The Power of Platforms

Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

If there’s one thing we learn from Apple’s iPhone, it’s the power of a platform to spark innovation. Apple revolutionized the smartphone market not just by producing an innovative phone, but by opening up that phone to independent developers. As if by magic, the 15 to 20 applications they designed and released themselves soon became hundreds of thousands, in a textbook demonstration of just what can happen when you harness the power of the marketplace.

So too, government programs can be designed as platforms rather than as fully-specified applications. In this section of the program, we look at some key areas where government is demonstrating strategic mastery of platform thinking, as well as at some innovative private sector programs that can be adapted for government use.

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  • NIC
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  • Telligent
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