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Denis Gursky (1991 Open Data Incubator, SocialBoost)

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Denis Gursky (1991 Open Data Incubator, SocialBoost)

Denis Gursky – Digital Communications and Civic Engagement Expert.

Denis is the founder of SocialBoost NGO and CEO of 1991 Open Data Incubator.

1991 Open Data Incubator is the first non-commercial incubator in Ukraine which is focused to develop projects based on open and big data.

SocialBoost NGO improves a set of innovative instruments incl. Open Data, that improves civic engagement and makes government more digitalized — thus accountable, transparent and open.

Denis works on complex strategies for government and commercial sector. Also, he used to be a founder of a startup while he lived in US and loves to perform as a music DJ.


7:00 pm Registration, drinks, snacks, networking

8:00 pm Fireside chat with Denis Gursky

9:00 pm Drinks, networking, go home

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