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Open Marketplace is Local, Feeless, and Open-Source!

23 Apr 2020 - John

Time flies; the week five competition is over, and amidst the rush, Sebastian Heußer was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Open Marketplace project from his home in Saarland Germany.

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Can you tell us about your project?

We are a community that builds e-commerce and communication tools for Smart cities. We believe platforms are not the answer to crises like Covid-19. Big platforms have harmed small shops long before this pandemic; we believe that a new platform won’t solve problems. Our goal is to build free software that cities and small communities can use as their own platform. We operate via donation-a model inspired by Linux and Mozilla. Our first priority is to maintain user privacy. With collective action, we believe our vision can become a reality. If you want to join the community and help us to make it happen, consider yourself cordially invited!

How did your team come together?

We got to know each other and found our common vision via this Twitter account and this Discord server.

Can you tell us about your team members?

Orlando Noor is from Germany, and handled our business development and marketing needs. Sven Reiser is a designer from Germany, and Aaron Z. Davis, our frontend developer, is from California. I’m from Saarland in Germany, and brought my full stack development skills to the project.

How was the experience of working remotely?

We are digital designers, developers and online marketers, which means that we are used to remote work. It wasn’t a big deal. We used Discord to communicate amongst ourselves and a much wider community. This is a grand vision, and many people wanted to help deliver it.

How does it feel to be collaborating on a project at a time like this?

It is a big motivation to work for a vision where decentralized communities act as their own local platforms on a feeless basis. Furthermore, it is a fascinating experience to get extra motivation from hackathons like this. We as a team have to say thank you to the organizers – we wouldn’t have gotten so far without you!

What tools, made available by the hackathon, are you using?

Discord for internal communication, and Github for code collaboration.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Stay healthy and support your local community! #OMA

Thanks Sebastian, and congratulations once again to you and the Open Marketplace team. Best of luck in the final competition!

Now’s the time for all teams to submit your projects for the final competition, and take your fight against COVID-19 to the next level.

Teams have until April 30th at 23:59 UTC to apply. You can apply here.

Website: Open Marketplace
Source code: Github
Country: Germany/USA