How does the EBA IT community help Ukraine during the war?
In these difficult times, Ukrainians have shown the world what true unity and mutual help are. For a common goal, business, citizens, and the country have united into one to oppose the war. Therefore, we at the European Business Association continue to share stories of how companies across different industries help the country. Now it is the turn for the IT – we collected stories of support provided by the EBA IT Committee companies.
Companies are trying to continue to work actively, pay taxes in advance and do everything to keep our country’s economic rear safe. To date, the vast majority of IT companies have returned to full operation.
According to EPAM Ukraine, the company was able to fully adapt to new realities and more than 90% of specialists have returned to work. Besides, EPAM paid UAH 50 million in advance in Q1 and the company also plans to pay taxes to the budget in Q2.
Similarly, BAKOTECH is actively continuing its work. All workers are in relatively safe places and ready to work for the good of the state. Besides, a Coalition of Ukrainian Distributors was established together with BAKOTECH colleagues. The main task of the Coalition is to help companies and manufacturers of IT solutions that have any ties with the aggressor country to stop activities in the russian and belarussian markets as soon as possible.
Sigma Software evacuated most people from Kharkiv, Sumy, Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro, and small towns to safe places, along with families and pets. The company’s volunteer group, which was organized in the first hours of the war, did the impossible. For example, evacuation buses from Kharkiv ran even in the most difficult days. The company provided everyone, including those evacuated with their own vehicles, with temporary housing and everything necessary for work and normal life.
The company also leased several recreation centers in Morshyn (270 seats) and Truskavets (150 seats) for a long time and arranged co-working spaces there for comfortable work with full administrative and technical support. Currently, more than 95% of people have been transported to safe locations and have been able to return to work. About 20% of people went abroad: to Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Sweden. There are those who did not want to leave their cities and still live in Kharkiv, Kyiv. Those who joined the Armed Forces or the Defense Forces retain their seats, and payments to all specialists are made regularly. Besides, the company paid all taxes in advance.
Luxoft has not only cut the staff since February 24, but on the contrary, the issue of hiring is becoming more relevant. In March, 46 specialists joined the company. In April, the company increased its pace even more and provided even more jobs for Ukrainians. The company is committed to continuing business in Ukraine, as it is now a crucial task. In this way, the company contributes to supporting the economy of our state and in the fight against a common enemy. Moreover, Luxoft opened seven new offices in Ukraine: in Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, two in Lviv, and in Reni, Odesa region. Also, the company covers the job needs of 150 relocated professionals.
GlobalLogic has invested significant resources to support its specialists and the people of Ukraine. The safety and well-being of specialists is a key priority of the company, so all GlobalLogic Ukraine specialists received unscheduled payments, as well as relocation assistance, accommodation, and psychological support, while GlobalLogic continues to pay all compensation to its specialists as usual.
SoftServe has been supporting Ukraine’s economy since the first days of the war, for example, in February the company transferred taxes of UAH 50 mil in advance to strengthen additional revenues to the state budget.
Even before the full-scale invasion began, Greennet began paying taxes in advance in early February. Also, immediately after the start of hostilities, the company rented several small hotels in relatively safe areas for its professionals and their relatives to continue active work. To date, this option is free for the Greennet team and their families. As of now, most people have returned to Kyiv or have plans to do so in the coming weeks.
Although Greennet Ukraine has lost a significant share of sales since February 24, as most of the customers are Ukrainian companies, Greennet retained the whole team and fully kept the salary for the first half of this year. The company continues to invest in our country even in difficult times with faith in the prompt victory and successful future of Ukraine!
Meanwhile, Telesens and IT Cluster are currently working to set up an IT center in Transcarpathia to help support the Ukrainian economy with profits from customers abroad.
