We spent the summer building a sales team as well as a new and even prettier version of Fundtracker. Because we are now more established and because we keep getting requests for to use our data and expertise for custom jobs, we decided to spend some more time letting people know more about the "how" behind our work at Ajah. This consulting website is part of that, and so the increase in presenting at conferences. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Geneva to present our work at the Open Knowledge Foundation's annual conference. It was mainly, but not exclusively on the subject of government open data. It was exciting to attend working sessions with World Bank and the UNDP as well as players like the Sunlight Foundation, OpenCorporates, MapBox and others whose work we've followed closely over the years and whose technology we've used.
Although our presentation focused on how we pull multiple types of data (corporate registries, government spending and charity filings, etc.) together to solve problems the attendees were mostly interested in how we had found a business model for open data.
Then, last week I presented our work at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary. We happy to be included on a panel with Lucy Bernholz and LiquidNet for Good's ED, Brian Walsh, who spoke about their groundbreaking project Markets for Good (which we refered to in an earlier post as a great introduction to the area in which we work). The topic of our panel was Open Data - Driving Scale and Impact.