Smart Energy Forum: ensuring energy security and sustainability

The Lviv Business School's programs MSc in Technology ManagementGreencubator and GreenByBlue have the pleasure of announcing the first-ever Smart Energy Forum: Ukraine. The Forum includes a one-day forum (16 May) and a two-day Smart Energy Hackathon (17-18 May).

Can green start-ups help combat climate change and energy dictatorship? Can we crowd-source a sustainable energy policy for Eastern European countries and cities? Are there new technologies to free us from the grip of fossil fuels?

Recent events have demonstrated the fragility of Europe’s energy supply model. Ukraine’s is more fragile still. Is there a model that can ensure the security of energy supply whilst ensuring economic and environment sustainability?

A one-day conference will explore the potential of a green economy and smart energy innovations to ensure both energy security and sustainability. Forum experts will explore the latest developments regarding sustainable economic and energy models, technologies and R&D projects, policies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production, and how the energy and IT sector converge for achieving tangible results with small investments.

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Blake Burris: Founder & Chief Hacktivist at the Cleanweb Initiative
  • He is one of the leading minds in hackathons and the creation of grassroots technology communities. He was one of the first podcasters, promoters of the unconference movement, FacebookDevGarages and a founding member of iPhoneDevCamp. Since 2006, Blake has organized a multitude of startup and developer-oriented events and built a global network of Cleanweb communities, startups and entrepreneurs spanning 22 countries.

  • Yoram Krozer: University of Twente , Netherlands and Sustainable Innovations Academy Foundation
  • Yoram Krozer focuses on the innovations for common goods such as water, energy, nature, arts and regional development. His work with several trailblazing businesses in Europe is reflected in more than thirty publications and a book Innovations and the Environment.


  • Dmytro Shymkiv: CEO Microsoft Ukraine
  • Dmitry Shymkiv has 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry across Ukraine, Europe and the US. Since 2009, he led Microsoft Ukraine to becoming Microsoft’s top-performing subsidiary in 2011. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Shymkiv ran a software development startup and later served as head of R&D and director in Central and Eastern Europe for a global IT company. Mr. Shymkiv holds a degree in information technology from Lviv State University “Lvivska Politechnica.” He serves on several NGO boards, including the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.

  • Katharina Habersbrunner: Climate & Energy, WECF Germany (TBC)
    Katharina Habersbrunner is the Renewable Energy Manager at Women in Europe for a Common Future in Munich. She has direct experience in implementing renewable energy projects, including from a financing and public participation perspectives. She has worked on public solar power plants in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. She also on the management board member of an energy cooperative in Bavaria, Germany.

  • Nataliya Shulga: Ukraine Science Club
  • Dr. Natalia Shulga, PhD, biologist, for 13 years was engaged in scientific research in the University of Rochester (USA). In 2005 she returned to Ukraine to develop the reform of science and education. At the moment, Mrs. Shulga is the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Science Club

The international speakers are not only in Ukraine to share experiences, but they are seeking Ukrainian partners to drive the Smart Energy revolution forward in Ukraine and world-wide. 

Discussion Panels:

  • Green-economy models: a chance for prosperity and security?
  • Investing in smart energy technologies: from seed funding to project implementation
  • Smart energy opportunities for IT sector

Hackathon Challenge:
Teams will be challenged to сreate solutions to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use the City of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine’s greenest campus. Successful teams could see their solutions rolled-out Ukraine-wide and internationally.

A two-day Hackathon will take place after the conference in the coworking betaplace. It will be dedicated to the green energy solutions. It will challenge teams to сreate sustainable business models, develop cleantech prototypes and Internet, mobile and social apps for boosting energy efficiency and implementing renewable energy. Municipal and campus-focused projects will target the City of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine’s greenest campus. Successful teams could see their solutions rolled-out Ukraine-wide and internationally.

esults of participation in Hackathon:
1) experience in IT and business cooperation to create a new product 
2) the creation of a new product, its concept, roadmap and output plan, market and commercialize 
3) prototyping and pitching the project

More information about Hackathon

Special Hackathon prizes
City of Lviv Energy Challenge:

  • 1st Prize: 20.000 UAH
  • 2nd Prize: 12.000 UAH
  • 3rd Prize: 8.000 UAH 
    BizSpark program

Educational sponsor (Bionic Hill University) prizes:

  • 5.000 UAH
  • scholarships for each member of the winning team for any course at Bionic Hill University

Lviv Business School special educational prize:

Forum: 16 May. Venue: Conference Hall: new academic building of UCU, Kozelnytska 2a str., Lviv, Ukraine
Hackathon: 17-18 May. Venue: Betaplace, Oleny Stepanivny 49 str., Lviv, Ukraine

Conference + Hackathon - 850 UAH
Conference Only - 700 UAH                  
Hackathon Only - 350 UAH           
How to buy: online-ticket

For more information please contact:
Dzvinka Zavaliy, +380983503556
Anastasiya Hirnyak, +380676731876



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