Madrid is full of potholes! People report them a lot, over 90 are reported daily.

Unfortunately, this data is not public and there is no way to know how many are out there and when they get fixed. Otrobache was born as a citizen tool to help this situation.

This is the first of many projects we are working on that develop the theme of Open Government.

We built:

  • Information architecture
  • Visual design
  • Client/Server development
  • GIS development
  • Mobile development
  • Deployment

    We wanted to quickly develop something simple. The tool needed to be really easy to use, in order to maximise participation, and shouldn’t require maintenance or infrastructure spending.


    We used the Google Fusion Tables API, allowing a scalable mapping solution based on Google Maps. With a bit of code here and there we developed the tool over a single weekend.


    Otrobache has been online since March 2010, with more than 700 potholes reported in more than 50 spanish localities.



    Streamlined reporting process

    A carefully designed reporting process allows users to add a new pothole in less than 10 seconds.


    Public data

    Otrobache grants free access to all collected pothole data, so everybody can comment, reuse or remix the information in new ways.


    iPhone and Android apps

    We provide apps for the most popular mobile devices, making it even easier to contribute to open data.

We take enjoyment in being a small and productive company that delivers great user experiences for stories that matter

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