Jon Gosier is a respected blogger, software developer, and designer working at the intersection of open data, human rights, and African development.
He is the founder or co-founder of several organizations and initiatives including AfriLabs, Appfrica, Abayima, Hive Colab, MetaLayer and SeedCapitalAfrica. And has held a Executive leadership roles at others including Ushahidi and QuestionBox.
In 2012 Jon founded Abayima, a non-profit organization that provides technology solutions for protecting human rights and free speech around the globe. Abayima was inspired by the plight of activists in countries like Uganda, Syria, and Egypt when authorities severed (or monitored) citizen access to the internet or mobile communication. Abayima provides solutions that allow citizens and journalists to communicate in spite of such measures.
As the founder of MetaLayer, he and his team make software products for easy data analysis and visualization. MetaLayerâ€™s mission is to make the worldâ€™s data easier to understand, visualize, and share. In 2012 MetaLayer won the Audience Choice Award for best Startup at Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s Strata Conference.
He started Appfrica in 2008 while living in Kampala, Uganda, where the need for vehicles that supported local talent became apparent.
From 2009 to 2011 he served as a Director at Ushahidi, a non-profit organization that makes software for global disaster response. Ushahidi was influential in the global crisis response to the devastating 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and the equally tragic 2011 earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
Literature. The books, film, religion and other narratives that shape our thinking and understanding of the world.
I once heard the former president of Peru (Alejandro Toledo) speak about "The Economics of Inclusion" and the missed opportunities that occur from ignoring emerging markets in the world. It helped me realize that the world is a much better place when everyone is at the table.
Curation, real-time web, data science, visualization, Big Data
I've been drawing wicked comic book characters since I was 9.
I found myself in a conversation with Sergey Brin (Founder, Google), Jay Adelson (Founder, Digg), and Evan William (Founder, Twitter) at TED. One of these things was not like the other. ;-)
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