Open data activists and experts shared their best open data failures in a fail festival--My Best Open Data Failure--on February 23 in Kyiv, organized by EF's Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services project

Speakers Vadym Gudyma, Ruslana Velychko-Tryfoniuk, Olexii Vyskub, and a guest enjoy Open Data Fail Fest.

Until now, when open data experts get together, they only report the success stories and projects implemented, but never talk about what hasn’t worked out and why. If the Open Data practitioners in Ukraine would share their less successful experiences, they become lessons learned to improve the work in the future. 

Open Data activist Andrii Gazin described the event as stand up comedy about open data. It allows us to have a sense of humor and learn from our work.

Four speakers shared their misadventures in open data: 

  • Vadym Gudyma, a digital security trainer for journalists and former manager of the Ukrainian parliament’s “Open Data Portal of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”
  • Ruslana Velychko-Tryfoniuk, coordinator of the civil network OPORA and TechSoup project, Apps4Cities or “Дані міст”  
  • Olexii Sobolev, project leader at ProZorro, Ukraine’s e-procurement platform and advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure 
  • Oleksii Vyskub, deputy head of the State Agency for Electronic Governance

Speakers shared their real-life adventures with open data in an interactive discussion. Considering our “best open data failures” allows us to reflect on our own missteps and to learn from them, which strengthens the open data community’s ability to improve on our work going forward.

This event was the first one of the series of public events, aimed at strengthening the open data society in Ukraine that we will hold together with “Data Journalism Agency” ( Follow the project's Facebook page and website for more information.

Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services is a five-year, $19 million program that works with Ukrainian citizens, the central government, and municipalities to improve public procurement, eServices, and access to public data to help reduce corruption.

Open Data Fail Fest Host Andrii Gazin

 Open Data Fail Fest Speaker Olexii Sobolev

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