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The Vernadsky Challenge is an engineering startup contest.

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7 of 10 Vernadsky Challenge winners have taken part in CES and TechCrunch Disrupt, raised capital on Kickstarter and Indiegogo or received grants and investment from other contests and venture funds after their triumphant debut on our stage. 21 of 34 finalists have reached prototyping or manufacturing stage.

Do you have an innovative idea or even a finished project? Show it to our experts. All applications will be evaluated and the most promising solutions are guaranteed to receive the grant funding equivalent to 2 million hryvnias (USD 70 000).

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The space race is in it’s sharpest stage and we definitely want better positions in it. That’s where we need your talent. We are thrilled for space-related projects. Rockets, launch mechanics, satellites, space engineering, AI for aerospace and everything related to getting closer to space is what we need. Feel free to share your ideas and don’t hesitate to apply for Space technologies section of the Vernadsky Challenge.

  • Rockets
  • Launch mechanics
  • Satellites
  • Space engineering
  • . . . Others

We in Noosphere see the purpose of technology in multiplying human abilities. That includes making human body better via technologies. Develop your projects in order to help disabled person to walk again. Сreate a technology for the bodies of people with specific professions. Show your ideas regarding active bioelectronics on the Vernadsky Challenge!

  • Biotechnology
    medicine
  • Prosthesis
    and exoskeletons
  • Medical
    gadgets
  • Medical
    equipment
  • . . . Others
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DeadlinE: November 4, 2018
Experts

The experts of the Vernadsky Challenge have vast experience in business start-ups and business leadership. Only the best teams with the most innovative ideas will get the support and funding to implement their projects!

  • Max Polyakov
  • Jamie Hyneman
  • Jaanika Merilo
  • Dmitry Sholomko
Max Polyakov
Noosphere Ventures. Founder, Chairman. Ph.D., Ph.D., International Economics.

A prosperous entrepreneur, academician, and philanthropist. Max Polyakov is a founder of various companies focused on information technologies, engineering, and space. He is a PhD in the field of International Economics, co-founder of the Noosphere association, and enthusiast of the Volodymyr Vernadsky’s Noosphere concept. Mr. Polyakov is an initiator of the Vernadsky Challenge contest and BestRoboFest tech festival.

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Jamie Hyneman
Engineering Expert The Legendary MythBuster

Jamie Hyneman is a famous special effects expert, a robot designer and the co-host of the MythBusters television series. For 13 years, the series promoted scientific curiosity, critical thinking and experimentation by putting theories to the test. He was also a Vernadsky Challenge 2017 judge.

Jaanika Merilo
Dnipro mayor innovation assistant

Jaanika Merilo has been working in IT since 1996. She was the first woman in the Estonian Business Angels Network (ESTBAN) and UVCA CEO from 2014 to 2016. Jaanika is one of the initiators of iGov and helsi.me projects and member of “the 100 the most powerful women in Ukraine by focus.ua” list. She was also one of the Vernadsky Challenge 2015 judges.

Dmitry Sholomko
Google Ukraine, Country Manager.

Dmitry Sholomko became the Director of Google Ukraine in 2011. His experience can help you find new approaches in product development, designing marketing initiatives, and in planning and selling your business. Supported Vernadsky Challenge and participated as a judge from 2015 to 2017.

Finalists
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  • 2016
  • 2015
Cubomania

Universal design for children dice / bricks

Cubomania/

Category

Gaming platforms
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.

Team
Maxim Musienko, Jaroslav Kraynyk, Yevgeny Davidenko, Boris Saltovsky, Alexey Denisov, Alexandra Koretskaya, Alexander Chernyak, Boris Saltan, Leonid Nord
Cardiomo Family

Small device designed for constant health monitoring

Cardiomo Family/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

Team
Ksenia Belkina, Roman Belkin
CloviFi

Audio Transmitter is a device that transmits audio stream via Wi-Fi

CloviFi/

Category

Gaming platforms
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.

Team
Vitaliy Mahidov, Cory Heward, Andrzej Forys
Raccoon.world

Gadget that reproduce fine motor skills and tactile perception of human hands

"Raccoon.world"/

Category

Robotics
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.

Team
Svitlana Malovana, Oleksii Radovichenko, Vitaly Tolkachov, Alexander Chernehov, Vladimir Churilov
HeartIn

Gadget that reproduce fine motor skills and tactile perception of human hands

HeartIn/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

Team
Andriy Hryschenko, Alex Vinogradov, Dmytro Fedkov
Space Cossacs

System to launch satellites into low Earth orbit

Space Cossacs/

Category

Space technologies
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.

Team
Dmytro Khmara, Roman Yuhimets, Alexander Lozinskyi, Yuri Krupitskyi, Andriy Dankovych, Victor Sumaryev
Laska

Tactical complex for stop critical bleeding

Laska/

Category

Medical and military equipment
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.

