How Obama for America Built Apps

event details

September 19, 2013
from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
address 1871
street 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
city/town Chicago
phone 7345604963
website or map http://www.chicagole…
organized by The Chicago Lean Startup Circle
type Networking 

event description

In 583 days, the Obama campaign designed, deployed, and dismantled over 200 applications that operated at global scale. How did the technology team pull off deploying a new application on average every three days within the boundaries of the well insulated political arena? How did the team decide which apps to move forward with, and which to keep, especially in such a short time frame?  What lessons should the rest of us understand to find similar success in our own ventures?
Join us for a discussion on all of this and more with Scott Van Den Plas.  As Director of DevOps for the Obama campaign, Scott was the primary architect of the platform behind the Obama technology team (  Scott is working with local Chicago startup MarkITx ( and also leads the consulting firm EL EL SEE LLC ( with other Obama campaign alumni.  EL EL SEE is currently working with organizations from startups to publicly traded Fortune 100 companies, as well as developing a growing line of their own products.  Follow Scott at or connect with him at
Early bird tickets: $10 until 5pm on Thursday, September 2nd 
Regular price tickets: $15 through September 16th 
After September 16th admission will be $25 per person 
6:00 PM to 6:50 PM - Networking over Pizza and Beer 
6:50 PM to 7:00 PM - Announcements 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Speaker and Q&A 
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