July

This month we have been traveling out to the fields quite a bit, both for data collecting and testing the weather sensors. We even participated in a fest devoted to the beginning of the harvest season! We have also been improving our app features and developing new ones (more details are coming in the next news issues). And the OneSoil team has expanded yet again, so we'll tell you more about our new members ✋

July

This month we have been traveling out to the fields quite a bit, both for data collecting and testing the weather sensors. We even participated in a fest devoted to the beginning of the harvest season! We have also been improving our app features and developing new ones (more details are coming in the next news issues). And the OneSoil team has expanded yet again, so we'll tell you more about our new members. ✋
⚡More weather data!

We are now using the services of World Weather Online, which provides us with weather data. This increases the accuracy of the data, especially for the temperature and precipitation. The difference in quality can be seen in the graphs of the effective temperatures and accumulated precipitation.
⚡Calendar update

You can now select the year and month separately, which simplifies the date selection. Another reason to save sowing dates!
⚡Field trips

It seems as though we were out in the fields every other day. A part of our team traveled to over 1,200 fields to collect data on the crops growing there and the guys from our device department went on a mini-expedition to find out the best way to measure soil moisture. The peak of our adventures happened when we found ourselves listening to traditional songs and dances on a field next to a couple of combine-harvesters. What we witnessed was a "Zazhinki" celebration, an ancient Belarusian custom to welcome the beginning of the harvest season. To get a taste of this authentic event, we recommend checking our photo story.
Photo from @uvarov_ivan Instagram_field_OneSoil Blog
Photo from @uvarov_ivan Instagram_field_OneSoil Blog
Photo from @uvarov_ivan Instagram_field_OneSoil Blog
Photos from Instagram of Ivan Uvarov, Product Designer at OneSoil
Photo from @mzaas Instagram__deers_OneSoil Blog
Photo from @mzaas Instagram__field_OneSoil Blog
Photo from @mzaas Instagram__corn_OneSoil Blog
Photos from Instagram of Slava Mazai, CEO of OneSoil
⚡New team members

We have 5 new colleagues. Some of them have joined us a couple of months ago, others—a couple of weeks ago. Here is a quick couple of words from each of them: Vlad Blazhko, Tanya Duzhynskaya, Nikita Zhuravlev, Alexey Khomich, Alexander Turdazov.
Vlad Blazhko_Data Scientist_OneSoil Blog
Vlad Blazhko
Data Scientist
– I was born in Minsk and graduated from the faculty of applied math and informatics at BSU (Belarussian State University). I've been involved in dozens of projects, from funny ones, like creating patterns for blankets, to serious ones, like detecting cervical cancer. Now I'm on my way to obtaining a PhD from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). My thesis is on the intersection of biology, physics and machine learning.

I found out about OneSoil from Sasha Kalinovsky; we worked well together about 2-3 years before. He was the one who invited me to join the team. I like working for the automatization of agriculture. I'd like to see "autofacs" (a plant for goods supply—OneSoil) one day, as described in the short story of Philip K. Dick. I will be helping the OneSoil team with Data Engineering and Data Science.

I'm a keen rollerblader and I do admire trees. Probably, I will grow a bonsai one day. I like to read books on psychology and on popular science topics. I'm interested in lucid dreaming, and while I was in Norway I got hooked with yoga. And of course, I like to discuss different topics, listen to music and watch YouTube.

Tanya Duzhynskaya_QA Engineer_OneSoil Blog
Tanya Duzhynskaya
QA Engineer
– I was born in Minsk and have been living here all my life. I graduated from BSUIR (Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics) and began my career in a French startup. I went from a Junior employee to the lead of several platforms (iOS, Android, web).

I heard about OneSoil from my sister. Soon thereafter, I read an interview with OneSoil CEO, Slava Mazai, in Belavia OnAir magazine. The project seemed very Belarusian to me, interesting and good-hearted. That same evening I sent an email to the team and said that I would like to join them. And hooray!–now I am part of the team. I'm responsible for organizing the testing processes and maintaining product quality.

I love my family and to achieve my goals, to travel and to eat spicy food. Currently, I'm trying to get myself to the gym :)

Nikita Zhuravlev_Data Scientist_OneSoil Blog
Nikita Zhuravlev
Data Scientist
– I was born in the small Russian city of Taganrog; my parents still live there. I graduated from the Faculty of Physics at Lomonosov Moscow State University. I obtained both my bachelor and master's degree. Then I worked in various companies, from the Mail.ru Group to Minsk-based Synesis. I was engaged in research and engineering work in the field of machine learning and computer vision.

I read about OneSoil in some news articles. For me, it is important to add value to people's lives, and the idea of bringing technologies to agriculture seems to be necessary and interesting. This is what differs OneSoil from most IT-projects–in a good way. At OneSoil, I am responsible for developing machine learning and computer vision algorithms and applying them in practice.

For about 10 years, I was a professional ballroom dancer. After that I was a hardcore gym-goer, I even thought of competing in bodybuilding. Fortunately, I turned that opportunity down. I like snowboarding and free riding in wintertime. With my friends, we have a tradition: every January or February we go to the mountains together, for example, to Sochi.

Alexey Khomich_Business Developer_OneSoil Blog
Alexey Khomich
Business Developer
– I was born and raised in Minsk, I graduated from a linguistic university here. I traded interpreting for a career in international trading. I lived and worked in Singapore for five years, and during that time obtained an MBA degree from Birmingham University.

I have been following OneSoil for the past year and a half. I find the concept quite interesting, and I'm attracted to an opportunity to change the world for the better. Now I am responsible for business development and B2B sales at OnSoil.

I'm an avid traveller–with 45 countries already ticked off my list. I can't live without sports: I like running and doing yoga. I am also quite passionate about cars and motorcycles.

Alexander Turdazov_Front-end developer_OneSoil Blog
Alexander Turdazov
Front-end developer
– I heard about OneSoil back in 2016 after reading an article published on dev.by. Since then, I was checking the company's news from time to time. I like the very idea of the startup that it works at the intersection of different industries. I find it particularly inspiring that we create products not for the digital world but for the offline one. OneSoil developments are aimed at the implementation of IT-innovations into the real world. In OneSoil, I work in front-end development. I create interfaces for our mobile and web applications and I strive to make them easy to use, fast and responsive.

I like music. For quite some time, I have been playing guitar in black metal bands. I am interested in culture in the broad sense of the word – learning about traditions, arts, and history. I like to go to the mountains and climb volcanoes. One day I will leave in search of Captain Grant and climb the Ojos del Salado volcano in Argentina.

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