The Save Ukraine network is holding a video challenge which will provide a positive counterpoint to the suffering many Ukrainians are experiencing due to loss of electrical power this winter. Russian missile and drone attacks have damaged or destroyed between 30-40% of Ukraine's power generation infrastructure.
This has led to millions suffering extreme cold, in a country where January temperatures can reach 20 degrees below zero. All indications are that the Russians plan to continue this bombardment throughout winter, with the result that by March 100% of the country's energy infrastructure may be damaged. Approximately 15 million Ukrainians will be subjected to unprecedented freezing temperatures.
Our hope is to add some optimism and laughter to people's lives during this unprecedented catastrophe. We are inviting members of the CalArts community and Ukrainian universities to submit 15 second or one minute TikTok-style videos devoted to the themes of dealing with cold, hacks to circumvent the cold, inventions designed to create warmth, etc. Of course this can not prevent Russian missile attacks, but it can serve as a mood enhancement campaign, in a country which desperately needs
reasons to hope. We will offer 40 cash prizes, up to $1000, for videos which combine the latest popular TikTok music and memes to create dances or skits around the topics of shivering, bundling up, etc. Thousands of Ukrainian citizens will see the videos, and will know that the rest of the world cares about their plight.
Members of the greater CalArts community are central to the project, more than any other university in the world except Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv.
How to proceed: Make a 15 second, one minute, or three minute video and submit it to your TikTok channel, or to Youtube Shorts, Facebook, or Instagram Reels.
(All rights belong to you because you are submitting on your channel, not ours). If videos show signs of going viral, we will boost them through our channels.
Send detailed instructions on how to access your videos to email@example.com. (Keep in mind that our judges are in many cases older professionals who don't typically use TikTok, and whose first language is not English, so offer clear directions).
Also, send links to videos to this email, so entrants can be properly added to the rolls of Орден Героїв Небесної Сотні, the Hundred Heroes of Ukraine.
If you have questions or suggestions reply to this email, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Svetlana Shevchenko, Pavel Melnyk, John Toomey, Amy Chang,
Soani Gunawan, Ivan Petrov
Save Ukraine Network
SAVE UKRAINE NETWORK USING AI-OPTIMIZED AGGREGATE PREDICTIONS TO GUIDE CIVILIANS IN AVOIDING AND RECOVERING FROM DRONE AND MISSILE STRIKES
December 1, 2022
The Save Ukraine network is initiating a 24 hour online Hackathon to create and refine new technologies to help Ukraine. According to co-founder John Toomey, the project will bring together businesses, startup incubators, and students from Stanford, Berkeley, Oxford, and Taras Shevchenko National University and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine to develop new technologies and refine existing ones.
"We are interested in supporting every kind of tech which will help Ukraine defend itself and rebuild, including Cybersecurity, sustainable building materials, drones, AI, personal security, winter clothing, autonomous vehicles, aviation, and transport".
Traditionally a hackathon is held during a weekend on a college campus. Students arrive with ideas and inventions, and brainstorm ways to improve them. "That has worked well in starting a lot of successful tech companies" says Save Ukraine's Soani Gunawan, "but we see no reason why the whole thing can't be done online, 24 hours a day, so that any entrepreneur or student inventor in the world can participate at any time. Ukraine desperately needs solutions for all kinds of problems, and we seek to bring genius from around the globe together to build and collaborate."
Participants don't need to be inventors or startups themselves to participate. They can also promote existing tech products, vote in surveys to determine which technologies are most worthy, assist in crowdfunding campaigns, help in translating, and offer assistance with importing, Customs, and regulatory issues.
"We are open to all ideas" says Toomey. "What's really necessary is a passion for helping Ukraine recover and rebuild, knowing that what we learn here will undoubtedly be usable for future crises, and for peacetime."
For more information email email@example.com.
