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Challenges for taking your Open Data hack from tens to millions of users.

Challenges for taking your Open Data hack from tens to millions of users.

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  • How to Scale your Hacks Luke Closs Founder & CTO, OpenWest Systems @lukec - http://openwe.st
  • Speaker Background• Based in Vancouver, BC• Telecomm, Anti-spam, Collaboration• HTTP, Open Web, Juggling & Circus• Co-founder of Vancouver Hack Space• VanTrash, Budget visualization, gut, Parliament scrapers, Corporate registry tools, Election finance tools, Recollect, Open Data catalogues, Marine AIS Traffic, CKAN, datadotgc.ca, sidewalk chalk dataviz, hackathons, Open Data Day, …
  • Start with a hack: VanTrash
  • The Beginning
  • A few months later…
  • There is something here!
  • How can we bringthis to more people?
  • Problem:Cities don’t embrace hacks.Cities don’t embrace hacks.Cities don’t embrace
  • Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks
  • Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Many of these ideas will “fail”. That’s okay.
  • Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks The good innovations typically move to the right.
  • Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Citizens Established Vendors
  • Realization:Cities are missing out.Cities are missing out.Cities are missing out.
  • Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Cities miss out, these solutions are too cheap!
  • Nobody will use this!• City won’t use it.• City won’t link to it.• City would need a SLA.• No business to provide a SLA.• Cost would be too low.• Project will probably die out.
  • Why is that bad?• The city can’t do cheap things• The city can’t collaborate with citizens• This limits opportunity for new vendors to provide greatly cheaper services.
  • To achieve goals:Become a Vendor
  • Re-design Re-brandRe-architect Re-build ReCollect ReCollect ReCollect ReCollect
  • Product that is truly unique & providessignificant value to municipalities.
  • Truly amazing collaborations withCity of Ottawa, many others …
  • (~75% of Ottawahouseholds have used ReCollect!)
  • Growing customerbase, across North America
  • InternationalDistribution Partners!
  • In Summary• Open data + Ideas + Hacks ➨Innovation• Innovations + Time + Effort ➨ Products• Building a open data company is: • fucking hard • fucking stressful • fucking awesome
  • Thank you• Tweet me: @lukec• Email me: luke@recollect.net