Inside perspective: UX Designers in Ukraine speak at Fall In vets hackathon

Military Veterans Hackathon 2022

Jameel Matin
2 min readMay 7, 2022
Watch Ukrainian guests speak at the Fall In Veterans Hackathon

Olly and Valeo are UX designers living in Western Ukraine, which has been affected by the ongoing Russian invasion that began on February 24th, 2022. The conflict has caused thousands of casualties and displaced millions of people. In April 2022, Olly and Valeo were invited to speak at the Fall In Veterans Hackathon about their experiences during the conflict.

The Fall In Veterans Hackathon is an event that brings together military veterans and tech professionals to develop solutions to real-world challenges. This month, the organizers invited Olly and Valeo to share their firsthand accounts of the daily conditions in Ukraine during the conflict, including disruptions caused by military activity, deaths in the streets, and frustration with propaganda.

Olly and Valeo are both esteemed designers in Ukraine working for Zencastr

Olly and Valeo’s goal is to document real stories from people living through this tragic event so that others can understand what is happening on the ground level. They hope that their experiences will inspire others to take action and support those affected by the conflict.

Olly and Valeo are both esteemed UX designers in Ukraine working at Zencastr

If you would like to help the people of Ukraine, Fall In recommends donating to Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflict. Nova Ukraine is dedicated to helping those in need and promoting peace and stability in the region. You can learn more about Nova Ukraine and how to donate on their website at

Snapshot of Olly and Valeo speaking at the Fall In veterans hackathon

Fall In is grateful to have Olly and Valeo as guests at the hackathon, and our veterans are honored to hear their experiences.

Slava Ukraini! (Glory to Ukraine!)

You can watch the video of Olly and Valeo speaking at the Fall In Veterans Hackathon here.