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The Vernadsky Challenge is a startup competition to turn your idea into a reality. Vernadsky Challenge’s team have brought together engineering and design professionals. Do you have an innovative idea or even a finished project? Tell it to our experts. All applications will be evaluated and the most promising solutions are guaranteed to receive our support.

We stay on the cutting edge of technological breakthroughs, and seek out innovative ideas and ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe that science and technology are making the world a better place. Our mission is to become a unique development platform for creative and talented specialists who are ready to realize their design and engineering projects.

The teams with the most promising ideas will receive investment funding, professional expertise and access to innovative scientific and technological solutions developed by Noosphere Ventures equivalent to 2 million hryvnias.

The Vernadsky Challenge is the brain child of Noosphere Ventures’ founder Max Polyakov and Google Ukraine’s Director Dmitry Sholomko.

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The experts of the Vernadsky Challenge have vast experience in business start-ups and business leadership.
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Finalists

  • Cubomania
    "Cubomania"
    "Cubomania"
    Description

    "Cubomania" developed a universal design for children cubes/bricks. Cube side panels are to be replaced with LED screens, which can broadcast different educational and entreating video content pre-downloaded via web interface. To make the learning process even more engaging for kids, cubes can be also equipped with other interactive elements like toggle switches, joysticks, web-cams etc.

    Category
    • Gaming platforms
    Team
    • Maxim Musienko
    • Jaroslav Kraynyk
    • Yevgeny Davidenko
    • Boris Saltovsky
    • Alexey Denisov
    • Alexandra Koretskaya
    • Alexander Chernyak
    • Boris Saltan
    • Leonid Nord
  • Cardiomo Family
    Cardiomo Family
    Cardiomo Family
    Description

    Cardiomo is a small device designed for constant health monitoring. The device captures the main vital signs such as: EKG/ECG and heart rate, breathing rate and skin temperature; and most importantly it can track for abnormalities. If any, Canrdiomo can alert not only the device holder, but also family members. The product can recognize and alert up to 40 diseases including heart attack and stroke.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Ksenia Belkina
    • Roman Belkin
  • CloviFi
    CloviFi
    CloviFi
    Description

    CloviFi's Wi-Fi Audio Transmitter is a device that connects to any TV or any other audio source and transmits audio stream via WI-Fi. In such audio stream can be played using a smartphone and headphones plugged-in, so users will be control personal acoustic levels without disturbing anyone nearby.

    Category
    • Gaming platforms
    Team
    • Vitaliy Mahidov
    • Cory Heward
    • Andrzej Forys
  • Raccoon.world
    Raccoon.world
    Raccoon.world
    Description

    Raccoon.world develops gadgets to reproduce fine motor skills and tactile perception of human hands. Raccoon Сlip is a hand palm gadget designed for operating VR hands and manipulating VR objects. Raccoon Glove is a glove that enables to transfer fine motor skills to VR hands or remote robo–hands. Raccoon Full Glove is a glove that also enables to “feel” the contour of VR or remote objects.

    Category
    • Robotics
    Team
    • Svitlana Malovana
    • Oleksii Radovichenko
    • Vitaly Tolkachov
    • Alexander Chernehov
    • Vladimir Churilov
  • HeartIn
    HeartIn portable electrocardiograph and smart T-shirt
    HeartIn portable electrocardiograph and smart T-shirt
    Description

    HeartIn offers a full-featured service for heart health monitoring with its own line of devices, applications, cloud storage and consultations. With HeartIn portable electrocardiograph, smart T-shirt or bracelet, holder of such a device and easily have cardio diagnostics "on the fly" and receive a consultation.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Andriy Hryschenko
    • Alex Vinogradov
    • Dmytro Fedkov
  • System to launch satellites into low Earth orbit
    System to launch satellites into low Earth orbit
    System to launch satellites into low Earth orbit
    Description

    A simplified system to launch satellites (up to 10 kg) into low Earth orbit without a necessity of a conventional rocket launch at a spaceport. The system consists of a platform (copter + aerostat) and a rocket. The platform lifts the rocket for launch to an altitude of over 30 km and returns to Earth.

