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Ideation Session #1

The first event from the Ideation Sessions series in the framework of Hackathon Travel & Tourism, took place in the coffee house Traveler’s Coffee and gathered over 60 stakeholders.

Ideation Session is an introductory event for an open discussion of the acute tourism issues in the Kyrgyz Republic.

For the majority of participants, the Ideation Session # 1 event became a platform for new acquaintances and knowledge, where together experts discussed the current situation of tourism in Kyrgyzstan, received valuable information from leading experts and learned how the brainstorm in the Silicon Valley is taking place.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the share of tourism in GDP is about 4.5%, while experts estimate that the potential is realized by no more than 15%. The total amount of taxes from tourism reached 550 million soms. When realizing the potential of the tourism industry, the employment rate in this sector can grow from 95 thousand people to half a million. The state takes significant steps to attract an international audience to the country. So over the past two years, two large-scale events, “World Games of the Nomads”, were held, which attracted the attention of the world’s media. According to the latest ratings over the past year, Kyrgyzstan has entered the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.

Technologies in travel became an indispensable part, opened new opportunities, made new and more accessible new destinations. Every traveler reviews reviews on tripadvisor.com, can for seats in hotels and private offers on airbnb.com, chooses tours and tours on kayak and other tourist applications, reads reviews of places on Yelp, uses various applications with GPS to capture their routes , Photographs, shoots on video and share with others in social networks.

Despite the growth of tourism in Kyrgyzstan, there is a shortage of digital products, applications, web services, start-ups that would help market participants and tourists maximize the benefits of the tourist flow to the country.

For more effective development of the tourism industry, the KG Labs public foundation organized a hackathon.

Hackaton is a 24-54 hour programming marathon designed to bring together talented programmers, designers and industry professionals to develop innovative new applications focused on the development of tourism, using the web and mobile APIs. Hakaton products are designed to improve the tourism industry, as well as to offer working projects for industry participants.

Within the framework of this project, the KG Labs Foundation held a series of Ideation Session seminars.

Participants were able to get a complete picture of the current situation in travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan, personally get acquainted with experts and experts in these fields and discuss the current problems of the tourist business.

Speakers of the event:

Marat Danilov, executive director of the NGO “Union of Pedestrian Tourism of Kyrgyzstan” will talk about problems, lack of appropriate advertising to attract tourists and the development of domestic tourism. And the speaker will share his impressions of the most interesting trips and trips of the Union.

Nurbek Saparov, executive director of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO), about the importance of bills on visa-free travel for attracting more tourists and, in general, the role of the state in creating infrastructure in the tourism industry.

Razhiev Asylbek, Executive Director of the Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association, will talk about the peculiarities and potential of the tourism sector of our country, the role of families involved in ecotourism and how this practice in turn allows income for the inhabitants of the countryside and mountain areas and also the preservation of local culture And ecology.


Aziz Soltobaev, the head of the KG Labs Public Foundation, an expert in the field of technology projects and moderator of this meeting to share his knowledge about the existing in Kyrgyzstan technological projects in the field of travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

Ideation Session #2 announcement

Being at the right time in the right place and with the right people is not a matter of luck, but the professional skill of every successful person. How to become a “person with connections” and effectively build your network? How to be remembered by a potential investor in one minute and interest your startup? Then you should definitely visit our second event, Ideation Session # 2, which will be held on November 18 at the coffee shop Sierra Tash-Rabat.

The first event from the Ideation Sessions series in the framework of Hackathon Travel & Tourism took place in the coffee shop of Traveler’s Coffee last week and gathered over 60 stakeholders. The hackathon itself will be held from 2 to 4 December on the campus of the American University of Central Asia.
For the majority of participants, the Ideation Session # 1 event became a platform for new acquaintances and knowledge, where together experts discussed the current situation of tourism in Kyrgyzstan, received valuable information from leading experts and learned how the brainstorm in the Silicon Valley is taking place.

This time we will focus on the important factor of success for every entrepreneur and project, which is “networking”. Networking is the ability to create your own business network and receive important information from it – new ideas, necessary resources and business opportunities. The important thing is not who you know, but how many people know you.
A number of experts and professionals will share the event with their practical knowledge and unexpected discoveries from the world of “networking”. The invited speakers will speak on the topics related to the main trends and trends in the development of the hospitality industry. And also share information that can not be found on free channels and popular sites. This is their own experience, which has been developed over the years and which they will share only with you.

As part of the speakers:
Azamat Zhamankulov – Director of the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan.

Meder Tilekmatov – Chairman of the Association of Resorts of Kyrgyzstan will share his invaluable experience in the field of hospitality.

Alex Johnson – Volunteer of the Tourist Union of Kyrgyzstan. A person who knows about the tourism industry of Kyrgyzstan and its features is better than anyone else. Having worked with many travel agencies, Alex made unexpected and important conclusions for himself, which he will share with you at the meeting.

Fabien Seloss, travel specialist at Nomad’s Land.

At the event you will find concrete advice and recommendations, a society of future and current entrepreneurs, interesting classes and new, promising acquaintances.
The moderators of this event will be Diana Durusbek Kyzy and Anatoly Fedorenko, organizers of “Hackathon Travel & Tourism”.

Techwomen Alumni Talk Kyrgyzstan

Dear Friends,

We are happy to invite you to TechWomen Alumni Talk, where participants of this TechWomen program from Kyrgyz Republic will share their experience of work & life in Silicon Valley, cultural insights and tips for future participants.

