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Open Source and Snowmageddon - Tech@State

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Open source software is critical to the next generation of crisis management. In this presentation, I presented a case study on hyper-local success using the Ushahidi software during the Snowmageddon …

Open source software is critical to the next generation of crisis management. In this presentation, I presented a case study on hyper-local success using the Ushahidi software during the Snowmageddon snow storms in Washington DC during 2010. I also spoke a bit about Joomla, an open source content management system.

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    • 1. Snowmageddon!
      Based on a true story
      By Ryan Ozimek - @cozimek
      February 11, 2011
    • 2. We’re going to move fast
      Feb 10, 2011
      Tech@State - cozimek@picnet.net - @cozimek
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    • 3. Who am I?
      Ryan Ozimek
      Common boy’s
      name in the 1970’s
      It’s Polish
      Feb 10, 2011
      Tech@State - cozimek@picnet.net - @cozimek
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      On the Twitter at…
    • 4. Who am I?
      Feb 10, 2011
      Tech@State - cozimek@picnet.net - @cozimek
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    • 5. Who am I?
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 6. Who am I?
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 7. Let’s get local
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 8. …more local…
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 9. …more local…
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    • 10. …hyper-local!
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 11. Washington DC meets snow…
      Feb 10, 2011
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    • 12. …well, it looked more like this.
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    • 13. Don’t sit around, do something
      Federal government shut down
      Businesses shut down
      Open source entrepreneurs at PICnet woke up
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    • 14. Don’t just sit around, do something
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    • 15. Open source trailblazers
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    • 16. Let’s use OSS to make a site that…
      Allows neighbors to help neighbors
      Aids the local government
      Enables us to test out a new open source tool
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    • 17. Ushahidi
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    • 18. Snowmageddon Clean Up
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    • 19. Snowmageddon Clean Up
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    • 20. Snowmageddon Clean Up
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    • 21. Snowmageddon Clean Up
      “you’ve got the technology, we’ve got the eyeballs…let’s work together”
      – essentially what someone at
      the Washington Post said to me
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    • 22. Snowmageddon Clean Up
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    • 23. By the numbers
      Start-to-live time: 2 hours
      Investment required: $7.99 (domain name)
      Visitors in first 12 hours: ~ 500 (Facebook)
      Visitors in first 48 hours: 33,000 (WashPost)
      Reports made: ~ 240
      Connections made: unknown (opportunity!)
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    • 24. The next generation
      d
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    • 25. A few “ah ha” moments
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    • 26. Municipalities fend for themselves
      Open source solutions can help smaller governments by lowering total cost of ownership and barriers to entry
      Still requires forethought, planning
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    • 27. Keep it simple, and fun
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    • 28. Media + tech = huge outreach
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    • 29. The first 24 hours are quiet
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    • 30. You need the right tools for the job
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    • 31. My core belief is reinforced
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    • 32. Thanks!
      Ryan Ozimek
      PICnet, Inc.
      cozimek@picnet.net
      Twitter: @cozimek
      Feb 10, 2011
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