Kyiv is the capital and most populous city of Ukraine, boasting a population of more than 3 million people. It is located in north-center Ukraine along the Dnieper River. Kyiv is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe, with its first mentions dating back to the 5th century. During its rich history the city passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity, retaining its cultural importance through all these times.
Kiev was the historic cultural centre of the East Slavic civilization and a major cradle for the Christianization of Kievan Rus'. Kiev retained through centuries its cultural importance and even at times of relative decay, it remained the centre of primary importance of Eastern Orthodox Christianity . Its sacred sites, which include the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves) and the Saint Sophia Cathedral are probably the most famous, attracted pilgrims for centuries and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site remain the primary religious centres as well as the major tourist attraction.
Kiev's theatres include, the Kiev Opera House, Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama, the Kiev Puppet Theater, October Palace and National Philharmonic of Ukraine and others.
The most important of the city's many museums are the Kiev State Historical Museum, Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II, the National Art Museum, the Museum of Western and Oriental Art, the Pinchuk Art Centre and the National Museum of Russian art.
The organizer of this event, Faculty of Computer Science and Cybernetics within Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, was founded in May 1969 as the first faculty of corresponding profile in the former USSR and boasts over 1300 students and more than 100 academic staff members.