armenia
armenia

Armenia has a proud history of innovative excellence. Armenians have been responsible for cutting-edge inventions and creative solutions such as the MRI machine, the ATM, the color TV and automatic transmission. The committment and importance of ICT to Armenia is demonstrated through its position as one of the Armenian government's three strategic areas of focus.

Tech In Armenia

4% of Armenia's GDP comes from IT, on par with most developed countries

ICT is one of the Armenian government's three strategic areas of focus

Highlights of local initiatives

  • PicsArt PicsArt is one of the leading image editing, collage, and drawing applications. With over 350 million downloads and 85 million monthly users, PicsArt spans the globe.
  • TUMO Center for Creative Technologies Free-of-charge digital media learning center which is revolutionizing the educational experience for teens at the intersection of technology and design.
  • Shadowmatic Single-player shadow puppet app
  • Armath Engineering Labs Free-of charge after-school program which educates thousands of students in STEM education, creating the next generation of Armenia's advanced technologists.
  • Zangi A free private messaging platform which focuses on providing secure encryption and protected personal data to its users.
  • COAF Smart Center An innovation center to empower rural communities

Interesting To Know

Armenia was the first country in the world to officially adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 A.D.

Yerevan is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. The fortress of Erebuni (Yerevan) was built in 782 BC, 29 years before building began in Rome.

Armenia has more chess grandmasters per capita than any other country. Today, chess is part of the curriculum in all public schools.

There are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia: Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin Monastery, Echmiadzin Cathedral and Churches, Zvartnots Temple, Geghard Monastery, and Azat Valley.

Armenia is home to the world's oldest leather shoe (5500 years old), sky observatory (7500 years old) and wine-making facility (6100 years old).

Lavash, a thin, slightly chewy, flatbread is a staple of Armenian cuisine, eaten with every meal. It is part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.