Financial and humanitarian aid
The IT community does not spare resources and does everything possible to bring our victory over our common misfortune closer. Particularly, since the beginning of the full-scale war, N-iX specialists have raised more than UAH 24,258,000 \ in the N-iX Army Assistance Fund. The company managed to help many cities of Ukraine, including Chernihiv, Bucha, Brody, Vasylkiv, Pokrovsk, Avdiivka, Toretsk, Mariupol and many others. Here are some of the key initiatives that N-iX has supported over the past two months:
- N-iX purchased 20 SUVs and minibuses, ambulances for military and humanitarian needs. The vehicles are already helping our defenders and volunteers in eastern Ukraine.
- More than 40 Starlink stations have been transferred to different parts of Ukraine, where it is most needed – to Donetsk, Chernihiv and Bucha territorial communities. Besides, Ukrzaliznytsia received 15 stations to be used at railway stations in settlements where there are problems with Internet connection.
- N-iX joined the purchase of thermal imaging equipment for the production of helicopters. The company’s specialists also help the Air Intelligence Service with their expertise.
- More than 100 units of computer equipment were handed over for the needs of the Armed Forces, the Territorial Defense and the Ukrainian special services;
- N-iX ordered 200 bulletproof vests for the military – 12 sets have already been distributed among N-iX colleagues who joined the Armed Forces.
- Together with our colleagues, we raised UAH 974,000 in aid for N-iX specialists who joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For its part, SoftServe also allocated UAH 12 mil for assistance in various areas related to the war, and later another UAH 22 mil from the company’s management. Separately, the company’s employees have collected 2 million hryvnias and continue to collect significant sums even now. Customers, partners and employees also made more than $ 400,000 in donations from abroad.
Most of these funds were directed to the Open Eyes Corporate Charitable Foundation, which procures essentials and humanitarian aid abroad, logistics and transportation to Ukraine and Ukrainian cities, namely, to the East. The fund has dozens of trucks and more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid, medicines, food, and computer equipment for refugees and the military.
Since the beginning of the war, assistance from GlobalLogic to Ukraine and Ukrainians has amounted to half a billion hryvnias (this amount continues to grow). Besides, the company’s engineers are closing various requests from volunteers on their own and have already raised more than 8 million hryvnias at their own expense.
To encourage the company’s partners around the world to help Ukraine, GlobalLogic has established a platform WeSpire, which currently raises more than $ 135,000 for Ukrainian foundations – Nova Ukraine, Razom, Revived Soldiers Ukraine, and others. GlobalLogic pays a fee for these transfers.
Since the full-scale invasion, the Telesens Founder has been delivering humanitarian aid from Italy, France (Lyon) to Kharkiv, Kharkiv Regional Children’s Hospital and Kharkiv Region (Pervomaiskyi town). The aid included medicines, food, clothes. He also brings to Ukraine the cars that volunteers need here, on the spot.
The Telesens specialists, namely Project Manager, Head of PM and BA Division, Recruiter, as well as QA Engineer companies from the first days joined the ranks of the Armed Forces. Sometimes they write what they need, and colleagues raise money for it: from thermal imagers to routers.
EPAM focuses on working with proven foundations that provide primarily humanitarian assistance. In total, more than UAH 21 mil was transferred to the Red Cross of Ukraine, Leleka, Razom, Krona, and Group 35. Namely, UAH 10 mil were allocated to the Red Cross of Ukraine to meet the medical needs of hospitals and the needs of migrants. Financial assistance is provided to local communities to cover the urgent needs of internally displaced persons in Lviv, Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, and Khmelnytsky oblasts, as well as to resume community activities in Sumy oblast. EPAM is an international company, so help comes from colleagues and clients from the West. With joint efforts, the company managed to purchase and transfer three ambulances that now transport the wounded, as well as medical equipment. A special “Ukraine Aid Fund” has also been established. The aid is also provided at the employee level: the recent charity campaign “EPAM stands with Ukraine” raised more than UAH 900,000. The funds went to the accounts of Ukrainian humanitarian aid funds (Caritas Ukraine, Razom, and Group35). Many EPAM IT specialists help the country not only economically: they work in the defence, in the ranks of the Armed Forces, they volunteer by helping the military, and migrants, as well as bringing products, medicines, and essentials to the “hot spots”.
