Krakow, Poland: A Technology Hub for Central & Eastern Europe <ul><li>J.P.  Allen , University of San Francisco </li></ul>...
Who is in Krakow? <ul><li>Multinational R&D:  Google, IBM, Motorola, ABB, SABRE, Delphi, Fujitsu </li></ul><ul><li>Offshor...
Why Krakow? <ul><li>Large technical/engineering talent pool </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost + stability of European Union </li>...
Krakow success stories <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For years, Western technology firms have come to Eastern Eur...
Krakow, a university city <ul><li>200,000+ students in higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400,000+ students within 100...
An emerging tech ecosystem <ul><li>IT Associations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASPIRE  - Association of IT and business process ...
Krakow culture and lifestyle <ul><li>“ Eastern Europe’s new bohemian capital”  ( New York Times ) </li></ul><ul><li>EU Cap...
Support for investments <ul><li>EU subsidies for service sector job creation </li></ul><ul><li>Polish government support <...
For more information <ul><li>Tholons Top 50 Emerging Outsourcing Cities   - Krakow ranked #4 globally, highest city in Eur...
Relevant links <ul><li>City of Krakow  – City website </li></ul><ul><li>Krakow Technology Park  – Government Incentives an...
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A short presentation highlighting the reasons why Krakow, Poland has emerged as the leading technology destination in Central and Eastern Europe. By J.P. Allen (University of San Francisco) and Ramon Tancinco (Cisco Systems Poland).

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  1. 1. Krakow, Poland: A Technology Hub for Central & Eastern Europe <ul><li>J.P. Allen , University of San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>Ramon Tancinco , Cisco Systems Poland </li></ul>Version as of 27 January 2010 THIS WORK IS LICENSED UNDER THE CREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION-SHARE ALIKE 3.0 UNITED STATES LICENSE.
  2. 2. Who is in Krakow? <ul><li>Multinational R&D: Google, IBM, Motorola, ABB, SABRE, Delphi, Fujitsu </li></ul><ul><li>Offshore BPO: CapGemini, IBM, Motorola, Shell, ACS, Fortis Bank, UBS, Comarch, Unicredito Bank, Tesco, International Paper, HSBC, Lufthansa, State Street, HCL, Philip Morris, Hewitt, Alexander Mann, Hitachi, Accounting Plaza, EDF Energy, UPM-Kymenne </li></ul><ul><li>IT Services: concentrations in video game design and development, web design and development, mobile applications, bioinformatics, and other areas </li></ul><ul><li>Startups such as iLoopMobile, Volantis, Synkia, X-Formation, Test4Load, PipeJump, and many others </li></ul><ul><li>R&D Headquarters for Small and Medium-Sized Companies from Ireland, Israel, UK, Denmark, Norway, and US </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Krakow? <ul><li>Large technical/engineering talent pool </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost + stability of European Union </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual, educated work force </li></ul><ul><li>Great place to live: Beauty, culture, and recreation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Krakow success stories <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For years, Western technology firms have come to Eastern Europe to lure away talented computer-science graduates...but now, the region's universities are producing so many top programmers that many firms are changing tack – and setting up shop at the source. IBM, Motorola, and Google have all opened research labs here in Krakow in recent years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern Europeans have dominated international programming competitions in recent years, attracting the attention of tech firms. &quot;When we saw these trends, of people from Eastern Europe winning these contests, we decided to take a closer look,&quot; says Kannan Pashupathy, Google's head of international engineering operations. &quot;People have a huge interest in software, and there's a much deeper grounding in mathematics in the curriculum in these countries&quot;...Cultural, geographic, and economic proximity to Western Europe has given the region an advantage over global competitors like India.” ( Christian Science Monitor , “ Why Google put a research lab in Poland ”, 3/13/07) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For Big Blue and other IT services companies, Poland's skilled workforce makes up for rising wages with skills that offset Bangalore's low costs. Krakow, Poland, is a nice place to live and work, with a charming old quarter and a lively club scene driven by the city's population of more than 150,000 students. In fact, Krakow seems almost too nice to compete with the raucous, traffic-jammed cities of India as a location for outsourcing... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since 2002, IBM has boosted staff in Krakow tenfold...Part of the reason Krakow makes sense for IBM, as well as for Cap Gemini, Motorola, KPMG, and other multinationals is that the university town churns out a steady supply of well-qualified graduates.” ( Spiegel Online , “ As Good as Bangalore: Why Krakow Still Works for IBM ”, 9/26/07) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CapGemini </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides support in 25 different languages. “Krakow has a rich history, but today’s city has a modern face with the kind of infrastructure you’d expect from any European commercial hub...Importantly, it gives us access to the skills we need – 180,000 graduates (30,000 from Krakow) leave Poland’s universities every year.” (“ Krakow Centre of Excellence ” , CapGemini ) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Krakow, a university city <ul><li>200,000+ students in higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400,000+ students within 100 km </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 30,000 new graduates each year. </li></ul><ul><li>~8,000 IT sciences students; ~5,000 mechanical engineers currently enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>Leading universities in the country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow University of Technology, Krakow University of Economics, and others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8 universities in Krakow with IT degrees </li></ul>SOURCE: TESTHR.PL, CAPGEMINI
  6. 6. An emerging tech ecosystem <ul><li>IT Associations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASPIRE - Association of IT and business process services companies in Poland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITK - Information Technology in Krakow portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITSBA - IT Small Business Alliance Krakow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PJUG - Polish Java Users Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kgd.net - Krakow .NET User Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KRUG - Krakow Ruby User Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polish Adobe Flex User Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pykonik - Krakow Python Users Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polish Scrum Users Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TCPIP - Technical Communication Professionals in Poland </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic IT Festival - Annual student-organized conference across four major universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KrakOpen Team Programming Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CodeCamp - Annual .NET programming event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CONFidence - Annual IT security conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Java Developers’ Day - Annual Java conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GeeCON - Java/JVM/Groovy/Ruby conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polish Network Operators Group - Annual Service Provider Conference </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Krakow culture and lifestyle <ul><li>“ Eastern Europe’s new bohemian capital” ( New York Times ) </li></ul><ul><li>EU Capital of Culture 2000; “ considered by many the cultural capital of Poland ”. </li></ul><ul><li>Entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. </li></ul><ul><li>With 7 million+ visitors per year, convenient transportation links and infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>7 national parks within 200 km; world-class skiing 100 km away. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Support for investments <ul><li>EU subsidies for service sector job creation </li></ul><ul><li>Polish government support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct aid for R&D and BPO job creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate and real estate tax exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poland has a large and growing economy: ranked #21 in global GDP, low inflation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. For more information <ul><li>Tholons Top 50 Emerging Outsourcing Cities - Krakow ranked #4 globally, highest city in Europe for 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>PwC report on BPO in Krakow </li></ul><ul><li>Jones Lang LaSalle report on Offshoring and Near-shoring in Poland </li></ul><ul><li>CapGemini Krakow Center of Excellence brochure </li></ul><ul><li>Directory of Krakow IT Companies, Incubators, Angels/VCs, and Office Space by the Krakow Network </li></ul>
  10. 10. Relevant links <ul><li>City of Krakow – City website </li></ul><ul><li>Krakow Technology Park – Government Incentives and Special Economic Zones </li></ul><ul><li>Business in Malopolska – Regional Government Incentives </li></ul><ul><li>South Poland Business Link – Local Business Association serving multinationals in Krakow. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Krakow/San Francisco SISTER CITIES, AS OF JULY 2009

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