    Category
    • Space technologies
    Team
    • Dmytro Khmara
    • Roman Yuhimets
    • Alexander Lozinskyi
    • Yuri Krupitskyi
    • Andriy Dankovych
    • Victor Sumaryev
  • Tactical complex for stop critical bleeding
    Tactical complex for stop critical bleeding
    Tactical complex for stop critical bleeding
    Description

    "Laska" is a universal military uniform design that helps prevent critical bleeding. The uniform is equipped with hemostatic tourniquets "Udav" and can stop critical bleeding of a soldier within 20 sec.

    Category
    • Medical and military equipment
    Team
    • Roman Sapalov
    • Svetlana Dolyak
    • Svetlana Semenova
    • Sergey Vishnevsky
    • Tatiana Kononenko
    • Vyacheslav Zhonnik
  • eCozy Smart Heating Solution
    eCozy Smart Heating Solution
    eCozy Smart Heating Solution
    Description

    eCozy Smart Heating Solution is an AI-integrated water heating control system. The system is compatible with current Smart-Houses solutions and can help save up to 30% of energy consumption.

    Category
    • Alternative energetics
    Team
    • Andrey Kholodov
    • Anton Varavyn
    • Alexander Vasilyev
    • Alexander Drobynyn
    • Alexander Fateev
  • MUSIC-Med
    MUSIC-Med
    MUSIC-Med
    Description

    MUSIC-Med is a ultrasonic surgical toolkit that is equipped with a disinfectant injection and antiseptic system.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Konstantin Basilo
    • Vasily Zaika
    • Yulia Bondarenko
    • Leonid Fedoruk
    • Julia Petrushko
  • Manufacturing of individual surgical implants using biocompatible polymeric materials
    Manufacturing of individual surgical implants using biocompatible polymeric materials
    Manufacturing of individual surgical implants using biocompatible polymeric materials
    Description

    The project stands for the development and improving the manufacturing process of individual surgical implants made of biocompatible polymeric materials. In particular, several 3-D printing approaches like FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) or SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) are be tested, in order to improve the production of implants of complex shape.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Maxim Rud
    • Oleg Pohil
    • Arkady Grigoryan
  • TechNovator XE
    TechNovator XE: remote wireless charging
    TechNovator XE: remote wireless charging
    Description

    TechNovator system consists of a charge station, several smartphone cases and an application, allowing users to manage and control the charger. The team is developing two systems: for the residential use (capable to charge up to 4 devices over a distance up to 5m) and for offices (capable to charge up to 8 devices over a distance up to 10m).

    Category
    • Robotics
    Team
    • Leshek Savytsky, CEO
    • Ivan Chuba, CTO/Head of R&D
    • Igor Lyhovoy, COO
    • Vladislav Samchenko, engineer
    • Ruslana Dovzhyk, HR/Communications manager
  • Hideеz Band
    Hideеz Band: digital key
    Hideеz Band: digital key
    Description

    The device is designed to ease the managing and storing of personal passwords, credentials, digital signatures, etc. Hideez could be used as a personal information security manager, as well as a corporate system to manage a vast array of devices. The invention provides reliable and safe way to protect sensitive information, which includes such cutting edge technologies as eyeprint identification.

    Category
    • Software for financial and engineering services management
    Team
    • Oleg Naumenko, Co-founder/CVO
    • Andriy Konkov, Co-founder/CCO
    • Denis Zalizniak, Co-founder/CTO
    • Dmytro Miroshnichenko, electronics engineer
    • Oleg Davydov, Product Management/Marketing
  • CБіотон
    Bioton: device for cardiovascular deseases diagnostics
    Bioton: device for cardiovascular deseases diagnostics
    Description

    The device allows to examine arteries’ elasticity and estimate vascular endothelium, as well as to measure arterial tension and pulse rate. Bioton is based on non-invasive diagnostic techniques, and helps diagnose such deaeases as hypertensive disease, atherosclerotic vascular disease, cardiac distress, ischemia, cerebral hemorrhage. Could be used in hospitals and diagnostic centers, as well as for residential use.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Sergiy Pidchenko, Head
    • Konstantin Goryashchenko, design engineer
    • Olexiy Polikarovskih, developer
    • Alla Taranchuk, algorithmic developer
    • Oleksandr Taranchuk, microcontroller developer
    • Sergiy Lavrinuk, Java developer
  • Термодін
    Termodin: temperature and irradiance remote sensor
    Termodin: temperature and irradiance remote sensor
    Description

    The system allows measuring the level and absolute value of temperature and other indicators in space shuttles, space suits, etc. The measurement is absolutely remote. Termodin could be also used to detect gas burst in mines and pits, establish fire areas while blocking and suppression the fire.

