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Embassy
HTP
USAID

March 15 - 19 2021

CONNECT.KG Discover the Next IT Hub of Central Asia

Connect.KG is fully online conference that will bring together local and international IT startups, digital businesses, and IT industry specialists. Featuring over 40 local Kyrgyz IT companies!

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  • Virtual Product/Service Exhibition
  • B2B networking
  • Industry Expert Presentations

Supporting Organizations

Kssda British Embassy US Kyrgyzstan Business Council EU ICT Am Cham Kyrgyz Republic Japan Embassy Peak Uk Aid German Embassy ANK Korea Embassy AUCA UCA CERBA Ololo

Expo exhibition featuring:

IT Education and Remote Learning

Fin-Tech

Digital Tourism

E-governance

E-Commerce

Emerging Technologies in KG

Business solutions

Health and sciences

Program and Speakers

Conference schedule

18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+6)

CONNECT.KG Opening Ceremony

Invitation only

17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Esen Niiazov, Peaksoft

Title: "Zero to One in IT"

Key Topics: Building an IT Business / IT Bootcamps in the United States v Kyrgyz Republic / Leveraging IT technologies for new businesses

Language: English (with simultaneous Russian)

Esen Niiazov
Esen Niiazov Co-founder, CEO of Peaksoft

18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: Business Solutions Session A

Pricer

Timely Soft

EASE

SAP

New Norm

Center of Business and Innovation

19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: IT Education and Remote Learning Solutions

RIPE NCC

TYPO3 Association

Promethean & Handicraft

bit media

FabLab (SIFO)

Lights Creative Group

Japan Style LLC

20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Tilek Mamutov, Outtalent

Title: "The Future of IT in the Kyrgyz Republic"

Key Topics: Impact of COVID-19 on IT development : Challenges and Opportunities in Kyrgyz Republic

Language: English (with simultaneous Russian)

Tilek Mamutov
Tilek Mamutov Co-Founder, CEO of Outtalent

16:40 - 17:00 (GMT+6)

Pre-event Presentation by PEAK Enterprise and Innovation Programme

PEAK’s key goal is to support the development of startups and to stimulate the sustainable growth of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and improve the business advisory services infrastructure.

17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Ouali Benmeziane, WebCongress

Title: "From KG to the World - Through Digital"

Key Topics: Global digital marketing for IT Startups and SMEs / Targeting the U.S. and European markets / Post-Covid digital marketing / Leveraging integration and partnerships with larger platforms

Language: English (with simultaneous Russian)

Pre-Event: PEAK Kyrgyzstan Presentation 16:40-17:00

Language: Russian

Ouali Benmeziane
Ouali Benmeziane Founder, CEO of WebCongress

18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: Fintech

IROKEZ

Spalmalo

Open CBS

Namba One

C-Technology

19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: E-Commerce

Growave

BaiTushumBank

OptimTrade

Glovo

Digital Academy

20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+6)

PANEL DISCUSSION: E-Commerce in the Kyrgyz Republic

Panelists: 

Aman Tentiev (Tech Crunch)

Aikanysh Saparalieva (Glovo)

Murad Wadhwania, (Linkedin) 

Moderator: Aibek Kurenkeev (E-Commerce Association)

Key Topics:

1. Access to Digital payments (domestic and cross-border)

 

2. Creating an eCommerce hub to serve the CA region

 

3. Digital skills for citizens, business, civil servants – opening access to eCommerce platforms for a wider public

Language: Russian (with English simultaneous translation)

Aikanysh Saparalieva
Aikanysh Saparalieva Glovo General Manager, Kyrgyz Republic
Aman Tentiyev
Aman Tentiyev Founder, Managing Partner of "Tech Farm" and "Avanta Capital".
Aibek Kurenkeev
Aibek Kurenkeev Vice President of the Association of E-Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic, Executive Director of the Association of Telecom Operators
Murad Wadhwania
Murad Wadhwania Director, Product Quality, LinkedIn

17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Nikita Ryjih, FitJab

"Developing a Global IT Product"

Key Topics: Global innovation / Startup Development / VC Investment

Language: English (with simultaneous Russian)

Nikita Ryjih
Nikita Ryjih Co-founder, CEO of FitJab

18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: Digital Health, Sciences, Tourism

fortylines.io

3D Kyrgyzstan

Siroca

EGIS

Clarity Movement Co.

19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: Business Solutions Session B

SeeRem

Mad Devs

Trixcode

Vergent Tehnologies

Yorc

C-COM Satellite Systems Inc

Reviro

20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Lily Liu, Piñata

Title: "Using technology for good. Building social enterprises powered by tech, from the ground up."

Key Topics: Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship / Public solutions

Lily Liu
Lily Liu Social Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of Piñata

09:00 - 10:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Uluk Osmonov, OSCE and Blockchain Network of Central Asia

Title: "Creating legal frameworks for venture capital and financing startups in the Kyrgyz Republic"

Key topics: Legislative reform / investment promotion / IT development

Language: Russian (with simultaneous English)

Uluk Osmonov
Uluk Osmonov Senior Policy Adviser, FGI Expert

16:30 - 17:15 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Sergei Butenko, Dell Technologies

Title: "E-governance and Digital Transformation"

Language: English with Russian (simultaneous)

Sergei Butenko
Sergei Butenko Head of Storage, Platforms, and Solutions Division for Dell Technologies, North-Eastern Europe

17:15 - 18:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Caroline Mulligan, Amazon Web Services

Title: "Unlocking the Power of Open Source in Government"

Key Topic: Public sector transformation / technical demo of AWS Open Government Solutions

Caroline Mulligan
Caroline Mulligan Senior Manager for Government Transformation, AWS

18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+6)

EXPO: Emerging Technologies in KG

Ulut Soft

Codify

Mad Aliens

Put in byte

Montenegrin IT Cluster

iERP.ai

19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+6)

SPEAKER: Aurora Li, Facebook

"Facebook for Kyrgyz Republic: How to Put Your Brand on the Global Map"

Aurora Li
Aurora Li Partner Manager for Public Policy, Facebook (Greater China and Central Asia)

Featured speakers

About HTP

High technology park of the kyrgyz republic

High Technology Park is a government organization and a key tech player building an innovation ecosystem in the Kyrgyz Republic.

