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  • cqwww 9:33 am on April 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    idea: A dating app like tinder, but instead of a recent selfie, it’s a pile of the books you’ve read in the last 3 months.

    • cqwww 11:59 am on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: angel, creation, , , funding, government, , , ideas, , open data, public   

      Open Data Society of British Columbia 

      The current premier of British Columbia has committed to supporting the concept of Open Data by creating DataBC. Never before have British Columbians had access to so much public data. If you’ve never heard of Open Data, the open definition is

      Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.

      You can read more about the definition at opendatahandbook.org. I personally have used the data from DataBC for a few fun projects, most recently publishing a map of every government liquor store in British Columbia. What makes this process unique to me is I had the idea for such a map, so I contacted the folks at DataBC and made a request for the data. Once they published it in their data catalogue, they notified me it was now available! DataBC also has a blog that might interest you.

      If you find yourself more creative in the company of your peers, check out hackathons; events where software developers and the community get together and typically in one marathon stretch, to create something that didn’t exist before. My friends at OpenDataBC regularly host hackathons, if you have the chance to participate in one, don’t miss it, even if you have no software development experience. They’ve started a list of projects created at hackathons. If you’ve got a lot of hackathon experience under your belt, you might also want to check out AngelHack, an annual hackathon that spreads 4 major U.S. cities that has angel investors offering advice and funding for your hacks.

      As the concept of Open Data is relatively new, one of the biggest challenges in the community is spreading awareness of the concept, and potential uses for the data. As such, I was excited to hear about yesterday’s launch of the Open Data Society of British Columbia that appears will resolve these issues.

      Can you think of any government data you could use for commercial or fun? Get started today by going through the data catalogue, or contact them and ask for the data you’re looking for, and join the Open Data Society of British Columbia, they’re actively looking for members!



      • cqwww 1:55 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: , ideas, ideas meetings, , , , ,   

        The sharing of ideas 

        While ideas meetings started in Victoria over three years ago, and IdeaWave 2 years ago, there are now a bunch of other community based idea sharing groups in the city, including Pecha Kucha, as well as the various TEDx events that will start happening this year, the first one I believe to be TEDxJuandeFuca being this week-end.

        Read Rob Wipond’s article in FOCUS magazine on all of these community based events.

        You should also note that along the side of this blog, there is a Victoria based community calendar that lists all of these type of events and more. If you have a community event that’s similar, contact me to add it. If you’d like to embed the calendar into your website, also contact me and I’ll give you access. Let’s continue the spread of ideas, and making them happen!


        • cqwww 12:50 am on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: IdeaCity, ideas, , , TEDActive, , TEDxJuanDeFuca, TEDxMileZero, TEDxUVic, TEDxVictoria, TEDxYouth   

          Explaining IdeaWave, and resolving the TEDx confusion 

          “TEDActive prerelease tickets for March 2nd starts now” “No, TEDx is on March 12th in the email I saw?” “Where do we register?” “On Facebook” “No, on the Belfry’s website” A discussion on an email list I’m on went something like this. Clearly there is some confusion about TEDx in Victoria, so I will try to explain it.

          First off, I run an ideas conference called IdeaWave, and it is in no way associate with TED or anything TED related. The only similarity is that we’re both ideas conference, but we’re not competing. There’s one other idea conference I’m aware of, IdeaCity. I’ve alway wanted to go to TED, and IdeaCity, but they are ~$7,000 and $3,000 respectively, so they are not approachable to most. If you do manage to go, you are a name brand person who gets to meet name brand critical thinkers.

          As the high financial cost was one of the major reasons that I created IdeaWave, if I was going to make an ideas conference it would be approachable to the masses. IdeaWave is $50 to attend this year. Instead of monetizing off of the attendees, I would monetize off organizational sponsors — organizations that want to support idea generation and innovation. The mission statement for IdeaWave is to engage critical thinkers in the community, with the goal of fostering innovation.

          Then I decided, if I’m going to create my own ideas conference, what would an ideal conference look like to me? I decided to try several new things that I’m not aware have ever been done before at an ideas conference:

          • No limit on subject matter. For example, talks are not limited to Technology, Entertainment and Design.
          • 10 minute talks. This forces speakers to separate the wheat from the chaff.
          • 50 talks in two days. If the talks are only 10 minutes each, how many can we fit into a week-end without complete mental shut down?
          • Make it affordable to the vast majority of the community. As mentioned above, monetize from sponsorships instead.
          • Amazing people with amazing ideas, you’ve never heard of. As the founder, and regular at the Victoria Ideas meeting, as well as many other ideas meetings around the world, I’ve met inventors and innovators doing things that are going to change the world. Creating a venue for them to be heard is something I want to be a part of.

          For a list of the three ideas conferences this year that I’m aware of:

          • IdeaWave – February 26 & 27, 2011 – Victoria, Canada
          • TED – February 28-March 4, 2011 – Long Beach, CA
          • IdeaCity – June 15, 16, 17, 2011 – Toronto, Canada

          So anyway, back to TEDx. With TED’s brand, they’ve created a process that people can independently organize TED events. Mind you, to run one it has to be approved, and  you must follow strict requirements to be eligible.

          What happened this year has created some confusion, it appears that 6 TEDx events in Victoria have just been approved by TED, all in about the same month. Or at least, the various people who were authorized to create a TEDx in Victoria all found out about each other around the same time.

          This is the list of Victoria based TEDxs I’m aware of:

          You can get the full details on John’s TEDxJuanDeFuca website. What is really exciting to me is that I’ve become great friends with several of the local TEDx organizers since meeting them, and they are working collaboratively instead of competitively which is great to see. As long as each one manages to keep their unique branding without the various events diluting together, which is clearly happening right now and needs resolved, it looks like this is going to be the best year for sharing ideas in Victoria, ever!


          • John Mardlin 10:54 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for this Chris. Clarification of what’s happening re: TEDx in Victoria is one of our biggest priorities right now. I’m hoping that Yukari and Russ can help us do that through TEDxJuanDeFuca’s social media. We’ll also be putting a lot of effort into the clarification on the March 2 event.

            Thanks for trailblazing ideas in Victoria. See you this weekend!

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