A note to all of our supporters — the end of a chapter at Ample Labs 🧡

This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write — however with every ending comes a new beginning. We want to be transparent to our end-users, supporters, and community as to why we made this decision.

This was a difficult decision and something that took months to decide, but the leadership & team, and I have decided to move on officially as full-time employees, and cease core operations at Ample Labs.

We had a great run at Ample Labs for the last 3 years and gave it everything we got, we saw a tremendous uptick & utilization of Chalmers within the cities/municipalities we launched Chalmers in (50% of Ontario, available to over 7 million Canadians). We had amazing strategic corporate partners, granters, community partners, and donors that helped us to try and make our mission a reality.

We knew like at a certain point, we gave it everything we had— we wanted so badly to get the product to work. Ultimately, we couldn’t achieve the intended impact we originally set out to achieve within the time horizon we set for ourselves with Chalmers.

We decided to move on for the following reasons:

We’ve decided to give our remaining $ back to our grantors, customers, community partners and let our partners, donors, and everyone else know.

Ample Labs will continue with volunteers to keep Chalmers up and running for a year (until July 2022) and open-source the code-base on our Github here so that any city around the world can pick up the code and deploy a local instance in minutes. We will still be checking and monitoring general@amplelabs.co if anyone wants to send us a note or chat.

This would be a super sad story if we didn’t go into sharing what we’ve learned along the way.

Lastly, I wanna say a huge thank you to all those that have supported us — all our Chalmers Champions, the overall impact we’ve created will continue to live on and touch the lives of those around us, in the last 3-years we had:

  • Simon & Alex got out of homelessness thanks to employment at Ample Labs
  • Over 30+ paid full-time & part-time employees & contractors
  • 12 new jobs from individuals who volunteered at Ample Labs
  • 1000+ skills-based volunteers from companies like Google, Shopify, TD Bank working with us at Ample Labs & on Chalmers from people around the world!
  • 15 Corporate Partners from Fortune500 companies come to partner with us including Google, Twitter, Cisco & more!
  • 10 Community Partners & Foundations support our work including United Ways & CFC
  • Chalmers had over 330K+ total unique users which included police officers, social workers, nurses, teachers, librarians, PSW, etc.

This was a communal journey to impact the local community; we couldn’t have done this without you, and we’re grateful to every friend, mentor, advisor, colleague, volunteer, contractor, employee, board member, donor, and partner for making Ample Labs what it is today.

Lastly, if you feel like you’ve been deeply impacted by our mission and want to say a note, you can send in your note to general@amplelabs.co and we’ll be putting them up on this page here 🧡

Thank you all! 🙏

From CG Chen (Founder & CEO)

For those that are curious — what are we up to next? (We’re now at Mello, tackling employee burnout)



ample Labs is a social enterprise empowering those of us facing homelessness with technology. 👉 https://www.amplelabs.co

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ample Labs is a social enterprise empowering those of us facing homelessness with technology. 👉 https://www.amplelabs.co