HTP shapes the IT industry in Kyrgyzstan and strongly supports tech businesses by providing tax benefits to companies and entrepreneurs both local and foreign. The organization welcomes international partners in order to foster an export-oriented economy and actively engage with the global tech community.

In 2019, residents of the High Technology Park generated more than $14 million, a 65% increase from 2018. 84% of the total production was created for export. Exports to the US alone grew 25% in the last quarter over the previous year. By 2024, HTP is anticipated to generate $200 million in annual aggregate revenue and up to 10,000 domestic IT-related jobs.

On the national level, HTP runs incubation programs for tech startups, educational initiatives to increase enrollment in IT programs and improve online learning, and various events to create opportunities for industry professionals and cultivate tech culture among the youth of the Kyrgyz Republic

High Technology Park strives for global growth and a vibrant, sustainable tech ecosystem built with the great talents of Kyrgyz professionals.

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Connect.KG

HTP

Discover the Next IT Hub of Central Asia

The Kyrgyz Republic has become an emerging outsourcing market for international tech startups and SMEs seeking business processing and IT services, due to its zero percent tax regime, low overhead costs, and skilled local IT workforce.

There is an increasing demand for collaboration and a spike of interest in the tech gem of Central Asia. Connect.KG will be the first international IT expo in Kyrgyzstan set to help in understanding the peculiarities and the possibilities of its tech market.

Decision

Meet and Interact with the Key Industry Players

Emerge yourself into a new exciting tech environment. IT experts, business leaders, entrepreneurs, sales executives, investors, marketers, and interested observers will all benefit from being a part of Connect.KG.

Visitors will get a chance to connect with the leading IT companies, organizations, and professionals in Kyrgyzstan. Explore services and solutions to achieve your tech-driven objectives.

Startup

Expand your market

Access a new exciting workforce market to scale your business with ease or create your own tech startup/product efficiently. Learn the benefits of launching a branch in Kyrgyzstan and start your business journey in the next hub of Central Asia.

Mentor

Make an Impact

Get to know Kyrgyzstan and make an impact through investment opportunities in tech startups, innovative infrastructures, IT education institutions, or through mentorship and consulting. Connect.KG will help you navigate the ecosystem and the ways you become a part of it.

Market-it

Real Insights - Not Sales Pitches

Connect.KG is both a business and an informative event. Allow yourself to get to know the market beyond the sales pitches and into transparent and raw insights into Kyrgyzstan’s tech ecosystem

Meeting

Offer Your Solutions

Foreign companies and organizations are encouraged to participate in showcasing their tech solutions, services, and ideas. The IT industry in Kyrgyzstan is only starting to bloom and has a vast space for tech opportunities. Be one of the firsts to enter the region and create the vision of the future.

Free

No Visitor or Travel Fees

This virtual event is at no cost to you. You’ll be introduced to a wealth of information without the hassle of traveling and expenses on tickets, and passes. Safe, effective, time and energy saving. Welcome to Connect.KG!

Why Kyrgyzstan

Why Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Republic’s emerging ICT sector is poised to be a major economic driver to power modernization and regional development, offering significant investment and trade opportunities in the “Virtual Silk Road”.

While the country has lagged behind its regional neighbors in ICT access and digital infrastructure development, the IT sector of Kyrgyzstan is one of the fastest growing and promising industries in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In the last six years, the Kyrgyz Republic has risen in the rankings of the Global Innovation Index from 117 th (2013) to 94 th (2020) among 131 countries. This year, Kyrgyzstan has advanced by three rankings in Innovation Output.

Opportunities

Under the digital transformation roadmap, the Kyrgyz government is targeting ICT modernization of customs and logistics centers, healthcare service centers, educational institutions, and transport hubs.

Prospects for U.S. companies include: broadband internet access technologies, consumer electronics, educational software, fintech and banking services, analytical software, hardware, cyber security solutions and legal and financial services.

The country is also an emerging outsource market for international tech startups and companies seeking business solutions and automatization of their services, due to its 0% tax regime, low overhead costs, and highly skilled local IT workforce.

For more information about doing business in the Kyrgyz Republic, please visit:

Legislation

The legislation provides repatriation of investments, property, and information out of Kyrgyz Republic, guarantees of protection against investment expropriation and reimbursement of losses incurred by investors, guarantees of income use and freedom of monetary transactions, and others.

Existing laws for investor protection are:

  • The Law "On Investments in the Kyrgyz Republic"
  • The Law "On Investment Funds"
  • The Law “On Legal Protection of Computer and Database Software”

Foreign Direct Investment into the ICT sector

The cost of hiring IT-specialists in Kyrgyzstan

Participants

Participants of the conference

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