    Category
    • Space technologies
    • Geological exploration – effective environmental management projects
    Team
    • Oleksandr Shayko-Shaykovsky, Head
    • Mykhailo Bilov, electronic designer
    • Valery Kramar, developer
  • Double-mode Embedding Record
    Double-mode Embedding Record: technology to incorporate undetectable images
    Double-mode Embedding Record: technology to incorporate undetectable images
    Description

    The Double-mode technology incorporates undetectable graphic images into digital photos using binary coloured holograms. Holograms, developed by Double-mode technology are resistant to multiplicative and additive damages. They also have cryptographic capabilities.

    Category
    • Data processing, storage and transmission systems
    Team
    • Yuriy Bilogorodsky, Head
    • Aram Shyrinian, Co-Head, R&D, design, testing, marketing
    • Sergiy Zasiadko, software engineering, expert evaluation
    • Olena Zemka, software engineering, expert evaluation
  • Alpha World
    Alpha World: geographic information management system
    Alpha World: geographic information management system
    Description

    The PaaS platform to manage geographic information in a three dimensional space. Alpha World could be used in telecommunications, as well as to control small unmanned aerial vehicle or electronic local governance systems. Alpha World could also be used as a basis to develop identification systems of the next generation «3D Point Cloud» (identificating and recording of communication networks, safety systems creating, etc).

    Category
    • Software for financial and engineering services management
    Team
    • Roman Samchuk, CEO
    • Oleksandr Gats, Business Development
    • Stanislav Novokhatko, Sales
    • Olexiy Mikhniak, CTO
  • #GatewayGhost
    #GatewayGhost: solution to protect data processing centres
    #GatewayGhost: solution to protect data processing centres
    Description

    #GatewayGhost is a hardware-software solution to provide security for biometric and personal data processing centres. The “modus operandi” of #GatewayGhost is data buffering and data link switching. Therefore, the external and internal environments have no direct connections which eliminates the risk of cyber attack. The solution could be used by law and financial institutions.

    Category
    • Military equipment
    • Data processing, storage and transmission systems
    Team
    • Taras Hryshchenko, Founder
    • Alen Mospan, CTO
  • Wider
    Wider: mobile multivision system
    Wider: mobile multivision system
    Description

    The all-in-one solution including portable panoramic screen, game console, Hi-Fi stereo, projection-type display, UPS. Al these systems are integrated into monoblock using special construction and a screen. Wider is mobile and can be easily transported, which makes it competitive with less mobile systems, as LCD/plasma screens.

    Category
    • Other
    Team
    • Anton Galiashynsky, Founder
    • Denis Zakharov, CTO
    • Sergiy Kurasov, engineer
    • Oleksandr Tulko, CFO
  • Ловець Вітру
    Wind Catcher: wind-powered generator
    Wind Catcher: wind-powered generator
    Description

    The wind-power station, developed to produce electricity under low wind speed conditions (lower than 7 meters per second). The Wind Catcher is equipped with a special wing shape allowing catching wind currents of a lowest speed. It also has a two-phase induction generator, which generates power according to engine rotational rate.

    Category
    • Alternative energetics
    Team
    • Viktor Lopukhov, Head, inventor
    • Dmytro Ivlev, inventor
    • Andriy Chornozub, electronics engineer
    • Valentina Shevchuk, economist
  • Сонце доступне для всіх
    "Fre-for-all Sun": solar power plant
    "Fre-for-all Sun": solar power plant
    Description

    The team develops solar collectors using own proper technology “Cheap Sol”. These solar collectors are aimed to produce economy power for schools and prescholl facilities. “Free-for-all Sun” station produces heat equivalent to 15-18 thousands cubiс metres of gas per annum. The station’s distinguishing features are ease of installation and operation, as well as inexpensive expendable materials.