October 29, 2022
The Save Ukraine Network is building a database of companies in Europe who are willing to hire, on a temporary contract basis, Ukrainian refugees. There are more than 7 million Ukrainians living in Europe now, and many have advanced technical skills. We are especially interested in companies involved in AI, Robotics, Neural Networks, Space tech, Green energy, Sustainable Construction, Desalination technology, Avionics, and autonomous vehicle technology. If you own or work for such a firm please contact John Toomey or Svetlana Shevchenko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is some background information from the UNHCR to explain why we are doing this.
Staying put for now
Keen to contribute
Struggling to survive
Support at home and beyond
See https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/09/1127661 for information and to learn how to help.
October 5, 2022
The Save Ukraine Network, in collaboration with our partners, will be holding a live Conference in Kyiv on November 5, 6, and 7 to discuss economic survival of Ukrainian enterprises during this difficult winter. The event will be held at a location in suburban Kyiv, and may be attended live or on Zoom. The venue will be named later, as the area is still subject to Russian missile attacks. There will be live speakers, Masterminds, and ample opportunities for networking. Our goal is to help Ukrainian businesses make it through the difficult times ahead, as 15% of our country is still under occupation, and missile and rocket attacks from thd occupiers still occur daily.
For details write to email@example.com
September 20 (update to May 21 postP
The Save Ukraine Network claims that according to intercepted Russian Armed Forces communications, which are often sent out unencrypted, there is a commonly cited figure for the percentage of civilians who must perish in a given oblast (roughly equivalent to a county) in Ukraine, before Russian political control can be affirmed. It's 5%. The claim was first made by adjutants to Lt. General Yakov Rezantsev, Russia's 49th Combined Arms Army Commander, and later was repeated by Lt. General Andrei Mordvichev, Commander of the 8th General Army of the Southern Military District. Ukrainian forces claim that Lt. General Mordvichev has been killed in battle, though Russia denies this.
April 22 We've just completed the first phase of the Save Ukraine Network's Chastushka contest. Chastushkas are short poems, popular in both Russia and Ukraine, consisting of four lines in trochaic tetrameter, which often have a satirical subject matter. They correspond roughly to the English limerick, Japanese Haiku, Arabic or Farsi Ghazal, Indian Naani, Korean Sijo, and Malaysian Pantoum. We requested Chastushkas that convey people's opinions about the Ukraine invasion.
Believe it or not, we recieved entries in all these forms, even though we asked only for Chastushkas.
The original plan was to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, but then we thought it would be better to confer the Save Ukraine Order of Merit on all worthy submissions. Here are some of the latest entries. We will reveal the authors' names after the second phase of the contest (except for those who wish to remain anonymous)
These are classic Chastushkas, 4 lines in trochaic tetrameter:
Putin craves the World's reverence.
"See what Russia can achieve!"
If genocide's what earns our homage,
Mr.P has over-achieved.
Vladimir thinks Mother Russia
can RISE UP again, through war;
If Ukraine's death's not sufficient,
No problem! He can kill some MORE!
Through Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Chekhov,
Russia earned the world's acclaim
Now, they seek respect through Missiles
Putin thinks they're one and the same.
from Russia (that's right)
Great novels, music, art, and wisdom
Gained Russia once the world's aplomb
Putin thinks "I'll bring those days back!
I can't write, but I can BOMB!
Here is a free verse Naani from India:
Putin's proud of his grandparents who survived the Leningrad Nazi siege....
Now HE has placed Kharkiv, Sloviansk, Mariupol and dozens of other cities under siege.....
Because the two situations are completely different.... right?
A sijo from Argentina:
Can you hide your crimes from the world, Mr. Putin?
putin has turned Ukraine into a giant Auschwitz
Auschwitz residents didn't have 25 million cell phone cameras
Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Putin!
a Haiku from Japan:
You were a great country.
Gave the world Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy
Look at you now!
