No report can compare to a personal story full of emotions and energy. Four Razom volunteers performed at a storytelling festival in New York City, sharing their stories from the stage with everyone who came to listen.
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Razom held its second annual meeting on Saturday, July 25th in New York City. More than 140 guests attended #Razom2years who learned about the organization’s progress and six initiatives, including: Razom IT, Razom Culture, Razom Think with UkrOko.org, Reformers without Borders, Razom Aid with Toy Drive, and Razom Partners. “I was so impressed to see so many new faces in the room,” said Razom Board Member, Dora Chomiak. “Clearly this shows that, even though the headlines may be off the front pages, the drive that brought Razom volunteers together in 2014 is still relevant today.”
In May we got to sit down with the new CEO of Hromadske TV and have a conversation about the question ‘What is worth doing to support Ukraine?’ Razom came together to support Maidan. Now we work with volunteers around the world on projects that amplify the voices of people from Ukraine and that increase civic engagement. We do not have a specific project with Hromadske TV, but we were glad to have the chance to talk with someone who is leading an institution that also sprung from the street protests in 2013.
In the April Razom IT Speaker Series event at Civic Hall, Jakob Kegel spoke about Beetroot Academy‘s recent initiative “Frontend-developer: Training Program for Internally Displaced People in Ukraine.” The program is free of charge and designed for IDPs from Crimea and eastern Ukraine. About 30% of Beetroot Academy students are women and 50% of the graduates get placed as developers full time.
By Nastia Rab
In February, Razom welcomed Ilia Kenigshtein to New York as part of its Razom IT speaker series to present his most recent venture – Creative Quarter. The venture aims to transform an abandoned tram depot in Lviv, Ukraine into a bustling innovation hub — a place for work, creativity, learning, leisure and entertainment under one roof.
Our February Razom IT Speaker Series event focused on a creative new project developing in Lviv. Ilia Kenigshtein presented how he is converting an old tram depot in Lviv into a cool co-working space that concentrates on education, technology and entertainment. He’s calling it the “Creative Quarter”, a place for entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, social figures to meet and create things under one roof.
At our January Razom IT Speaker Series event, we learned how civic tech is driving change in Ukraine. Artem Borodatyuk, co-founder of the platform for social good, “Moy Gorod” visited New York and shared his experience of launching an online platform in Odessa, Ukraine that gets citizens to create and implement projects to make their city more livable. He calls it a marketplace of social projects and civic activists.
An astounding number of tech innovations around the globe are fueled by talent from Ukraine. You might not realize it, but you have benefited from them if you’ve used Ford’s in-car infotainment system, Reuters award-winning photography app, Nokia’s customer retail experience, or Deutsche Bank’s Risk Management System.
At our December Razom IT Speaker Series event, we had a great lineup of established Ukrainian IT professionals talk about the rise of Ukraine as a technology nation.
Shockolad, ethno-jazz band from Lviv, performed in New York, together with singer Bria Blessing. Here are a few shots from their heart warming performance. Razom was excited to be a promotional sponsor and partner up with Roman Kobuley on bringing quality Ukrainian music to New York.