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Open gaming platform Ouya matches funds for game developers

open innovation in gaming

When the hacker-friendly game console, the OUYA, was pitched as a kickstarter project in July of 2012 their tagline was "Cracking open the last closed platform." The Android-based console raised a staggering $8.6 million during its one month campaign and sparked a flurry of interest in indy game development and open hardware.

In their latest efforts to support independent content developers, OUYA has created a $1 million matching fund for game developers at, which will double kickstarter pledged funds up to $250,000.

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2012: Open innovation for government

2012: Open innovation for government

As we turn the calendar to the new year, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on what we've done here at Civic Commons over the past year, what we've learned, and where we're planning on heading next.

It's been a busy year for us. While the Civic Commons initiative began, slowly, as an informal partnership between Code for America and OpenPlans in early 2010, we really began working in earnest last May, thanks to generous startup support from the Omidyar Network, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.

Since then, we've accelerated our work towards our broad goal: » Read more


The making of Arduino, an open source electronics prototyping platform

The making of Arduino

IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, recently carried an article on the history of the popular open hardware microcontroller board, the Arduino. » Read more


Open education: Are Google and Chromebook helping or hurting?

There has been a good bit of press covering Google's Chromebook and how it will change, how it won't change, or how it » Read more