Episode the Nineteenth: Open Data, Open City, Open Minds

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Many people in Edmonton know the name “Mack Male“. A young Edmontonian, one of the champions of the Open Data movement, local software developer and blogger, and social media maven, Mack has [perhaps inadvertently] asserted himself as what I’ve come to refer to as Edmonton’s prodigal digital son. “Prodigal” because he is a prodigious individual who once moved away to the Territories, but ultimately returned to the City of Champions. “Digital” because he exists nowhere but on the internets, and anyone who does meet Mack in person should know they’re interacting with an advanced robot.

I’m kidding. Mack’s no robot. In fact, he’s one of the smartest and nicest people I’ve met in this city.

My first encounter with Mack was at DemoCamp 3, I believe. He was the young dude taking photos of everyone and assisting Cam Linke and Kevin Swan with the event. He looked like any other geek. When I eventually found my way onto Twitter, I realized that in the ever-growing Edmonton online community, Mack is a key influencer. A Big Deal™, if you will.

Mack and I have become friends over the last few years, as our paths cross fairly often due to several shared passions. It made sense to have him on the show. It’s taken us too long to get him into the studio.

So, Scott and I present to you the Mack Male episode, where we discuss his views on the Open Data movement, social media, blogging and even what life up north was like. If you enjoy it or not, leave a comment and let us know!



It’s true! After so much joking and tongue-in-cheek referrals to Edmonton’s newspaper of record on our show, the Edmonton Journal decided to put their money where our mouths are, by sponsoring the Unknown Studio this month!

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Thanks to Dave Cournoyer for allowing us to use one of his photos for this post.


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4 Responses to “Episode the Nineteenth: Open Data, Open City, Open Minds”

  1. daveberta
    March 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Where’s the photo?

    Great podcast∑ btw.

    • Adam Rozenhart
      March 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

      Dave: it’s up in the show preview strip near the top of the page!

  2. daveberta
    March 16, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Rad. Great photoshopping skillz.

  3. Jeff S.
    March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Still not convinced he’s not a robot.