    Category
    • Alternative energetics
    Team
    • Roman Stoyka, Head
    • Sergiy Yurko, inventor
    • Andriy Legeza, consultant
  • Sit&Fit
    Sit&Fit: under-desk stepper trainer
    Sit&Fit: under-desk stepper trainer
    Description

    Sit&Fit is created to resolve the problem of engaging in a physical activity during sedentary type of work. This is an under-desk trainer, which could produce up to 120 Watt, and thus, charge a laptop or a mobile phone. The trainer uses linear motion of foot pedals, which allows avoiding knee joint supertension. As a result, Sit&Fit could be even used in medical rehabilitation.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    • Alternative energetics
    Team
    • Andriy Nikishaev, CEO
    • Denis Krutko, CTO
    • Olexiy Gnatienko, COO
    • Svitlana Onishchenko, Designer
  • Flawless App
    Flawless App: app for real-time comparison of expected and implemented design
    Flawless App: app for real-time comparison of expected and implemented design
    Description

    Flawless App helps mobile design teams easily spot visual differences between design and implementation right inside iOS simulator. The overall goal of the project is to reduce time and money spendings.

    Category
    • Other
    Team
    • Ahmed Suleiman, Co-founder, CEO/CTO
    • Liza Dziuba, Co-founder, Marketing/Biz Dev
    • Volodymyr Kurbatov, UI/UX designer
    • Maxym Khartanovych, Senior Back-end Developer
    • Mykola Koval, Middle Front-end Developer
  • AVISION robotics
    AVISION Robotics: Management and control system for drones
    AVISION Robotics: Management and control system for drones
    Description

    An integrated system providing safe navigation and management of unmanned vehicles. AVISION Robotics includes an intelligent software system to manage a fleet of drones that provides route calculation and indicators for any number of devices. It also includes hardware to enhance drone security and help avoid collisions with static and dynamic obstacles while assisting with safe landings.

    Category
    • Transport management systems
    Team
    • Olexander Mozolyuk, СОО
    • Vitaly Baranovsky, VP PMO
    • Stanislav Mozolyuk, CEO BizDev
    • Dmytro Jaworski, CTO Architecture
  • Araned
    Araned: Interactive 3-D models for medical education
    Araned: Interactive 3-D models for medical education
    Description

    Models for medical education that will solve current problems associated with studying anatomy and in surgery, trauma, gynecology and other fields. A 3D model of the body is created by scanning, transferring the image into an electronic atlas and then printing it with a 3D printer. The ARANED system is also integrated with mobile applications that allows simple exploration through blood vessels and nerves through various anatomic structures.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Andrew Maranov, Founder, Networking, Strategy development
    • Vladislav Demin, Mobile developer, Marketing
    • Mikhaylo Mikhaylov, Developer
  • Wound textile with extended disinfection properties
    Wound textile with extended disinfection properties
    Description

    This new gauze constantly releases a variety of disinfectants that extend the usefulness of the material. This not only disinfects the surface of the wound, it also staves off secondary infections. The material is intended to be used for usage in the treatment of emergency trauma, combat situations and general use.

    Category
    • Medical equipment
    Team
    • Dmytro Stepansky, microbiological testing of materia
    • Volodymir Toropin, chemical and physico-chemical analysis of the material
    • Bogdan Murashevich, process optimization and synthesis of source material
    • Nina Nichik, marketing, organizational issues
  • Braille Pad
    Braille Pad: Tablet using Braille language
    Braille Pad: Tablet using Braille language
    Description

    A tactile device for the visually impaired using Braille. Using new technology, the device transforms an ordinary Web page into Braille language and shows the information on a tactile display. It allows people with visual impairments to surf the Internet, visit different sites to communicate and read online books. The feature of the tablet is a multi-use keyboard, which significantly facilitates the reading of texts.

    Category
    • Data processing storage and transmission systems
    Team
    • Rashid Aliyev, Founder/CEO
    • Narmin Aliyeva, CMO
    • Hussein Kyulamov, Designer
  • Automated remote military conflict control system
    Automated remote military conflict control system
    Description

    A compact automated video surveillance system for use in conflict zone or patrolling. The system will work in daytime or nighttime conditions. At the heart of the concept is the creation of special tools from the objects of civilian use. The system is designed to monitor enemy movement, identify targets and provide operation intelligence with minimal risk to military personnel.

