OpenDataSoft is thrilled to kick the Summer off with an exciting announcement: we are proud to have been chosen as a winner in the 2016 Amazon Web Services City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, solidifying our status as a global Open Data innovator!
The Global City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge is a program that recognizes developers or local and regional governments that are innovating for the benefit of citizens, using the AWS Cloud. Awards are given across three categories: Partners in Innovation, Dream Big, and Best Practices. OpenDataSoft was chosen for the Partners in Innovation Award for providing an application that solves local government challenges.
A panel of worldwide experts selected 15 winners from a pool of 43 finalists. The awards are based on the solution’s impact, the long-term likelihood of success, potential to help other local governments solve similar challenges, and the implementation of AWS services. We would like to offer our congratulations to our fellow City on a Cloud Challenge winners!
We’ve been busy these last few months…
This new global recognition wraps up an action-packed spring for OpenDataSoft. Recent news includes:
- Recognition as an IDC Innovator in the Smart City Open Data Platforms Market 2016
- Team growth to 30 members in both Europe and the United States
- Participation in White House Round Table events and other global conferences
“Six short months ago in December, we had the pleasure of celebrating OpenDataSoft’s fourth birthday alongside many of our customers in France. In this short time, we’re proud we can look at a map of the world and locate users in 10 countries in all corners of the globe; they’re as far away as Australia, the U.S., Canada and Saudi Arabia, and closer to home in countries such as Sweden and Portugal. Through our close collaboration with our users, our team has brought the solution to where it is today, helping to propel this phenomenal growth and positioning,” said Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO and Co-Founder of OpenDataSoft.
Leading up to the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington D.C. on June 21, when the announcement was made, OpenDataSoft was featured on the stage at the Amazon Web Services Summit in Paris. During a keynote speech delivered by Awa Ndiaye, Open Innovation Project Manager for the City of Paris, the City of Paris revealed its strong relationship with both OpenDataSoft and Amazon. Ndiaye noted that the City currently stores over 48 million records on its Open Data platform, powered by OpenDataSoft, and will be pursuing its ambitious Smart City program with both OpenDataSoft and Amazon Web Services.
— Fanny Goldschmidt (@foldschmidt) 31 mai 2016
The Frenchies are Coming!
In only four short years, OpenDataSoft is able to confirm its position as a global leader as a Smart City and Open Data innovator thanks to these recent and numerous accolades. Over 70 cities, government administrations, transportation providers, energy companies, and many more actors across the globe are now using the platform to spur open, transparent, and innovative communities and companies. With this momentum, we are ready to announce plans to even further solidify our position as an international player.
One of our co-founders, Franck Carassus, will be moving to the United States and setting up a United States Headquarters for OpenDataSoft in Boston, Massachusetts. With two team members currently based in North Carolina, OpenDataSoft will begin growing our team and expanding our presence outside of Europe.
This will be a great new adventure for OpenDataSoft, and we will have plenty of more details to come! If you would like to stay up to date on our news, please go ahead and sign up for our newsletter!
The state of us Open Data Legislation
The United States Congress is currently working on new Open Data legislation at the Federal level. Click below to learn more about our upcoming webinar, featuring Jason Hare, Daniel Castro from the Center for Data Innovation, and Mark Headd, talking all about the subject.