More than five years ago, Sigma Software registered its own charity to support numerous social initiatives. On February 24, 2022, the fund started working in new directions, namely the assistance to the population and the military. Specialists from Sigma Software, IdeaSoft, Kharkiv IT Service Company became the main coordinators for that.
From the first day, the company together with specialists donated to support various projects. Thus, nearly UAH 10 mil were collected and transferred to the Come Back Alive Foundation. UAH 500,000 were sent to the Lviv IT cluster to support refugees and taxes were paid in advance. In total, Sigma Software, IdeaSoft, and their customers have donated more than $ 2.5 mil for a variety of causes. However, many places need specific help: through the charity fund, the company helps people in trouble and the defenders. As of today, the fund has spent more than $ 320,000 on evacuation, purchase, and delivery of humanitarian aid, assistance to refugees, and the Armed Forces.
As part of the business continuity plan, which provided for the evacuation of specialists, Sigma Software began to receive requests from citizens for assistance with evacuation. It was difficult to stay away in such a situation, so the companies helped with the evacuation, and today more than 1.5 thousand people have been evacuated. Those who stay in hot spots for any reason also receive help: medicines, essentials, children’s goods, and food. Many specialists of Sigma Software Group are volunteers who help the people and the army daily with the support of the company.
Since the beginning of the war, Luxoft continues to cooperate with volunteer foundations and organizations: the Red Cross of Ukraine, Caritas Ukraine, the Charitable Foundation “Kolo”, “Heart to Heart”. First, a platform for collecting donations to the Red Cross of Ukraine was launched among all specialists of DXC Technology Company, which includes Luxoft. Now Luxoft has organized a similar fundraising campaign for Caritas Ukraine, and our colleagues from all over the world have joined the initiative. The purpose of the fund is to support people affected by the conflict: providing them with food, drinking water, safe accommodation, and hygiene items, as well as organizing transport for people in active combat operations to help them reach their loved ones in safe areas. So far, $ 23,500 has been raised for Caritas Ukraine. Also, Luxoft has transferred $ 136,000 to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Luxoft purchased and handed over a large consignment of humanitarian aid to the pupils of the Hlynsk Special Boarding School in the Romny District, Sumy Region. The institution accommodates 33 children. Food, various hygiene products, and clothes were purchased and transferred to them.
In almost one hour, Luxoft managed to close the fundraiser for the Zaporizhia Regional Clinical Children’s Hospital for UAH 110,786. Many children from Mariupol are being evacuated to that hospital. The company has closed the need to purchase pen syringes, a critical vacuum aspirator for wound healing. Fundraising was carried out through the KOLO Charitable Foundation. As part of the global initiative Chess for Charity, our winner Yuri Lugosh – Luxoft Software Developer, donated his prize of 2000 USD to the “HEART TO HEART” fund. The donation were used to purchase medical equipment for children with hearing impairments at the Kherson Regional Children’s Hospital, as well as consumables and medicines designed to save and support lives.
BAKOTECH transferred more than UAH 3 mil to the army and charitable foundations. On the “financial front”, the company is trying to attract more humanitarian and military aid. For example, BAKOTECH purchased computers for artillery, radio sets, and pieces of equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and Territorial Defense (TRO). If we talk about employees who went to serve in the Armed Forces and the TRO, BAKOTECH provided them with the necessary equipment – from thermal imagers to clothing.
BAKOTECH management uses all its international contacts and connections to disseminate information about the situation in Ukraine and to attract international financial assistance from foreign partners for the needs of the Armed Forces and volunteer organizations. There has been significant progress in this regard – the funds raised the amount to hundreds of thousands of euros.
BAKOTECH vendors also did a lot: they created volunteer organizations, donated, and helped to find equipment outlets for the Armed Forces. BAKOTECH vendors also provide free licenses to Ukrainian companies for their products and professional assistance, and they cooperate with the government.