April 15 We at Save Ukraine Network have initiated a program that allows citizens of any country to publicize the movements and strength of Russian military units in Donbass, Ukraine, by collating updated mapping from the Centre for Information Resilience with live Russian military radio communications in Donbass provided by the WebSDR from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
All recent information gathered by Western and Ukrainian intelligence points to the probability that Russian forces will mount a major land and air offensive against the parts of Donbass still controlled by the Ukraine government, starting on or around April 13-14 and continuing until May 9, when Russians traditionally celebrate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. President Zelensky, as well as Russian Southern Command both agree it will be the largest and most brutal land war in Europe since 1945.
Putin is desperate for a victory, and will pour everything he has into the effort.
But combining daily updated mapping with live Russian military radio communications allows hundreds or thousands of citizens to inform civilians in Donbass, Russia, and around the world exactly what is going on, and when. The Russians, for some reason, are still using analog radio communications which are not encrypted, and anyone can listen to them online by going to
When combined with the up-to-date mapping by the Centre for Information Resilience, found here:
you can accurately predict movements of personnel, armaments, mobile armor, missiles, and fighter jets. While it's true that the Ukraine Military has excellent updated intelligence on Russian movements, our program is aimed at civilians in both Ukraine and Russia. We can post the information live on thousands of Russian social media accounts including VKontakte, OdnoKlassniki, Moi Mir, and Telegram so that millions of Russians can know EXACTLY what their government means by "Special Military Operation". WE know that what this term really means is "slaughter of thousands of Ukraine civilians", but we find the best way to inform Russian citizens is through accurate mapping and audio data, combined with field-generated cellphone photos and videos. In fact we invite Russians themselves to do the same monitoring. It's important that they see what's happening with their own eyes and ears.
With most modern laptops, tablets, and cellphones, participants can monitor the updated maps on their screens, while the unencrypted Russian radio communications play simultaneously, making the tracking relatively easy.
The Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map is a crowdsourced effort by Centre for Information Resilience (https://twitter.com/Cen4infoRes), Bellingcat, Conflict Intelligence Team, Advance Democracy and the wider open source community to map, document and verify significant incidents during the conflict in Ukraine.
Wide Band WebSDR has been created by the Faculty for Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands.
To join the Program:
Install the WebSDR from Twente on your computer and make sure its audio is running in the background https://9gag.com/gag/ang7R15
On the same computer (or you can use a phone and a computer) go to https://maphub.net/Cen4infoRes/russian-ukraine-monitor
Set up (free) accounts on Russian social media sites Vkontakte, OdnoKlassniki, and Moi Mir. Telegram is also useful, as it's still used by Russian elites. It's better of course if you post in Russian and Ukrainian, but Vkontakte does have an English translation option. Just keep in mind that many Russians think that English communications are Western propaganda, and they ignore them.
When you hear a Russian military radio communication referencing something that you can also see on the map, and that you think is significant (this is quite arbitrary) post it to the social media accounts. Please do not reveal movements of Ukraine military.
Tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 8 Memorializing Sloviansk before the destruction: One of the bizarre things about the Russian invasion of Ukraine is that the Russian Military makes no effort to hide its impending plans. Western Intelligence agencies knew the exact date and scope of the invasion before it started. They knew in short order that Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson would be assaulted, and that Mariupol would be bombed into oblivion, before these things happened.
So we at Save Ukraine thought "Why not start creating memorials to buildings in a Ukrainian city, BEFORE the Russians obliterate it?" Russian ground commanders have announced that, as part of the pivot to the Donbass region, they will bombard the city of Sloviansk, located at a crucial crossroads. Indeed, they have already begun, though the brunt of the assault is expected next week. So we are documenting what is still existent in Sloviansk, (below) hoping against hope that these cultural artifacts will remain un-bombarded, but also realizing sadly that this may not be preventable. If and when these structures are destroyed, we will post those photos also. In any case, if the Russians do level Sloviansk as they have threatened, they will not be able to claim that photos of death and damage were staged and faked, as they have done concerning the Bucha massacre.
