developers from all over the world take part in it. The best teams come to Seattle to compete for the top prize. This year, it has doubled and now amounts to $100,000. The winner, who will represent Belarus in Kiev in the semifinal, was determined in the Belarusian High-Tech Park.

03.05.2017

Chinese journalists visit Belarusian confectionary
Chinese journalists visit Belarusian confectionary These days, journalists from China are getting acquainted with Belarus in the framework of a press tour. Yesterday our Chinese colleagues visited the machine-building giants of Belarus and the industrial park Great Stone. On May 3, they went to a confectionary to find out what "sweet taste" Belarus has. Chinese guests tried the Belarusian sweets and chocolate and even got acquainted with the whole production process.
Chinese journalists visit BelAZ and Great Stone industrial park
Chinese journalists visit BelAZ and Great Stone industrial park Representatives of China are in Belarus with a press tour. Yesterday, the journalists from China visited the iconic sites in Belarus. These are BelAZ and the industrial park the Great Stone as well as the leading agro-enterprises of the Minsk region. The large Belarusian machinery stunned the journalists. China bought 485 Belarusian quarry dump trucks. Service maintenance is established. The delegation also noted the successes of the joint Belarusian-Chinese car assembly company.

20.04.2017

Belarus' first cloud platform for creating digital products presented at TIBO 2017
Belarus' first cloud platform for creating digital products presented at TIBO 2017 The MTS company for the first time in Belarus launched a cloud-based platform for creating digital products. A number of projects have already been implemented. First of all, this is the service for the visually impaired called "Navigator" and the service "Public Wi-Fi". Artem Maksimenko, network development department, Mobile TeleSystems:You can deploy any platform in our infrastructure. Any partner company can come in and implement it as soon as possible. In general, it allows for faster implementation of new services.

18.04.2017

International exposition Tibo-2017 opens in Minsk
International exposition Tibo-2017 opens in Minsk The international specialized forum Tibo-2017 was officially opened in Minsk on April 18, 2017. The specialized exposition is one of the largest in the high-tech sector among CIS countries. The latest developments in the sphere of mobile communications, electronics, and robotechnics are presented for a wide audience of the exhibition. This time visitors will have a possibility to get acquainted with the so called Internet of things and the “smart city” system.
Supercomputer, biometric passport and Internet of Things to be presented at TIBO 2017 in Minsk
Supercomputer, biometric passport and Internet of Things to be presented at TIBO 2017 in Minsk An office supercomputer, smart parking system and Internet of Things will be among innovations to be presented at the specialized exhibition TIBO. It opened in Minsk on April 18. Dozens of Belarusian and foreign companies present advanced developments in the field of high technologies and communications. This app will turn any city of Belarus into an open-air museum and will hold excursions for its owner on the move. Young programmers do have something to show at TIBO.
TIBO 2017 exhibition to open in Minsk April 18
TIBO 2017 exhibition to open in Minsk April 18 Office supercomputers, 5G technology, e-government and smart parking - these and other developments will present at the specialized exhibition TIBO. The large-scale forum opens in Minsk on April 18. Belarusian scientists will demonstrate innovations in the field of high technologies, as well as guests from abroad - more than a hundred companies from 17 countries. The most popular exhibits will be the so-called cloud-based products and the Internet of Things. This is the 24th such exhibition.

29.03.2017

Belarus-Korea IT Cooperation Center opens in Minsk
Belarus-Korea IT Cooperation Center opens in Minsk The Belarusian-Korean center of cooperation in the field of information technologies opened in Minsk. In the near future, it will launch three pilot projects, including the development of a paperless trading system. The latter allows improving the efficiency of transactions both domestically and in the Eurasian Economic Union market.

22.03.2017

President Lukashenko predicts IT breakthrough in Belarus
President Lukashenko predicts IT breakthrough in Belarus Investment opportunities, Belarus’ IT sector and science were among the major issues on which the Belarusian President commented visiting the Mogilev Region on March 21.

