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SXSW Interactive 2013

Creating a DIY API: Open Source for Makers

What would happen if the design and fashion industries, not just technology, operated as if IP patents hindered innovation? I’ll show you why my co-founder and I decided to quit our jobs designing for fashion houses to create For the Makers, where anyone can learn a new technique, read up on the latest trends and inspire others.
When we found out fashion bloggers were reverse-engineering our designs and sharing the DIYs with their readers, we decided to listen to the market. Open source fashion seemed like a crazy idea but we quit our jobs and started publishing our designs for free.
I’ll cover the reasons for sharing what you know, how to start, and what to hold back. I’ll cover actionable strategies to turn enthusiasts into experts (or happier enthusiasts) and how to earn trust and credibility in your field. We’ll discuss why making your field a place that encourages sharing is good for everyone while still allowing you to monetize on your expertise.

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  1. Why give away knowledge for free?
  2. If everyone becomes an expert then what happens to me?
  3. What information do you save for clients or customers?
  4. Will empowering others help your business or hurt it?
  5. How do you monetize industry expertise while still creating dialogue in your space?



Katie Covington, co-founder, For the Makers

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  • Tags: community, open source
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Level: Beginning
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