Abalakov’s real name is Oliver Kühn. The name “Abalakov” comes from Oliver’s enthusiasm for ice climbing. Abalakov is a gearless ice-climbing anchor used during abseiling and named after Vitaly Abalakov.
Oliver is cofounder of skobbler, where he deals mainly with commercial aspects. He learned a lot about digital maps when negotiating contracts with the commercial map providers during his last jobs at SiemensVDO and Navigon. During this journey, most of the commercial map providers changed from friends to enemies, so his interest in helping OpenStreetMap to succeed comes straight from the heart.
Oliver was elected as board member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation on 10th August 2010.
If you’re looking for a speaker, Oliver speaks on topics such as OpenStreetMap, Digital Mapping and Location-Based Services. He is fluent in German and English.
When he has spare time, you will find Oliver in the outdoors – preferably in the Alps. He has a weakness for a good Espresso. He understands how to work with a computer but rarely gets excited about technical bits and bytes stuff unless it improves his “real life”. Nonetheless, he spends a significant amount of time in front of his PC, either because of work or post-processing his digital images.
Oliver lives close to Bonn, Germany. He travels regularly between Bonn and Berlin.