Ukrainian Dev Shops Join the Fight against COVID-19 with Free Development Initiative

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YouTeam partners with a team of outsourcing agencies to provide volunteer software development work to COVID-19 fighting startups.

Any startup that is building a product intended to help in the fight against the coronavirus can apply for free development hours of front-end, back-end, or other engineers available at the agencies, get free UX consultancy, or even QA support.

YouTeam, the premier online marketplace for building remote software development teams, along with 10 Ukrainian IT outsourcing partner agencies, launches an initiative to fight COVID-19. The announcement comes with the publication of a directory called “Volunteer Developers” (http://volunteer-developers.com) where COVID-battling startups can find relevant tech help to aid them in their fight against the deadly disease.

The list of companies participating in the charity includes leading Ukrainian software development agencies such as Lionwood Software, LightIT, JustCoded, Unicreo, ElifTech, Sigma Software, Clockwise Software, Computools and OpenGeeksLab, all vetted independently by YouTeam. Any startup that is building a product intended to help in the fight against the coronavirus can apply for free development hours of front-end, back-end, or other engineers available at the agencies, get free UX consultancy, or even QA support.

Most offers are valid until June 1, 2020 — when quarantine is expected to be ended or relaxed in many western countries. Volunteer time of software engineers usually needs to be booked a few days in advance, and comes on a first come, first served basis. However, the representatives of some agencies have not eliminated the possibility of providing more than promised to inspiring companies really making a change in the world.

Yura Riphyak, YouTeam’s co-CEO, explains how the idea came to life: “I'm from Ukraine, where IT outsourcing is a really huge business — adding up to around 3% of GDP. Ukraine is also where YouTeam was founded and where our own development and support teams are located. The quality of engineering talent is exceptional and the percentage of software engineers in the population is the highest in the world. When we reached out to our most trusted partner agencies there with the idea of volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis, they instantly jumped at the opportunity to offer a helping hand in these uncertain times.”

For more information on the volunteer development help available, please visit http://volunteer-developers.com.

About YouTeam: YouTeam is a platform for building remote development teams from Eastern Europe and Latin America. The startup operates a talent pool of around 20,000 vetted software engineers available to start working next week. YouTeam brings convenience to outsourcing by leveraging the dynamic availability of engineers within dev shops. The startup has been backed by Y Combinator in the Winter batch 2018, as well as u.ventures, DigitalFuture and a number of prominent angels.

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