20.03.2017

Belarus' Education Minister Igor Karpenko
Belarus' Education Minister on changes in Education Code and Belarus' IT sector What is the reason for the growth of IT sector in Belarus and how is the Belarusian education system responding to the challenges of time? We will talk about this with our guest - the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus Igor Karpenko. Mr Karpenko, glad to see you. Igor Karpenko, Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus: Good evening.

19.03.2017

Vitebsk secondary school student wins 3 open IT Olympiads
Vitebsk secondary school student wins 3 open IT Olympiads Three victories in two weeks. A schoolboy from Vitebsk won several open programming Olympiads. Each competition had no less than 300 competitors from 20 countries. Artur Petukhovsky is a pupil of the well-known Veronika Laktina. Her pupils today work in big international IT corporations. Artur told about his plans for the future.
Belarusian IT specialists conquer the world
Belarusian IT specialists conquer the world “World of Tanks”, Viber, MSQRD have all been developed by Belarusian programmers. Nevertheless, these are not the only programs which glorify Belarusian IT specialists. The quality broadsheet newspaper “Deutche Welle” says, that Belarus has turned into one of the largest producers of IT programs in Central and Eastern Europe”. Belarusian High Tech Park has a big potential and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko set new tasks for the Park. What is more, a new director of the High Tech Park was appointed.

16.03.2017

Vsevolod Yanchevskiy appointed director Belarus' High-Tech Park
Vsevolod Yanchevsky appointed director Belarus' High-Tech Park On March 15, Vsevolod Yanchevsky was appointed director of the Belarusian High-Tech Park. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state. Prior to that, Mr Yanchevsky served as a presidential assistant. SEE: Prokopenya: Belarus will be among the first countries to support unmanned vehicles

14.03.2017

Prokopenya: Belarus will be among the first countries to support unmanned vehicles
Prokopenya: Belarus will be among the first countries to support unmanned vehicles The IT sector in Belarus will receive further support from the state under the condition of honest and transparent business, said President Alexander Lukashenko while visiting companies successfully working in the field of high technologies in Minsk. The head of state was presented a project of the so-called augmented reality. It is a unique application that allows you to recognize human emotions and accompany them with graphics.

13.03.2017

Belarus to continue to support IT sector, President says
Belarus to continue to support IT sector, President says Belarus will continue to support the IT sector but the companies involved conduct fair and transparent business, said Belarus President on March 13 visiting companies in Minsk that are working in the field of high technologies. One of them is engaged in a unique project in the field of augmented reality and artificial intelligence. This is a mobile application that allows users all over the world to communicate with the use of visual effects.

26.01.2017

Full-fledged e-government to be set up in Belarus
Full-fledged e-government to be set up in Belarus The mechanism of e-government still needs to be improved in Belarus. The Council of Ministers discussed the prospects concerning the development of digital economy and the information society. Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov drew attention to the insufficient use of modern technologies by experts in different fields. The volume of the mails transmitted in digital form is less than half the total number of documents now. In regions outside of Minsk, this figure is even less than 30%.

12.01.2017

Belarus among leading former Soviet nations in information development
Belarus among leading former Soviet nations in information development Supermarkets in Belarus have already started putting “fair price tags” with the full value of the product per kilogram and liter. Many buyers liked this initiative because of the possibility of comparing prices from different suppliers. “FAIR PRICE TAGS”

23.11.2016

Belarus 31st in IT development ranking
Belarus 31st in IT development ranking Belarus has risen five notches in the ranking for the development of information and communication technologies, and took 31st place. Countries were assessed in 11 positions.  Among them was access to information and communication technologies, the number of active Internet users and people's Internet skills. Topping that ranking is the Republic of Korea. All in all there are 175 countries on the list. Belarus' Eurasian Economic Union allies - Russia and Kazakhstan - are 43rd and 52nd, respectively.

08.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences. If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.

08.05.2016

Belarus-India cooperation: from trolleybuses to information technologies
Belarus-India cooperation prospects: from trolleybuses to IT The Minsk Motor Plant has been producing engines for half a century. MAZ, BelAZ and MTZ are over 70 years old each. But the trolleybus is the product of modern Belarus. It is in demand in Russia and other former Soviet countries. Now Belarusian producers are going to tempt... India. One of the largest economies in the world, with the second largest population on earth, it has not yet "mastered" trolleybuses! Why not offer them these products?

