Jonathan Soma is a programmer and educator who focuses on making unapproachable data accessible. He has made maps, processed data, and crowdsourced stories with ProPublica, WNYC, The New York Times, and others.
In 2009 he helped create Big Apple Ed, a web application that crunched NYC school data, which was awarded third place in New York City’s first annual Big Apps contest. Since then, Soma’s personal projects – analyzing the Japanese census, MTA travel times and more – have been featured everywhere from Gawker to The New York Times Style section.
In 2010 Soma cofounded the Brooklyn Brainery, a community-driven recreational school where he instructs on neuroscience, the Loch Ness Monster, and everything in between. He is also a speaker at Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly lecture series on culinary history, food science and culture.
Soma earned his B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia.
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