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-foun...
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”.           ...
Ideas &        Projects Products   Services   Infrastructure Hacks           The good innovations typically               ...
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.• ...
Why is that bad?• The city can’t do cheap things• The city can’t collaborate with citizens• This limits opportunity for ne...
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...
Thank you• Tweet me: @lukec• Email me: luke@recollect.net
How to scale an open data hack
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How to scale an open data hack

  1. 1. How to Scale your Hacks Luke Closs Founder & CTO, OpenWest Systems @lukec - http://openwe.st
  2. 2. 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, …
  3. 3. Start with a hack: VanTrash
  4. 4. The Beginning
  5. 5. A few months later…
  6. 6.
  7. 7. There is something here!
  8. 8. How can we bringthis to more people?
  9. 9. Problem:Cities don’t embrace hacks.Cities don’t embrace hacks.Cities don’t embrace
  10. 10. Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks
  11. 11. Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Many of these ideas will “fail”. That’s okay.
  12. 12. Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks The good innovations typically move to the right.
  13. 13. Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Citizens Established Vendors
  14. 14. Realization:Cities are missing out.Cities are missing out.Cities are missing out.
  15. 15. Ideas & Projects Products Services Infrastructure Hacks Cities miss out, these solutions are too cheap!
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. To achieve goals:Become a Vendor
  19. 19. Re-design Re-brandRe-architect Re-build ReCollect ReCollect ReCollect ReCollect
  20. 20. Product that is truly unique & providessignificant value to municipalities.
  21. 21. Truly amazing collaborations withCity of Ottawa, many others …
  22. 22. (~75% of Ottawahouseholds have used ReCollect!)
  23. 23. Growing customerbase, across North America
  24. 24. InternationalDistribution Partners!
  25. 25. In Summary• Open data + Ideas + Hacks ➨Innovation• Innovations + Time + Effort ➨ Products• Building a open data company is: • fucking hard • fucking stressful • fucking awesome
  26. 26. Thank you• Tweet me: @lukec• Email me: luke@recollect.net

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