April 29-30 marked the second NASA Space Apps Challenge in Ukraine. This year the global network of host cities was expanded to the city of Dnipro thanks to Association Noosphere, founded by Max Polyakov. Team Spacer from Dnipro worked their way into the Top10 in international voting and ended up taking a prestigious 8th place.
May 13, 2017 was a milestone for Ukrainian amateur rocketry, as the student team from Noosphere Engineering School landed in Washington D.C. and took part in The Team America Rocketry Challenge 2017 (TARC). Ukrainian rocketeers had never participated in such a large amateur rocketry challenge before.
April 22 marked the finals of the third exciting engineering competition, Vernadsky Challenge 2017. After the prize fund was doubled to 2 million UAH in 2016, competition for the Vernadsky Challenge stiffened in 2017. This year’s competition finals were momentous for everyone involved as the legendary Mythbuster, Jamie Hyneman, attended the event.
On April 1, 2017, Association Noosphere hosted the first event for designers under the umbrella of Dribbble – a global community of designers and web-developers. More than 150 participants joined the event. They represented not only Dnipro, but also the cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Cherkassy and Tel Aviv.
Noosphere recently hosted AI Rush for the second time. The conference for data scientists was held in Dnipro on February 18, 2017. The event brought together 250 participants, among them were analysts, mathematicians, developers who are deeply involved AI and Data Science. Michal Kosinski, a leading psychologist and data scientist, presented for the first time in Ukraine.
With New Years right around the corner and everyone enjoying the holiday spirit, it is a great time to take stock of 2016. What made this year so special to Noosphere? Quite a lot, actually! Let’s take quick look back and remember all the milestones we passed together this year.