    Category
    • Military equipment
    Team
    • Anton Varavin, Project Expert
    • Igor Kulakevich, Engineer prototyping
    • Olexander Vasilyev, Junior Project Expert
    • Mikhaylo Stumbra, Project Assistant
  • ScanFood: Food structure scanner
    ScanFood: Food structure scanner
    Description

    An application for smartphones and tablets, which will help identify hazardous chemicals, allergens and additives found in food. The system includes a cross-platform application, which scans the barcode of a product, identifies harmful additives and their effects on the human body, as well as a website with the description of food products (database includes over 2,000 products), statistics, shops and customer reviews.

    Category
    • IT
    Team
    • Sergiy Zorya, Project Manager
    • Danylo Iskhakov, UI / UX designer
    • Henry Korenyuzhenko, iOS / Android developer
    • Nikolai Kovalenko, marketing, SMM
  • Helio-aero-pressure electric system
    Helio-aero-pressure electric system
    Description

    Engineering system for converting solar and wind energy into electrical energy. The technology is based on a combination of solar and wind energy, and includes a cover that accumulates energy from renewable resources and a chimney and turbine generator unit for the production of clean energy. The device can be used to generate energy for local use.

    Category
    • Alternative energetics
    Team
    • Volodymir Kostygin, Engineer technologist/Founder
    • Anatoly Kislukhin, Marketing Manager
  • Hoody Messenger: Cross-platform messenger
    Hoody Messenger: Cross-platform messenger
    Description

    A modern cross-platform messenger that can build and use a decentralized network without access to a global network. The technology is based on Mesh topology. Hoody Messenger supports encryption of text messages and images and video for instant transmission without a web connection. It is intended for both commercial and non-commercial use.

    Category
    • IT
    Team
    • Olexander Gradovsky, Front-end developer, designer, systems analyst
    • Olexander Voyuev, Back-end developer
    • Olexander Mnogosmyslov, Back-end developer
    • Denis Shevtsov, Android developer
    • Julia Stefan, Quality Assurance
  • Tap4Parking: interactive map of parking
    Tap4Parking: interactive map of parking
    Description

    An interactive map of parking in Ukraine and Europe with indoor navigation. The easy-to-use app helps you to find, book and pay for parking online. Tap4Parking includes a hardware device with ultrasonic and electromagnetic sensors and cameras with integrated blocks for counting and identifying cars, as well as the intelligent software system that analyzes the information in real time.

    Category
    • IT
    Team
    • Igor Shapataev, CEO/Co-Founder
    • Maxуm Vishnivetsky, Strategy & Finances
    • Ernest Klimenko, BizDev
    • Anna Balatskaya, PR & Marketing
  • Gas sensor using multisensor oxid-metallic systems
    Gas sensor using multisensor oxid-metallic systems
    Description

    A cross functional gas sensor that can detect and measure the content of various gases in the air via a microcontroller system. Each gas-sensitive material has certain characteristics when interacting with different gases at various temperatures. The system processes data from each sections with different materials, providing high sensitivity and accurate identification of any gases.

    Category
    • Robotics
    • New materials in metallurgy and electronics
    Team
    • Olexander Lyashkov, Process Engineer
    • Oleg Khmelenko, Electrical engineer
    • Olexander Tonkoshkurov, Research Analyst
  • SensorFoot
    SensorFoot: Adaptive device for computer use
    SensorFoot: Adaptive device for computer use
    Description

    A compact device that uses arm and leg actuators to allow people with temporary or permanent disabilities to use a computer. The USB model of the leg manipulator is a touch panel with physical keys placed along the perimeter that will allow people with disabilities to fully use normal computer equipment.

    Category
    • Other
    Team
    • Anna Trofimenko, Project Manager
    • Irina Sorokina, Marketing
    • Nazar Gulida, Designer
    • Mahmoud Gerbie, Developer
  • ДонорUA
    DonorUA: Ukrainian blood donor registry
    DonorUA: Ukrainian blood donor registry
    Description

    The automated system combines information about blood donors, recipients and Ukrainian medical institutions. DonorUA establishes an instant connection between the recipient and the donor to create a system to match donors in a particular city or region using custom filters and a notification system. Integration with Crystal system provides information about the current needs in a particular center of the blood donation area or for any city.

    Category
    • IT
    Team
    • Irina Slavinskaya, Founder, Marketing, Networking
    • Olexander Krakovetskiy, Co-Founder, Developer
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