Alumni of this program had a chance to work in such companies as Symantec, Adobe, Twitter, Autodesk, etc. Now they work in STEM related industries. This is first event in Bishkek that unites women from STEM related industries.

TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

You are welcome to attend this event.

Organizer of event: KG Labs Public Foundation

For more information please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/221820754913548/

Ideation Session #1 announcement

As part of the Travel & Tourism hackaton, KG Labs Public Foundation conducts a series of seminars for potential hackathon participants, where they can learn about current problems and challenges of the tourism industry, bottlenecks that need attention. As a result of these seminars, we expect that participants will be able to generate potential ideas / projects that they could implement on the hakaton.

In this connection, KG Labs Public Foundation is pleased to invite you to the first of four Ideation Session seminars where you can get a complete picture of the current situation in travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan, get acquainted personally with experts and experts in these fields with whom you can discuss current problems tourist business.

The program includes speeches by well-known specialists of the tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan. The following speakers will share their experience in travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan, will tell you how to become a professional in this field and answer your questions:

Marat Danilov, executive director of the NGO “Union of Pedestrian Tourism of Kyrgyzstan” will talk about problems, lack of appropriate advertising to attract tourists and the development of domestic tourism. And the speaker will share his impressions of the most interesting trips and trips of the Union.

Nurbek Saparov, executive director of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO), about the importance of bills on visa-free travel for attracting more tourists and, in general, the role of the state in creating infrastructure in the tourism industry.

Razhiev Asylbek, Executive Director of the Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association, will talk about the peculiarities and potential of the tourism sector of our country, the role of families involved in ecotourism and how this practice in turn allows income for the inhabitants of the countryside and mountain areas and also the preservation of local culture and ecology.

Aziz Soltobaev, the head of the KG Labs Public Foundation, an expert in the field of technology projects and moderator of this meeting to share his knowledge about the existing in Kyrgyzstan technological projects in the field of travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

Time and place: November 11, 18:30 at Traveler’s Coffee (Address: Baitik Baatyr 70 (between Mederov and Gorky). Admission is free, registration on the spot.

The organizers of the event are the KG Labs Public Foundation, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; American University of Central Asia, the leading innovation university in Central Asia. The partners of the project are the Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

We ask participants of the event to come in advance. Limited number of seats. Journalists are asked to pass the accreditation in advance by sending a request to Arina Aparina by e-mail. To aparinar@gmail.com until 10 November 2016, 18:00.

For more information, contact Diana Durusbek kyzy, coordinator of the project “Hackathon Travel and Tourism” by email. To the address: dianadurusbekkyzy@gmail.com

Please share these events with others, please use hashtags #Hackathonkg #travelhackkg #techkg #KGLabs #codeyourjourney

Program:

18.30 Registration of speakers and participants
19:00 Moderator’s welcome and presentation of speakers
Theme # 1: Introduction. General situation in the industry
Topic # 2: Current problems in the industry
Topic # 3: Opportunities in the industry
Topic # 4: IT solutions in the industry
19:30 – 20:00 question and answer session
20:00 Training “brainstorming method Silicon Valley”
20:10 Group formation and brainstorming practice
20:30 – 21:00 Networking

This project was funded by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic. The opinions, conclusions and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State.

Startup Tuesday with Maksim Stepanenko about Coinbase, blockchain, AI

On August 9, 2016, KG Labs and Ololohaus coworking space conducted fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko on #StartupTuesday event.

Maksim, MIT graduate, has extensive work experience in Silicon Valley/Alley. He has been developing mesh network projects in at MIT Media Lab, later worked in Google and was one of the first employees of Locu startup. He is currently lives in San Francisco and works as lead developer in Coinbase startup.

Maksim inspired attendants by sharing his story what he was doing living in countryside city Aidarken with almost no access to Internet in order to enroll to MIT.  He also told about what it is like to work in US startups, how to structure work and what makes startups successful.

Maksim and Aziz talked about blockchain, its future, how it will change technological landscape, different industries and where young entrepreneurs could seek new opportunities.

Finally, Maksim shared some tips for attendants to consider to get enrolled to Ivy League School or launch global startup from Kyrgyzstan.

Pictures are courtesy of Pavel Isayenko

Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley
Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley. Pictures are courtesy of Pavel Isayenko 
Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley
Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley
Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley
Guests on fireside chat with Maksim Stepanenko about blockchain, AI, Silicon Valley
StartupTuesday Bishkek Maksim Stepanenko @ololohaus
StartupTuesday Bishkek Maksim Stepanenko @ololohaus
StartupTuesday Bishkek Maksim Stepanenko @ololohaus
StartupTuesday Bishkek Maksim Stepanenko @ololohaus 

Startup Tuesday: Aziz Soltobaev about “Latest global trends in tech startup landscape”

On June 28, 2016 Startup Tuesday will be held in Ololohaus. Guest speaker is Aziz Soltobaev, founder of KG Labs Public Fund, serial entrepreneur. Host of the event: Atai Sadybakassov. Topic of presentation: “Latest global trends in tech startup landscape”. It will be based upon recent reports such as “KPCB Internet trends 2016”, “Gartner’s strategics technlogies for 2016” as well as description of current situation in Kyrgyz Republic with some follow up guidance.

Event program

18:00 – 18:30 “Crash test”, where every participant could pitch his startup idea in three minutes and get feedback from guest speaker Aziz Soltobaev as well as public.
18:30 – 19:30 Presentation of Aziz Soltobaev, Q*A session
19:30 – 20:00 Networking, coffee break

Entrance fee: 200 KGS. For residents of Ololohaus and Ololo Art Studio entrance is free.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/20453863994
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