During WWDC, I caught up with Saul Mora again, and we did an interview for his podcast, NSBrief.
We spoke about how I got involved in Appsterdam, life in Amsterdam, Appsterdam’s original HQ at Westergasfabriek and the new “Appsterdam Centraal” provided by BounceSpace, Appsterdam Legal Fund and how to deal with patent trolls, and much, much more…
Last night, Appsterdam had its first Volunteers Night, which was organised by Merel Ivens. It was a great night, with new volunteers turning up, and those of us who have been volunteering for a while sharing our experiences.
Here’s what I had to say:
My name is Paul Darcey, I’m Australian, and the CEO of Appsterdam.
About a year ago, I came here to see what Appsterdam was really about. It was just after WWDC and I came for Appsterdam’s Launch Party. I was blown away to see so many app makers from all over the world had come here for the Launch Party. And I thought to myself, “This is actually happening! This isn’t just a bunch of guys with an idea and hype and nothing else. All those people proved that Amsterdam was actually capable of becoming ‘the best place in the world to be an app maker.’”
So I stayed.
I started going to the Meeten & Drinkens and the Lunchtime Lectures. That turned out to be a great way to meet people and get to know them. And I started asking if there was anything I could do to help out but at the time I got no real response…
Eventually, in the lead up to Picnic last September, I was asked to help out with Appsterdam’s presence there. After that, I got asked more and more to help with various things. I must have done something right (or terribly, terribly wrong!) because in March Mike asked me if I could stand in as CEO for him while he was in Taiwan on vacation for a month. I figured, “It’s only for a month; I won’t have to do much, everything’s under control” so I said yes.
Then, a couple of days later, he came back and asked if I’d take the role permanently. So I’m stuck with it!
All this is to say, that if you start volunteering, in about 6 months, you too could be CEO of Appsterdam! It worked for me.
Because we’re such a young organisation, we basically need people for everything. Check out our site for things that need to be done, or come see me, Merel, Klaas or Gavin.
In case anyone hasn’t heard, I’m hanging out in Appsterdam for the European summer. I came here specifically because of the great things I’d heard about the community and once I got here, I was very happy to find out it was all true. As a small contribution my friend Samuel and I have started the Welcome to Appsterdam podcast, a weekly catalogue of what’s happening around this awesome town. You can subscribe through iTunes.
I hope you enjoy it!
The InnoViz project is looking for a designer with experience in data visualization.The designer will collaborate with the CIRCA team and MediaLAb (HvA) students for building an interactive data-visualization application that will visualize data about the app making ecosystem in Amsterdam. Duration: July, September - December 2012 (5 months) Type: Part-time (1 day per week)
Good sense of aesthetics - Solid foundation in programming. Proficient in data visualization concepts and theory. Proficient in statistics and creating algorithms. Proficient in visual analysis and interactive design.
Help with determining tools and practices for the data gathering and analysis. Leading the creation of visualization concepts and prototypes. Provide input and feedback throughout the process.
You will work independently, in collaboration with the other members of the team. A workplace can be provided at either the UvA facilities or at the Appsterdam HQ. Workflow is flexible as long as deliverables are on time. There is a fixed budget available for this role. Terms and conditions will be negotiated.
Please send an email indicating your interest and include a CV or Portfolio.
Olga Paraskevopoulou olga.skp[at]uva.nl @olmageddon
The CIRCA InnoViz project
The project is developed under the framework of the Creative Industries Research Center Amsterdam (CIRCA), department of Humanities, UvA, coordinated by Prof. J. Simons and Dr. S. Olma. CIRCA collaborates with Appsterdam and AIM for creating an inventory of the App Ecosystem and use visualization techniques to provide insights on the data subsets generated. The database that will be produced will be handed in September 2012 to the MediaLAb (HvA) students for further data analysis, research and developing case-studies.
Data-modeling | data-mining
We are looking for a developer to work together with the CIRCA team for a practice-based research project powered by UvA, AIM and Appsterdam.
Duration: 4 months
You will work independently, in collaboration with the other members of the team.
A workplace can be provided at either the UvA facilities or at the Appsterdam HQ.
Workflow is flexible as long as deliverables are on time.
There is a fixed budget available for this role. Terms and conditions will be negotiated.
Requirements - deliverables
Work on the design and implementation of a database containing data about the App ecosystem in Amsterdam.
Be responsible for the implementation of the data-model and for providing input and feedback on the design of the model.
Help retrieve data by mining the various APIs available (Twitter, Meetup.com, LinkedIn, etc.) and importing data from various delivered data sources (e.g. KvK, AIM).
Be provisioned in noSQL, database administration and at least one programming language (preferably Ruby) to expose a GUI to the database to the research team.
Be familiar with data visualization concepts and theory.
Prior dataviz project experience is a plus.
The CIRCA projectThe project is developed under the framework of the Creative Industries Research Center Amsterdam (CIRCA), department of Humanities, UvA, coordinated by Prof. J. Simons and Dr. S. Olma. CIRCA collaborates with Appsterdam and AIM for creating an inventory of the App Ecosystem and use visualization techniques to provide insights on the data subsets generated. More info on the project on the CIRCA blogContact personOlga Paraskevopoulouolga.skp[at]uva.nl@olmageddon
is looking for apps (published or under development) that tackle city problems or make citizen everyday-life easier. Examples from the city of Amsterdam but also from another 6 EU cities will be showcased at an online wiki
and the best will be selected and funded from the EU.
Possible functions: Parks & Recreation, Citizen Services & Collective Action, Data Conversion, Budget & Finance, Administration, Health & Social Services,Transportation, Weather
Initiative under the EU programme Commons4EU: Code Commons
7 cities are participating in Commons4EU: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Manchester, Rome and UK-NESTA
The cities are working together for developing collaborative web projects following the methodology of Code for America by opening existing code in the participating cities and leveraging the European EPSI platform.
They should: – Be web/mobile applications. – Enable cities to connect with their constituencies in ways that reduce administrative cost and engage citizens more effectively. – Support the move toward transparency and collaboration. – Be shareable, meaning that an application built for one city could be used by any other city.