Data Science UA

Data Science UA

Your trusted partner in Data Science/AI/ML

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About Data Science UA
Data Science UA is a Ukrainian company that has been developing the Data Science Community since 2016 and organizes events in analytics and AI. That is why we know almost all data scientists and AI developers on the local market in person, so we are always the first to know...
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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
2016
Ukraine
Data Science UA
Your trusted partner in Data Science/AI/ML
5.0 (5 Reviews)
Interview
Aleksandra Boguslavskaya
Aleksandra Boguslavskaya
CEO and Founder
Aleksandra Boguslavskaya
CEO and Founder, Data Science UA

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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the organization.

Briefly about me - my name is Aleksandra. I am the CEO & Founder of Data Science UA. In 2016 I decided to hold the first data science conference in Kyiv, and that is where the story of Data Science UA began.

Over the years, we’ve built a Data Science and AI ecosystem around a community of 8000+ ML engineers and Data Scientists, which allows us to provide:
  • The establishment of AI R&D Centers;
  • High-quality tech recruitment (150+ closed senior-level positions);
  • Data Science Consulting for companies in Ukraine and around the world;
  • Mentorship and education programs for clients’ teams.
We’ve organized 9 International Data Science UA conferences with 8000+ attendees and 200+ speakers from top global companies. Each month we conduct events on machine learning, computer vision, and the use of artificial intelligence in various fields of business.

That is why we know almost all data scientists and AI developers on the Ukrainian market in person, so we are always the first to know about their professional achievements.

What is the story behind starting this company?

So, in 2016 I decided to hold the first data science conference in Kyiv and it turned out to be the right decision: we got a lot of attendees and excellent feedback.
There were only a few networking events in this field in Ukraine, and people wanted to know more. Now, together with the team, we hold such conferences twice a year.

Soon after the first conference, I got bombarded with requests for AI-related workshops and recruiting from both developers and various companies. It was clear that the market lacks this kind of specialized agency. So I decided to give it a try.

Pretty much everything we do at Data Science UA is based on market needs. We get different requests all the time. After we get the same request a few dozen times, we try to fulfill it by ourselves. That’s how we started not only the recruiting agency but also the consulting branch.
 
As a new business direction, we provide full support to AI product companies in team assembling and R&D center launching in Ukraine. We can hire a dedicated team for the client’s AI project with specialists tailored to exact needs.

What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?

Data Science UA is a reliable technology partner when you need:
  • Consulting with a project-based approach (a team of experts managed by our Project Manager): from building data infrastructure and automatic report systems to advanced machine learning models that help to achieve competitive advantages.
  • Team extension: scale your internal development team over a short period of time with CV/ML engineers and data scientists.
  • Recruiting services: Access AI/ML/NLP/CV talent with skills you don’t have in your local market.
  • Assistance in all stages of AI R&D center establishment from legal and compliance to recruiting and HR management.

How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?

Almost all AI/ML/Data Science projects and companies, which come to Ukraine, pass through us. We advise them on the average salary expectations candidates can have and where it is better to open an R&D center and start building a data science team and team expertise. We advise universities on what subjects to add to the curriculum in data science programs.

Together with the Ministry of Culture, our team has created a short educational series on artificial intelligence. Our Head of Consulting, Veronica Tamayo Flores, teaches at the Kyiv School of Economics and Vodafone Big Data School.

We work with the largest database of CV/ML engineers and data scientists in Ukraine (more than 8000 warm candidates). We know almost all of them in person; that’s why we can provide extremely fast and efficient hiring (2-4 weeks on average), and not only for AI/ML roles - we help to hire all IT professionals and C-level executives.

We offer complete cost transparency to our Clients (they know salaries, bonuses, social benefits of each engineer hired for them), and a flexible business model.

What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?

The boom in big data started; everyone accumulated large arrays of data but did not know what to do with them. Now we cooperate with various companies in the banking sector, pharmaceuticals, retail, and others. We analyze and simplify their work, help build practical models and visual reports, and make user behavior predictions.

Please share some of the services that you offer for which clients approach you the most for?

We know almost every AI/ML engineer and data scientist here in Ukraine - so we are the first to know about all their professional updates. This really helps us conduct a fast search of “warm” candidates for a particular position. We are leaders in Data Science and AI recruiting, and we help our clients establish their AI R&D centers in Ukraine - forming a dedicated team of developers tailored to the exact requirements of the client.

We closed 150+ Data Science positions (including senior roles) and are hiring for all major product and service companies in Ukraine.

What is your customer satisfaction rate according to you? What steps do you take to cater to your customer’s needs and requirements?

We have long-term relations with multiple partners and clients for 2+ years, and many recommend us to their network and friends. I think it is the best rate of customer satisfaction. Our primary focus is long-term projects and engagements, that’s where our business model is the most attractive.

What kind of support system do you offer to your clients for catering to their queries and issues?

We work with IT product companies and solve their issues on a daily basis, which enables us to stay proactive and master the expertise for our client's success. We aim to cover all operational aspects of our client's business in Ukraine, from accounting and legal, recruiting and hardware to HR and office management and even employer branding. There is always a tech support person and administrative support specialist who can help clients resolve their queries or issues. This allows our clients to focus only on their business processes and deliverables.

What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)

We try to be flexible when we’re defining the pricing models with our clients. It can be fixed price, T&M, or managed delivery.

Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?

Budget isn’t the only factor we consider in our discussions with clients. We negotiate with many start-up initiatives that have the potential to grow into bigger and promising companies. We are flexible in terms of minimum budget, but 10K USD would be our bottom line from our experience.

What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2020?

It’s not like in web or mobile development, where it is much easier to estimate the budgets. It is much complicated with AI projects, and we start to work on discovery and building a pilot model; after that, we split it into milestones and plan our next steps and budgets together with the client. Some stages can cost 10K USD or less, some stages are more expensive (100K-200K USD and above).

Where do you see your company in the next 10 years?

I see Data Science UA in the Top AI development companies globally and that our Data Science and AI community here in Ukraine will grow 5x or maybe even 10x.

Our ML engineers and data scientists have a strong technical and math background, and we continue to unite top AI talents with our educational events and international conferences.

Ukraine is very attractive in terms of R&D centers opening. We aim to help international companies open their AI R&D in Ukraine with our top data scientists and machine learning engineers.
Contact information
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Data Science UA
Sportyvna square, 1A, Kiev, Kiev 01023
Ukraine