Bucha, 2022 Pencil Drawing based on Photographs Cameron Burke, Professor of Art Emerita, University of Missouri
Untitled (in memory of Bucha) Lawrence Gipe From an NBC News screenshot Courtesy Lawrence Gipe Studio
Oil painting by Chris Vena, Faculty Associate in Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University, based on the photos of Bucha massacre, titled "Civilians Murdered and Burned by Russian Soldiers"
April 3 Update: On April 2 Russian forces withdrew from Bucha, a town north of Kyiv. Reporters were able to enter the city and discovered mass graves and many bodies on the streets, next to destroyed tanks and military hardware. President Zelenskyy and other world leaders have referred to Russian activity in Bucha as Genocide.
Save Ukraine is memorializing those who perished during the massacre by creating art works based on photos of victims. The project was initiated by CalArts-Ukraine. Students and artists from NTU University of Ukraine (Kyiv), Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Michigan State, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas, Missouri, and CalArts are preparing works for inclusion in our Heroes Gallery. They can be based on any verified photo from the massacre; many are using this picture of the hand of a deceased victim buried in rubble.
The Save Ukraine Network is co-sponsoring the Free Ukraine Diptych Campaign, together with Ukraine Now, Stop the Invasion, Mariupol Relief, and churches, mosques, and synagogues in Mariupol, Odesa, Kharkiv and Kyiv. A Diptych is a traditional form of Art, popular in Ukraine in the Middle Ages, which combines two paintings together, often joining them with a hinge. This is a typical Ukrainian Diptych, displaying Mary and the infant Christ child, with an adult Jesus.
Our Diptych (below) is also a combination of two images, though of a completely different character. The top one shows three Soviet civilians dumping bodies into a mass grave in 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad by Nazi forces. The bottom image is similar, except that it depicts Ukrainian citizens dropping corpses into a mass grave on March 9, 2022 during the Siege of Mariupol. Since the photo was taken, thousands more have been killed by Russian bombardment and dumped into similar graves.
The juxtaposition of the images is meant to show the similarities of the two tragedies. It is especially aimed at Russian President Putin and his supporters, because Putin is a native of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) and often speaks of his family members who suffered horribly during the Siege. We, the Ukrainian people, are carrying this image physically throughout the country, and through Russia, and sharing it on social media, as a way of asking the question: "Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, what is the difference between these photos? Are the victims different? Why must we repeat the mistakes of the past in the present? What is the purpose of this invasion?"
In Medieval times itinerant priests carried the old-style Diptychs from town to town in Ukraine (Russia too) to explain their religious message. Our campaign is not specifically religious in nature, but is meant to pose these questions to the occupiers.
March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and there will be processions of people carrying this modern Diptych, sometimes also with photos of family members and friends who have been killed, through the streets of Mariupol. There will also be a lengthy march from Kharkiv to Kyiv featuring up to 30,000 participants. Another group of 15,000 will walk from Kherson to Odesa.
Similar processions featuring thousands of Ukrainians will occur (depending upon what the Russian military does) on the Jewish Passover beginning April 15, on Ukrainian Orthodox Easter on April 24, and on St. Theodosius Day, May 3.
Demonstrations are also planned in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Capetown, Nairobi, Mumbai, Jakarta, Miami, San Francisco, Calgary, Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, Lima, Amman, Rome, and Cairo. The world is behind this movement. The World wants to know: Vladimir Vladimirovich, what is the point of this killing of thousands of people?
In addition thousands of Ukrainians will post the Diptych to social media, especially Vkontakte, OdnoKlassniki, and Moi Mir, the three largest Russian social media networks. Others will share the photos on Tiktok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, though these are unlikely to reach many Russians due to government interference.
Our message may not sway Putin, who seems determined to exterminate the Ukrainian nation as efficiently as possible, but we hope to reach the millions of Russians, both military and civilians, whose assistance is necessary for him to carry out his brutality. Our question for them is: Why? WHY?
If you want to add your own images, perhaps of deceased loved ones, to our processions, send them to email@example.com. Provide names and other relevant information if you want us to commemorate your loved one. If you wish to support the project go to https://www.givesendgo.com/G2ZHA
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