Trends For 2012: Digital Services Innovator On Leveraging Open Data

NYC’s Rachel Sterne says that entrepreneurs are going to be able to improve people’s lives and society.

To support a new initiative from Intel aimed at uncovering and supporting young Innovators, PSFK has tapped some of the world’s established innovators to share some insights into what young entrepreneurs should be on the lookout for in 2012. We asked Rachel Sterne, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer to share some of her thoughts on the ideas that will be exciting her in the coming year.

Rachel says that governments around the world have access to vast data resources. When entrepreneurs are granted access to this data, and are able to bring their creativity to the table, they can improve people’s lives as they improve society — and can even build a sustainable business model on top of that utility. She told PSFK:

Open government data and APIs present a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs. We’ve seen open commercial APIs, like those of Twitter and Google, result in numerous forms of innovation ranging from the creation of new ecosystems to new features and services for users — all while making the original platform even more critical. Now, as more governments recognize this potential, they are developing similar technologies that invite innovation, collaboration and crucially, more efficient, personalized service to the public.

For entrepreneurs, this translates into a unique chance to leverage the powerful resources and data of New York City government and create value for individuals. We’ve been thrilled with the success of NYC OpenData-powered apps.  The apps developed using this data do everything from helping people find parking spaces to finding out if a restaurant passed health inspections or spontaneously organizing a pick-up basketball game.

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Sponsor note: PSFK has partnered with Intel to bring you insights and trend predictions from some of the world’s established innovators. But 2012 is a new year, and Intel is on the lookout for the next great Innovator. Intel’s expert panel will award one Innovator $50,000 and one Fan will win the right to determine which Innovator gets another $50,000, the proceeds of which will be used by the Innovators to bring to their great idea to life. If you think you are the next big thing, PSFK encourages you to submit your thoughts on Intel’s Facebook page.

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