Denis Gursky: ‘Apps are making Ukraine a better country’

With the 2015 Open Data Awards just around the corner, we catch up with new media and digital technology expert, Denis Gursky, a finalist for the Open Data Individual Champion Award.

The Open Data Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in open data across the world. Hundreds of inspiring people and organisations have been nominated across five categories, from social impact to publishing.

The awards will be held on July 9 at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square. Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.

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Denis Gursky

@denis_gursky

Hi Denis! How are you doing?

Hey! I’m looking forward to see all of my open data friends and colleagues at ODI Awards!

What do you, or your organisation, do in a nutshell?

I help the ecosystem of civic tech to be built around data in Ukraine. Now government, IT companies and IT volunteers are working on apps together to make a better country.

What first got you excited about open data?

At one of our first hackathons I remember that students couldn’t rate Kyiv hospitals as they didn’t have list addresses. Same issues started to pop up frequently. This was just two years ago.

What are your biggest data challenges?

I’m fighting paper everyday. When we will stop using paper to collect and share data, then it’s a new world.

What kind of open data would you like to see more of?

We just need all of it. More data is always better. You never know who will find some dataset useful.

How do you feel about being nominated for an open data award?

It’s such a great feeling to realise that you’re doing what you like and that some distant people also recognise this.

The Open Data Awards will be held on July 9 in partnership with Bloomberg at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square.

Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.

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