Since February 24, Greennet has been providing all possible assistance to customers and partners: the first priority has been given to government agencies, the defense industry, and critical infrastructure, but commercial customers have also helped as much as they can as the role of pharmacy or supermarket is no less vital in the days of the war.
Some of the company’s specialists are now defending the country with weapons, and Greennet is providing them with all the necessary support.
With the support of Sigma Software, the Swedes for Ukraine portal has recently been launched to help find free housing for IDPs in Sweden. The initiator of the portal was Dan Olofsson, a famous Swedish businessman and philanthropist. His Danir Group together with Sigma Software quickly developed a portal where Ukrainians coming to Sweden will be able to find temporary housing. The portal enables the Swedes with vacant housing to post information about them on the portal and to invite Ukrainian refugee families to stay in their homes. Accommodation will be provided free of charge for the first three months of your stay.
Also, Sigma Software and their customer and partner Bezyl have created a Ukrainian version of the application to support the mental health of Ukrainians. Sigma Software has been a technical partner of Bezyl for two years. During that period, the company’s specialists were involved in developing an application that supports US Army veterans and people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When Esther Howard, founder of Bezyl Inc., saw the scale of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, she decided to make the Bezyl app available to Ukrainians to help them get the support needed. Sigma Software specialists gladly joined the localization work. You can download the Bezyl App on the App Store and Google Play.
SoftServe also helps the country by providing its own expertise. Hundreds of Softserve’s IT specialists work with NGOs and government agencies within the OpenTech project to develop digital products and solutions for them. Today, SoftServe volunteers have about 20 projects in progress.
In such difficult times, the IT community does not forget about education as a basis for further economic development of Ukraine.
In particular, GlobalLogic continues to support education in Ukraine: an IT Basics Course was held as part of the GlobalLogic Education program. GlobalLogic trainers and mentors shared the basic knowledge and skills needed to start a career in the IT industry. Students of various specialties from all over Ukraine attended the course. The course materials and details are available at the link.
And on May 23, the career guidance course for high school students – IT Choice – will start. The company wants to help students in grades 9-11 to understand in which IT direction they can realize their potential. Participation in the course is free.
GlobalLogic has also launched a series of educational webinars on a rangr of topics that will help during the war: from psychology to medicine, from cybersecurity to life safety. Videos are available at the link. They also took care of children’s leisure time by launching a series of Kids Space webinars about Ukraine, during which children can learn more about Ukrainian mythology, fairy tales and more. Videos are available in a playlist.
Sigma Software continues to develop its corporate educational direction and helps everyone to discover the IT world. Based on Sigma Software University, it launched a set of social courses for family and friends of our colleagues in March. The programs cover today’s trend areas: Basics of PM, BA, .NET, JS, Basics of databases, recruiting and HR, software testing. Over 2,000 registrations were received in two weeks. Training in most of the programs has already begun.
Since the full-scale war, classes have resumed on programs for beginners, namely, camps and internships in the areas of NODE. JS, Angular, Java, PHP, Big Data, Support and .NET, GameDev.
For those wishing to delve into blockchain technology, a set for the Solidity for beginners course (https://bit.ly/3OAjxEP) is currently open, it will begin in May, and all funds raised will be used to help the Armed Forces.
EPAM, together with AWS specialists, has helped 10+ educational partners from universities in the east and south maintain critical infrastructure by transferring data to a secure cloud environment. This will help to quickly restore the learning process.
The company has resumed the work of EPAM University corporate training programs and helped to master modern IT professions. They also launched a special program, IT Fundamentals for Ukrainian Switchers, which introduces the basics of computer science. The program is free and it does not contain screening tests and is available to anyone who wants to join IT without previous experience. This is especially important during a period when some people have lost their jobs.
On behalf of the EBA, we would like to sincerely thank all the companies that in these extremely difficult times for every Ukrainian, they do not stay aside and make every effort to help the country and the people in all possible ways. Only with such amazing unity and mutual assistance can we advance our common victory!