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A tip for developers, would-be developers, mashup artists, coders, students and others from the BC Government – What if brilliant developers could use real-time data feeds to create mobile phone transit apps to locate moving buses?
The solution would be a win-win-win. Public transit organizations could provide a data feed showing where buses are located, industry could develop mobile phone apps, and customers who use the apps would get a better transit experience.
A search of mobile phone app stores will show that for parts of B.C., the transit example is reality – been there, done that!
How many more success stories could come to life if there was a way to easily repeat the pattern? What if B.C.’s technology industry and B.C.’s public sector could regularly engage in the co-creation, co-development and rapid adoption of innovation?
Enter the BC Developers’ Exchange Framework or BCDevExchange. We aim to make it easier to innovate and to experiment – to take an idea from concept to reality by testing, trialing, refining and collaborating between the B.C. public sector and the tech sector.
The BCDevExchange encourages B.C.’s world-class technology industry to use the digital resources of the B.C. public sector to help them develop commercial products and to expand market opportunities.
It’s a way to help grow B.C.’s technology industry simply by leveraging the B.C. public sector – its resources and unmet needs for innovative products and services.
The BCDevExchange Approach
BCDevExchange is a project in its early (alpha) stage. We have ideas, concepts, examples and lots of interesting conversations with people inside and outside the project. We’re using lean start-up theory, which means we’re treating project ideas as unproven assumptions that need to be explored and tested in case we need to adjust our thinking or development work.
The BCDevExchange Vision
BCDevExchange is exploring the idea of enabling an ecosystem of co-creation, commercialization and rapid adoption of innovation between the B.C. technology industry and the B.C. public sector.
We think BCDevExchange should be about making it easy for:
- B.C.’s technology industry to use the digital resources of the B.C. public sector in their own commercial developments;
- B.C.’s public sector organizations to rapidly adopt industry-developed innovations for service and operational improvement; and
- B.C.’s technology industry and B.C.’s public sector to collaborate, co-create and co-develop new products and services for sustained results.\