Ideas Day in Dnipro: Strategic Security and Urban Development

National and local-level security, city development, and enhancing innovation were the focal discussion topics during the Ideas Day on July 20.

Regarding safety, this year, the traditional Ideas Festival is being held in three cities across Ukraine in a new format called Ideas Days. The second Ideas Day took place in Dnipro. 

Speakers of the first-panel discussion discussed matters of strategic security. This included the main directions of changes necessary for adequate stability and security in Ukraine, both present-day and in the long term. Topics included the development of the defense industry and the energy sector. The speakers also noted the necessity of dismantling stereotypical notions about Ukraine.

Participants in the discussion included Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine, Lana Zerkal, Project Manager for Critical Infrastructure Damage Assessment and Recovery Preparedness at UNDP, and journalist and publicist Pavlo Kazarin.

Denis Poltavets, Director of Program Development at Aspen Institute Kyiv, and Yevhen Hlibovytskyi, pro.mova company partner, moderated the discussion. 

The focus of the second panel discussion was an inter-sectoral collaboration as the foundation for the restoration and development of Dnipro. It covered the role of various stakeholders in restoring urban spaces, their interaction, mechanisms for citizens’ influence on city development, and the proactive role of businesses in the city’s life – including the application of innovative technologies and investments in education.

Participants in the discussion included Julia Pischanska, Director of Dmytro Yavornytsky National Historical Museum of Dnipro, Borys Markov, CEO of ATB Corporation, and Rabbi of Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk Region, Shmuel Kaminsky.

Yevhen Hlibovytskyi, a partner at pro.mova company, moderated the discussion.


During Ideas Day in Dnipro, an exhibition of the “Feel Dnipro” project was also presented. The project organizers create small bronze sculptures to enhance the city’s cultural and tourist appeal.

We extend our gratitude to everyone who participated in the event! We remind you that the next broadcast of Ideas Days will take place on July 22!