Eric Gundersen
President, Development Seed

Website | @ericg

Eric is President of Development Seed, an online strategy shop in Washington, DC that specializes in building tools with open source software for international development agencies. Eric has developed communications strategies and tools for organizations around the world, ranging from international development organizations to major media outlets. Recently he has been mapping food security projects in Africa, developing the intranet at the World Bank for their international communications team, and building decentralized data collection tools to survey public health organizations’ capacity to respond to bird flu outbreak on the ground in Southeast Asia.

Eric’s interest in effective communications and background in international development has led him to develop news tracking and aggregation tools, SMS and mobile applications, and most recently mapping solutions and data visualizations. He uses his technical experience and international development background to lead projects for development agencies like the United Nations, the World Food Programme, IFPRI, InterAction, and Human Rights Watch. His work has landed him on NPR discussing open data, in the Washington Post discussing mobile campaign tools, and on Nightline talking about culture jamming.

Recently, Eric’s focus has turned to opening up data and making it truly accessible through standards, online tools, and powerful visualizations. One recent project he led with the New America Foundation opened up data on all 14,000 U.S. school districts. Eric has also become a frequent speaker on open data, giving talks at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference, the Open Government on the Internet conference, and DrupalCon, an open source developers conference.

Eric earned his Masters Degree in International Development from American University in Washington, DC. He co-founded Development Seed while researching technology access and microfinance in Peru.


Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Eric Gundersen (Development Seed)
Average rating: *****
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More government data is being opened up and made more accessible, but what does that really look like? This session will demo and discuss four examples of government data being used to provide valuable information to the public that previously wasn't accessible, including examples that use city government data, data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and GIS data from a UN agency. Read more.
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