20.04.2016

Belarusian companies offered industrial Internet
Belarusian companies offered industrial Internet Technical re-equipment of enterprises, information technology in industries and virtual product testing were the topics of the Belarusian-German forum held in conjunction with the IT exhibition TIBO 2016. The forum gathered representatives of about 50 leading Belarusian enterprises. Large foreign companies held a master class during which they shared modern techniques. For example, production technologies of the future and the introduction of industrial Internet. They allow increasing labor productivity and reducing costs.

19.04.2016

Houlin Zhao: Belarus among the top ten ICT nations
Houlin Zhao: Belarus among the top ten ICT nations Belarus is ready to continue active cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Secretary General of the organization Houlin Zhao. Belarus has recently made significant progress in the way of informatization. As a confirmation: the country is now 36th in ITU ranking among 193 member countries.

20.11.2015

Virtual banks in Belarus by 2018 Virtual banks will appear in Belarus by 2018, so that citizens will be able to perform any operation remotely using a mobile phone or a computer. A single identification system will be established due to the development of the Belarusian IT companies and digital banking technologies. As a result, a consumer will have the opportunity to not only control online his banking history, but also obtain the necessary information or a specialist advice at any time. MORE: Belarus' banking sector

01.10.2015

IT specialist: I like the current situation in Belarus Svyatoslav Pankratov, programmer: In my particular case, the development of games is a dream job. Belarus has a lot of IT companies and a lot of them develop videogames. In principle, there are very, very successful developers. Everyone in the world knows Belarusian tanks. There are plenty of gaming products around the world, in which Belarusian brains were involved. It is very cool.

05.08.2015

Belarus ranked among top 40 creative nations
Belarus ranked among top 40 creative nations Belarus has been listed among the top 40 most creative countries in the world, occupying the highest position among the CIS countries. Belarus occupied 37th place in the annual ranking of Global Creativity Index 2015. All in all, the study covers 139 countries. Russia was on the next line - 38th, with Latvia and Poland being lower. The leaders of the Global Creativity Index 2015 are Australia, the US and New Zealand, who occupied the podium. The top ten also includes five Western European countries - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Belarusian programmers develop mobile app for young drivers
Belarusian programmers develop mobile app for young road users Modern technology ensures safety. Belarusian programmers together with the Minsk Traffic Control Office developed a colorful mobile application Smart Road for the youngest road users.  Completely free of charge, young residents of Minsk and their parents can download an information portal with interesting promotions and quizzes, traffic rules and helpful tips. For fans of online communication, a children's chat will be created in the near future.

17.05.2015

(L) Pekka Viljakainen, businessman
The most famous Belarusian IT developments: Report by TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Venture companies in the world, or investors who are willing to finance promising new development, often come to Minsk to find out about our business potential. Many of the ideas have already received start-up capital. Belarusians, for example, created the popular Internet service Viber, recently bought out by a Japanese billionaire. Gamers all over the world play Belarusian "World of Tanks", which is one of the most popular computer games of our time! So Belarusian brains are working! Ilona Volynets has more.

22.03.2015

Every click registered in Belarusian internet segment?
Every click to be registered in Belarusian internet segment? From 1 January 2016, new rules will be imposed in the Belarusian internet segment. The Ministry of Communications has obliged providers, that is, those who provide Internet access, to strictly track users: when he logged in and out and how much data was downloaded and uploaded. In general, each click should be captured and stored during one year. In the developed Western countries, this rule has been valid for a long time, and if necessary, National Security Agency even reads personal correspondence. Dmitry Boyarovich has more.

17.03.2015

Font repeating Yanka Kupala's handwriting created in Belarus
Font repeating Yanka Kupala's handwriting created in Belarus Written with a pen and recreated on the monitors of modern gadgets. Belarusians will be able to use a font that simulates the handwriting of the prominent Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala.  The font is available in Belarusian, Russian, and Latin. "Pesnyar" (Singer), which is the name of the font, was a gift for the 110th anniversary of the start of the poet's creative career.