Team
Roman Sapalov, Svetlana Dolyak, Svetlana Semenova, Sergey Vishnevsky, Tatiana Kononenko, Vyacheslav Zhonnik
eCozy

Smart Heating Solution

eCozy/

Category

Alternative energetics
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.

Team
Andrey Kholodov, Anton Varavyn, Alexander Vasilyev, Alexander Drobynyn, Alexander Fateev
Music Med

MUSIC-Med

Music Med/

Category

Medical equipment
Description

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

Team
Konstantin Basilo, Vasily Zaika, Yulia Bondarenko, Leonid Fedoruk, Julia Petrushko
MTI

Manufacturing of individual surgical implants using biocompatible polymeric materials

MTI/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

Team
Maxim Rud, Oleg Pohil, Arkady Grigoryan
TechNovator XE
TechNovator XE

Remote wireless charging

TechNovator XE/

Category

Robotics
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).

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/

Category

Software for financial and engineering services management
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.

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/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

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/

Category

Space technologies, Geological exploration – effective environmental management projects
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.

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/

Category

Data processing, storage and transmission systems
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.

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/

Category

Software for financial and engineering services management
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).

Team
Roman Samchuk (CEO), Oleksandr Gat,( Business Development), Stanislav Novokhatko (Sales), Olexiy Mikhniak (CTO)
#GatewayGhost
#GatewayGhost

Solution to protect data processing centres

#GatewayGhost/

Category

Military equipment, Data processing, storage and transmission systems
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.

Team
Taras Hryshchenko (Founder), Alen Mospan (CTO)
Wider
Wider

Mobile multivision system

Wider/

Category

Other
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.

Team
Anton Galiashynsky (Founder), Denis Zakharov (CTO), Sergiy Kurasov (engineer), Oleksandr Tulko (CFO)
Ловець Вітру
Wind Catcher

Wind-powered generator

Wind Catcher/

Category

Alternative energetics
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.

Team
Viktor Lopukhov (Head, inventor), Dmytro Ivlev (inventor), Andriy Chornozub (electronics engineer), Valentina Shevchuk (economist)
Fre-for-all Sun
Free-for-all Sun

Solar power plant

Free-for-all Sun/

Category

Alternative energetics
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.

Team
Roman Stoyka (Head), Sergiy Yurko (inventor), Andriy Legeza (consultant)
Sit&Fit
Sit&Fit

Under-desk stepper trainer

Sit&Fit/

Category

Medical equipment, Alternative energetics
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.

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/

Category

Other
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.

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/

Category

Transport management systems
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.

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/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

Team
Andrew Maranov (Founder, Networking, Strategic development), Vladislav Demin (Mobile developer, Marketing), Mikhaylo Mikhaylov (Developer)
Wound textile

Wound textile with extended disinfection properties

Wound textile with extended disinfection properties/

Category

Medical equipment
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.

Team
Dmytro Stepansky (microbiological testin,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/

Category

Data processing storage and transmission systems
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.

Team
Rashid Aliyev (Founder/CEO), Narmin Aliyeva (CMO), Hussein Kyulamov (Designer)
Automatization

Automated remote military conflict control system

Automated remote military conflict control system/

Category

Military equipment
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.

Team
Anton Varavin (Project Expert), Igor Kulakevich (Engineer prototyping), Olexander Vasilyev (Junior Project Expert), Mikhaylo Stumbra (Project Assistant)
ScanFood

Food structure scanner

ScanFood/

Category

IT
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.

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

Helio-aero-pressure electric system/

Category

Alternative energetics
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.

Team
Volodymir Kostygin (Engineer technolo, Founder), Anatoly Kislukhin (Marketing Manager)
Hoody Messenger

Cross-platform messenger

Hoody Messenger/

Category

IT
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.

Team
Olexander Gradovsky (Front-end develo,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/

Category

IT
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.

Team
Igor Shapataev (CEO/Co-Founder), Maxуm Vishnivetsky (Strategy & Finances), Ernest Klimenko (BizDev), Anna Balatskaya (PR & Marketing)
Gas sensor

Gas sensor using multisensor oxid-metallic systems

Gas sensor/

Category

Robotics, New materials in metallurgy and electronics
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.

Team
Olexander Lyashkov (Process Engineer), Oleg Khmelenko (Electrical engineer), Olexander Tonkoshkurov (Research Analyst)
SensorFoot
SensorFoot

Adaptive device for computer use

SensorFoot/

Category

Other
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.

Team
Anna Trofimenko (Project Manager), Irina Sorokina (Marketing), Nazar Gulida (Designer), Mahmoud Gerbie (Developer)
ДонорUA
DonorUA

Ukrainian blood donor registry

DonorUA/

Category

IT
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.

Team
Irina Slavinskaya (Founder, Marketing, Networking), Olexander Krakovetskiy (Co-Founder, Developer)
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