Only a few years ago, hearing the word “unicorn” made us all imagine the character we know from fairy tales and cartoons. Today, the mythical creature is also associated with successful startup companies, such as Picsart and ServiceTitan.
With the right choices in education, Armenia can build an IT community capable of creating its own secure and reliable systems, which will be beneficial from a business perspective as well as for social institutions, including government and national defense.
This article is not about the past, the golden decades when science flourished in Armenia. It’s a guide on what can be accomplished in the present and into the future through the lens of one visionary, Dr. Mushegh Rafayelyan.
A network of factories, research centers and institutes made Armenia an electronics hub during the Soviet Union. Producing mostly military-focused hardware, Armenia punched well above its weight among the republics.
The IT sector in Armenia is a strategic direction for the development of the country thanks to the relatively high level of scientific and educational potential of the population, and also one of the highest paid sectors.
Prioritizing science will pave the way towards economic and strategic development. Formed by industry representatives, the Gituzh initiative is working to increase public awareness and government funding for science development.
Digital Pomegranate, already into its eighth year, has played an active role in shifting the image of Gyumri from a city of poverty and tragedy to a city with a viable future. Its new project, Distrikt, promises to be the first SDG compatible community in the world.
Masha Keryan collaborated with Armenian AR/VR game development app Arloopa on an experimental project to showcase some of her artwork digitally. The result was their first-ever AR exhibition of NFT pieces and VR Tilt Brush sculptures.
How an AI-powered platform that analyzes thousands of online job postings from a wide variety of commercial websites to provide insights into the labor market can make data-driven decisions come to life.
The current state and future direction of science in Armenia has been discussed on various platforms recently. Gagik Tovmasian writes about the need to elevate the status of national institutes and willingness to open up to the world.