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  • 1. Krakow, Poland:A Technology Hub for Central & Eastern Europe
    Ramon Tancinco
    Chairman, High Tech Committee: American Chamber of Commerce Poland
    Head of Strategy Central and Eastern Europe: Cisco Systems
    Version as of 28 May 2010
    THIS WORK IS LICENSED UNDER THE CREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION-SHARE ALIKE 3.0 UNITED STATES LICENSE.

2. Agenda
Speaker Intro
Krakow Primer
Krakow by the Numbers
Krakow Trends
3. 4. Who is in Krakow?
Multinational R&D:Google, IBM, Motorola, ABB, SABRE, Delphi, Fujitsu
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
IT Services:concentrations in video game design and development, web design and development, mobile applications, bioinformatics, and other areas
Startups such as iLoopMobile, Volantis, Synkia, X-Formation, Test4Load, PipeJump, and many others
R&D Headquarters for Small and Medium-Sized Companies from Ireland, Israel, UK, Denmark, Norway, and US
5. Why Krakow?
Large technical/engineering talent pool
Low cost + stability of European Union
Multilingual, educated work force
Great place to live:Beauty, culture, and recreation
6. Krakow Multinational Employment
7. Krakw employment in Major IT Companies and SSC (ITO)
8. Student numbers Krakw and Katowice - (one labour region)
Katowice, located very close to Krakow, create one labour makro region with the highest no. of students in Poland, with min. 2,5 times higher students potential compared to Pozna
Source: National Statistics Office
9. Growing population in KrakwPositive net migration by region Krakow on 2nd position in Poland (number per 1000 inhabitants)
10. Krakows Transformation into an R&D Center
1998
1994
2002
2004
2005
2006
2007
1996
1992
2000
1989
2002
2006
2005
1998
2004
2007
IBM Launches their Software R&D Laboratory in Krakow
Sabre reaches 340 Engineers
2000:Sabre purchases Gradient
2002: IBM Buys PwCs Finance BPO Operations
Motorola Office Opened in Krakow at Jagiellonian Campus Tower
RafalStyczen sets up IIF, the first Venture Capital fund in Krakow
Poland joins the European Union
Sabre reaches 100 Engineers
Google Opens their first and only Central and Eastern European R&D Center in Krakow
Sabre reached 600 Engineers
Poland emerges from Communism
11. Trend Snapshot: The Krakow Mobile Cluster
Motorola
EricPol
Google (Android)
Volantis
iLoop Mobile
12. Trend Snapshot: International Start-up Back-Office R&D (last 2 years)
Synkia (Norway)
X-Formation (Denmark)
iLoop Mobile (USA)
Test4Load (Israel)
PipeJump (USA)
13. Krakow success stories
Google
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.
Eastern Europeans have dominated international programming competitions in recent years, attracting the attention of tech firms."When we saw these trends, of people from Eastern Europe winning these contests, we decided to take a closer look," says KannanPashupathy, Google's head of international engineering operations. "People have a huge interest in software, and there's a much deeper grounding in mathematics in the curriculum in these countries"...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)
IBM
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...
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)
CapGemini
Provides support in 25 different languages.Krakow has a rich history, but todays city has a modern face with the kind of infrastructure youd expect from any European commercial hub...Importantly, it gives us access to the skills we need 180,000 graduates (30,000 from Krakow) leave Polands universities every year.(Krakow Centre of Excellence, CapGemini)
14. Krakow, a university city
200,000+ students in higher education
400,000+ students within 100 km
Over 30,000 new graduates each year.
~8,000 IT sciences students; ~5,000 mechanical engineers currently enrolled
Leading universities in the country
Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow University of Technology, Krakow University of Economics, and others.
8 universities in Krakow with IT degrees
SOURCE:TESTHR.PL, CAPGEMINI
15. Krakow culture and lifestyle
Eastern Europes new bohemian capital (New York Times)
EU Capital of Culture 2000; considered by many the cultural capital of Poland.
Entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With 7 million+ visitors per year, convenient transportation links and infrastructure.
7 national parks within 200 km; world-class skiing 100 km away.
16. Support for investments
EU subsidies for service sector job creation
Polish government support
Direct aid for R&D and BPO job creation
Corporate and real estate tax exemptions
Poland has a large and growing economy: ranked #21 in global GDP, low inflation.
17. Krakow/San Francisco
SISTER CITIES, AS OF JULY 2009

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